How to Seal Parquet Floors

Parquet Floors
  • 10-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 1,000-3,000
What You'll Need
Electric sanders
120-grit sandpaper
Tack cloth
Clean rags
Polyurethane sealer
Paint roller
Paint tray
Push broom

Parquet floors are made from wood but when you purchase them they're most likely finished and sealed with a thin layer of laminate. In some circumstances they are sealed with wax. Parquet floors are durable and rather inexpensive but like any other flooring material they can become damaged. When this happens you will need to refinish and seal them. You can hire professionals to do this but that will cost a lot of money. If you have a spare afternoon you can seal parquet floors yourself and the article below will show you how.

Step 1 – Prepare the Parquet Floors

Prior to sealing parquet floors you need to remove everything that is on the floor. This includes chairs and couches to the smaller end table. Once all of these items are removed you will need to clean away any dust or debris that may be present.

Step 2 – Sanding the Floor

With the parquet floors swept clean you begin to sand the floors down. You need to be able to remove the finish from the entire floor and not just a section or else the seal will not properly match. Sanding not only removes the finish (be it wax or polyurethane), but also scratches and scuff marks. Start at a far corner and work your way across the floor using medium pressure. You will be able to tell when the finish has been removed because the parquet floor will look dull and somewhat milky.

Step 3 – Sweep it

You cannot seal parquet floors when they are covered in dust from the sanding process. Use a push broom to gather as much of the dust as possible in to one area and then vacuum it up. This does not mean that you will have gotten all of the dust off of the floor. To make sure you do use a tack cloth over the entire floor. This will pick up any dust that may remain.

Step 4 – Wipe it Down

You could seal the parquet floors at this point but there is a trick you can do in order to make parquet floors look more brilliant after sealing. Fill a bucket with water and soak a clean rag in it and then wring it out to remove excess water to make it damp. With the damp cloth simply wipe down the floor. The water will open up the grain allowing better penetration of the sealer.

Step 5 – Sealing the Floor

Wait for the parquet floors to dry completely before attempting to seal them as the moisture will cause the sealer to not adhere properly. When this happens bubbles can form. Use a good brand of polyurethane and pour some in to the paint tray. Start at a far corner and begin rolling the polyurethane on to the parquet floors. It is important to apply the polyurethane as evenly as possible. Continue until the floor is completely covered then repeat once the first layer has dried.