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8 things to know before vitrifying your parquet

8 things to know before vitrifying your parquet

1. Varnished or vitrified parquet, what difference?

Vitrify and varnish a parquet. It comes back to the same thing! Indeed, like varnish, the objective of vitrification is to preserve wood against everyday wear and tear. It consists in applying a thin film of transparent and waterproof varnish to the surface of the parquet in order to protect it from external aggressions such as stains, scratches, shocks and humidity. In other words, vitrification acts as a parquet finish!

2. The most effective finish and protection

It is the most effective finish to protect the parquet! It is often even preferred in oil or wax. These are not final when vitrification is almost since it has a lifespan of up to 15 years if it is well maintained!

3. Varnish in aqueous phase: a more respectful solution

Another good news: the vitrified parquet market has undergone a major evolution in recent years since it now offers a much more environmentally friendly solution. Whereas solvents were used in the past, varnishes and sealers exist today in the aqueous phase.

4. Vitrification darkens the wood

It is better to be warned beforehand! Indeed, glazing a parquet would tend to darken the color of the wood slightly. But once again, the range of varnishes has greatly expanded and now allows you to choose different types of finish. Shiny, matt or satin appearance, waxed, aged, patinated or oiled effect ... Take the time to choose the model that best suits your decor style and don't hesitate to request a sample to get a preview of the result!

5. For what type of wood?

In general, all types of wood - whether solid or laminated, can be vitrified. There is only one exception: rot-proof teak! Conversely and of course, it is impossible to vitrify a laminate parquet since it is not wood!

6. Apply a sealer well

We don't apply varnish or a sealer like that. The floor must be perfectly prepared to receive this protection. For this, the parquet must be absolutely sanded and clean. Two or three coats are required. It all depends on whether you use a hard base coat before vitrification. After applying the sealer in the direction of the wood grain, all that remains is to wait. It will take 48 hours for the floor to dry and at least a few days before installing your furniture.

7. The big disadvantage of vitrified parquet

Vitrified parquet has many advantages, but it also has a big drawback: it cannot be partially renovated. This means that if it is damaged in certain places, you will have to sand it and vitrify it again and this, in its entirety…

8. What about maintenance?

Nothing is easier than maintaining a vitrified parquet! It is also the least restrictive finish on this side. Use a microfiber mop and a neutral, non-abrasive cleaner for everyday use. And to restore radiance, consider applying a metallizing solution to renew once or twice a year. In all cases, we advise you to glue felt pads under the legs of your furniture!