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Many factors are important when mechanically cleaning wooden floors. Photo: Kiehl
Mechanical wet cleaning of parquet floors
Pros and cons
Wooden floors are very popular. They are laid in the most varied buildings, and increasingly
on large areas. The cleaning and maintenance of such flooring, however, constantly presents
providers with new challenges. One example is the mechanical wet cleaning process
that has been used in sports halls for some time now. However, to prevent damage to these
floors, various important points must be considered.
This year, over 20 million square meters of parquet flooring
will probably be laid in Germany alone – and the trend is rising. 20
years ago, wooden floors were found almost exclusively in private
households. For decades, elastic flooring such as linoleum or vinyl,
and even stone surfaces, were preferred in large objects.
Currently, though, the use of parquet flooring in the contract
is increasing. Wooden flooring can be found in retail
offices and in the large showrooms of automobile
to name only a few examples.
Even municipalities have rediscovered their taste for these
Schools and sports halls increasingly use them as
well. This explains the large areas in the contract sector that are
already laid with wooden flooring. Manufacturers of parquet floors,
with varnish and oil suppliers, have developed
surface-treatment systems that meet the requirements
for appearance, cleaning and maintenance. Surface treatment
ranging from soaping to two-component oiling all the way to
are available for parquet floors.
Wood and its properties
All surface-treatment systems for parquet floors have an important
task – protecting the wood from moisture, dirt and premature wear.
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