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A boring question about...Parkett flooring

We will move into our new forever home soom with a brand new parket floor. It is matt sealed with a light wax.

I have a question about the cleaning of said floor. We have dogs and I will have to clean the floor with water or something at least once a week.

What products or recommendation do you lovely forum readers have? I don't mind paying extra for a good quality product. And what mop should I be using...nothing too wet obviously.

Anyway I wait patiently for answers to my very mundane question

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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Depends if it is real wood , laminate, etc

There is several soap products just for that. A simple swiffer like mob with that solution will do. YOu will have to polish the floor regularly to get the paws out of the wax..... Price of having dogs I guess....

(we polish 2x a week with the machine, but then again we are anal about it)
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We will move into our new forever home soom with a brand new parket floor. It is matt sealed with a light wax.

I have a question about the cleaning of said floor. We have dogs and I will have to clean the floor with water or something at least once a week.

What products or recommendation do you lovely forum readers have? I don't mind paying extra for a good quality product. And what mop should I be using...nothing too wet obviously.

Anyway I wait patiently for answers to my very mundane question
The company who installed the new floor should be able to give you the instructions for the care and maintenance of the floor. I assume you told them you have dogs before you installed the floor. The floor specialist I worked with has dogs and before we installed new flooring I visited his showroom and his dog was there.

We had wood floors with the dogs years ago. The floor was sealed with a varnish. A damp mop was all I needed to clean it with. A waxed floor is going to be more work.
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Your dogs look lovely.

When their claws go through the surface protection to the wood, you will need to clean the surface then apply the wax repair regime suggested by the manufacturer.

No surface finish lasts forever looking perfect, and with two largish dogs it makes thing challenging. I think you are going to have to recognise what sort of damage is happening to the wax surface as it happens and take appropriate action, from vacuum and wipe over, to some special product to replenish the wax.

Farmer types will be heading to Landi, probably to ignore the manufacturer's advice, and use their own regime of waxes. Landi have a range of special waxes you can melt and add to cleaning water. Shops like Migros have mops with large damp wipes, and Migros sell cleaning liquids with wax additives to avoid normal detergents destroying the finish when using water.

The idea with a wax finish is that you can keep protecting the wood yourself as surface damage occurs, and it will develop a nice patina. I can imagine some families having the wax completely stripped and re-applied by specialists every few years, but you should also be able to get into a routine yourself with either official recommended products or the alternatives.
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

We used the stuff provided by the manufacturer for a couple of years until that ran out. Since then, we have been using the Bona products which you can find at COOP B&H. Easy to use and looks nice once applied. We've got dogs and kids and probably should apply it more often but usually only get around to it once a year. Mostly we just use a wet mop (just water, no detergent) when needed for routine cleaning.
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

I grew up with three Labs in London and we had a parquet floor in the hallway. All I can say is that the floor was totally un-restorable after 10 years. In the end my parents put in a tiled floor, far easier to clean and looked much nicer then dog clawed wood. Good luck with your parquet, maybe your Labs are less excitable at walkies and dinner time then mine were
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Old 08.03.2015, 07:49
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

You can buy a cleaning product, especially for cork and parkett flooring. Just dilute with water in a bucket and use a mop.

Should be easily found in most stores.
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The company who installed the new floor should be able to give you the instructions for the care and maintenance of the floor.
This.

We use a product from the installer designed specifically for the finish.

Whether it does a better job than one we could buy from one of the DIY stores - who knows. But with the thundering herd pottering about, ya do whatcha gotta do.

That said, I very much regret the parquet. We chose supposedly the best on the market, the thickest top solid wood layer, sandable 4 (or 6, can't remember) times. Yet I still have claw marks. The dogs don't scratch - this is just from the pitter-patter of the pooches going about their normal day.

(I had solid hardwoods with a varnish finish in all my houses in the US - with never a sign that canines were in residence. Those floors will last a few hundred years, stand up to anything. Oh how I wish I could have had a solid hardwood floor here rather than parquet.)

Fortunately I only have parquet in the bedrooms, the rest of the house is tiled. We've decided that we will only sand when we move out, no sense in doing so earlier. That way we will leave the new owners with a floor that is still sandable several more times.

Until then: area rugs.
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We will move into our new forever home soom with a brand new parket floor. It is matt sealed with a light wax.

I have a question about the cleaning of said floor. We have dogs and I will have to clean the floor with water or something at least once a week.

What products or recommendation do you lovely forum readers have? I don't mind paying extra for a good quality product. And what mop should I be using...nothing too wet obviously.

Anyway I wait patiently for answers to my very mundane question
Lay carpets and rugs over the main areas, otherwise you will ruin the new floor.
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Great responses Thank you! Lots to think about.

Since then I have been advised to use only water no soaps. They advised a polish bi annually....although I think we may need to do this more.

As for our four legged friends they will be less inside as they curently are in our apartment as we have a garden now, dog house . Thank god for this. We really debated tiling throughout the house but the schrenerei said it would feel cold as we don't have underfloor heating. He has two Swiss mountain dogs and parkett. There is no denying it will get damaged but the type we chose is more 'durable' apparently. We opted ofr tiles in the hallyway instead.

