Floor parquet is very popular flooring that is used in homes, condos and apartments. It is wooden flooring that holds up well in high traffic areas and is reasonably easy to clean.
However, if you would like to replace the parquet with a different floor covering, removing floor parquet can be a little tricky. This article will cover some of the basics to help you with the project.
History of the Parquet Floor
The Baroque Period in history was a time that the original parquet flooring became popular in homes. It was primarily used in the homes of those with wealth or royalty. The every day lay person would not be able afford such a style in their homes.
Floor parquet was a time that three dimensional patterns were first used in palaces and the homes of wealth citizens. Styles and designs were intricate and extremely detailed with the laying of the pieces in various shapes and patterns. One very distinguishable feature of parquet floor was the luster, smoothness and shine to this type of flooring.
Through the centuries, technological advances made it possible to create floor parquet packages where virtually anyone could both attain and afford this type of flooring.
No longer were these exquisite floor designs strictly for the palaces and the rich. They became so trendy that this type of flooring is available in many traditional patterns today.
Vibrating the Floor
The first step in removing floor parquet is to loosen sections of the flooring. Typically the flooring will have been laid over concrete. You can use a normal garden edger around the floor sections to loosen the flooring. The vibration will break the floor parquet pieces loose from the concrete underneath without causing any damage to the cement.
Another option to the garden edger is to rent a vibrating floor tool from your local hardware or home improvement store. The vibrating floor tool will help to loosen sections of the flooring for removal.
As you use something to vibrate the sections of the flooring you will need a lifter. This will pull the actual pieces up off of the concrete. You can use a flat, metal spatula or a putty knife to lift the various sections and peel them off of the concrete.
Disposal of the Sections
Once the sections have been loosened and lifted from the cement flooring, it is important to properly dispose of them. Do not burn these pieces of wood because the glue and the previous stains on the flooring can create toxic fumes if burned.
Removing floor parquet is not that challenging. The difficulty arises in removing all of the glue. Some floors have been glued to the cement and others used self-adhesive floor parquet. Either of these will leave a glue mess after removing the flooring pieces. Glue removal should be done in sections to get the best results.
One option for glue removal is to use hot soapy water and lots of elbow grease. It is important to not pour bleach on the concrete flooring because this will ruin the concrete and absorb into the concrete pours.
Another option for glue removal is a chemical removal. At the local home improvement store there should be a variety of glue removal solvents to select from. Use the solvent on the concrete in sections to make certain that all of the glue is properly removed.
Glue removal is the final step of removing floor parquet and very important. Whatever flooring you are using to replace the parquet will do better without all glue residue.