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State of parquet floors when moving out

What is expected of parquet floors when moving out? Do they need to be sanded or if there are just surface scratches is it ok, or does something else apply?
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What is expected of parquet floors when moving out? Do they need to be sanded or if there are just surface scratches is it ok, or does something else apply?
How long have you lived there & what was the condition when you arrived?
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Re: State of parquet floors when moving out

Broadly as they were when you arrived. Big scratches or water stains will cause a big problem, smaller scratches can usually be polished out.

Having said that - plastic wood filler and big feet during the handover have always been friends to me
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Re: State of parquet floors when moving out

If the parkette is "solid wood" with a varnish or lacke over and the scratches are surface only and don't go all the way to the wood then a fine car cutting polish can remove them. We moved out of an appartment with bad floors and did one corner of a room with budget clear aerosol spay (wrong I know!!) but it repaired the bad part of the floor (which my GF inherrited from the previous tennant) so no penalty on the deposit return. The other tip is to remove all the picture hooks you have put in the walls and fill the holes with white paper correction fluid (the one with the brush in it) for most white painted Swiss apartments it is a perfect match if done carefully.
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Re: State of parquet floors when moving out

I had scratches on the surface of the polyurethane surface on the parquet. I bought some light brown Kiwi shoe polish and in a few seconds the scratches had disappeared. Try this out first on a scratch in a corner.

Sanding down is not allowed, often written into the contract! You can rub the varnish off with steel wool. Big Coops and Migros sell it.
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Re: State of parquet floors when moving out

The floors were I would say close to if not perfect when we arrived and we've been here 4 years. The parquet is the square type with stripes of different shades of brown and a lot of the squares have a mark of one form or another, but they seem to be surface marks so hopefully easily reparable (with shoe polish!!) if needs be. Some have dents in from high-heeled shoes though.

So I gather it is expected that you somehow remove these marks, that they are not considered normal wear and tear. Do the landlords advise on what is needed? Just interested to know for future reference as have never lived in an apartment with parquet floors before.
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