I have also heard of Bona from the UK but didnt know they sold it here so will take a look.

Just got the move to go...two days.... two dogs two toddlers and a man. Give me strength!!
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

It all depends on the type of floor. Some have a thin layer of real wood on top, in which case you would want to avoid soap and water, and you should probably oil it now sow that moisture and stains do not seep in. But sometimes its some synthetic surface, it which case you could use soap and water, and maybe apply a sealant on top. But you have to find out from the floor manufacturer how to bed take care of it. You might be able to protect it before your dogs scratch it up.
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Great responses Thank you! Lots to think about.

Since then I have been advised to use only water no soaps. They advised a polish bi annually....although I think we may need to do this more.

As for our four legged friends they will be less inside as they curently are in our apartment as we have a garden now, dog house . Thank god for this. We really debated tiling throughout the house but the schrenerei said it would feel cold as we don't have underfloor heating. He has two Swiss mountain dogs and parkett. There is no denying it will get damaged but the type we chose is more 'durable' apparently. We opted ofr tiles in the hallyway instead.

I have also heard of Bona from the UK but didnt know they sold it here so will take a look.

Just got the move to go...two days.... two dogs two toddlers and a man. Give me strength!!
If the person who installed the floors has dogs one would hope you have a floor which might be a bit more resilient. We have experience with many different types of floors. The hardwood we had in Asia was imported from North America and it was very durable.

Some tiles are slippery for dogs. Also, the grout can be a challenge to keep clean. There are newer mixtures of grout today which do not absorb dirt. There are also porcelain tiles which are treated during the manufacturing process to resist dirt and stains. Tiles work well with the underfloor heating as they stay warm. Without underfloor heating they can be very cold.

We opted for a laminate which is really durable, not slippery and easy to clean. I did want to put down wood flooring but this was out of the question because of the dogs.

We have put down carpet runners to help the dogs manage a bit better on the tiles.

Good luck with the move!
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Our older dog slips on wood and tiles so the poor bugger has to wear indoor socks! We will have rugs too!

Yes I am learning only now how difficult tiles are to keep clean between the grout. In fact on one apartment we had white tiles and grout. It's was grey when we left!


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If the person who installed the floors has dogs one would hope you have a floor which might be a bit more resilient. We have experience with many different types of floors. The hardwood we had in Asia was imported from North America and it was very durable.

Some tiles are slippery for dogs. Also, the grout can be a challenge to keep clean. There are newer mixtures of grout today which do not absorb dirt. There are also porcelain tiles which are treated during the manufacturing process to resist dirt and stains. Tiles work well with the underfloor heating as they stay warm. Without underfloor heating they can be very cold.

We opted for a laminate which is really durable, not slippery and easy to clean. I did want to put down wood flooring but this was out of the question because of the dogs.

We have put down carpet runners to help the dogs manage a bit better on the tiles.

Good luck with the move!
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Coincidentally, today I am cleaning up light dog damage and wear and tear on an 18 year old light oak strip floor, with similar water based matt top finish.

I am lightly sanding the finish off where it is discoloured and/or has surface damage, then bleaching with CIF/Putz white cleaning paste to lighten the wood up again once the finish is sanded off, then a couple of coats of water based mat varnish. Finally wash off with sponge mop & water with some wax floor protector in it. The bleaching part and water based varnish is important otherwise the retouched areas finish up a lot darker.
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Re: A boring question about...Parkett flooring

Can you get an eco cloth floor mop in CH? We use one here in the UK on our wooden floors to clean up after muddy footprints saves a full wash every day, no soap just a very little water maybe worth a look! Gorgeous hounds! X
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Our older dog slips on wood and tiles so the poor bugger has to wear indoor socks! We will have rugs too!
If you find that the socks don't give enough traction, you might also consider boots with a non-skid sole. For instance, these from Ruffwear (available at Meiko here):
http://www.ruffwear.com/Barkn-Boots-...=2&category=11

I've had my share of wobbly oldies; as long as they don't object to wearing boots, non-skid soles can be a huge help both indoors and out.
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If you find that the socks don't give enough traction, you might also consider boots with a non-skid sole. For instance, these from Ruffwear (available at Meiko here):
http://www.ruffwear.com/Barkn-Boots-...=2&category=11

I've had my share of wobbly oldies; as long as they don't object to wearing boots, non-skid soles can be a huge help both indoors and out.
Ours won't wear boots or socks. I looked for carpet runners with non slip backing and relatively easy to clean. I might lift them in the summer as when the house is warm and more humid I find the tiles are not slippery.

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Can you get an eco cloth floor mop in CH? We use one here in the UK on our wooden floors to clean up after muddy footprints saves a full wash every day, no soap just a very little water maybe worth a look! Gorgeous hounds! X
I also find when the tiles are dust free they are also less slippery. I use the microfibre mop system (Vileda or Ebnat).
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