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How Parquet Flooring Became Fashionable Again

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A brief look at how parquet flooring became popular again in the 1980s

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A nice bit of parquet flooring in a modern house. Image by Pavel Shynkarou (via Shutterstock).

Parquetry has been around since the 16th century. It was used in royal palaces and European homes. The Palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV lived, was notable for its parquet flooring. Back then, the price of carpets was a deciding factor in favour of wooden floors. From the late 17th century to the mid-19th century, pine floors and numerous parquetry patterns rose in popularity.

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Why Wooden Floors For Your Bedroom?

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The merits of wooden floors in your bedroom

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Stylish: wooden floors, such as this parquet floor, could bring the best out of your bedroom. Image by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Many of us spend a quarter or a third of each day in our bedroom. That’s excluding the amount of time we use our room for getting dressed. Sometimes, our home office or computer is in the same place as our king size or single bed. Therefore, we could spend more than half our days in the same room.

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Why Choose Reclaimed Flooring?

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How reclaimed flooring offers an environmentally friendly yet striking alternative to freshly laid hardwood flooring

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Reclaimed flooring can add character to your home. Image by Dymax (via Shutterstock).

If only floorboards could talk! If reclaimed flooring could talk, the wooden floorboards could tell an interesting story. They could tell of their seafaring days. They could hark back to their previous occupants – whether at home, school or work. Wooden floorboards could tell a story with greater depth than (supposedly) the average reality TV celebrity.

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Wooden Floor Fitting Fails

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A collection of clips on how not to fit a wooden floor, plus a bonus feature

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Work in progress: A section of wood flooring being repaired. Image by Boris Rabtsevich (via Shutterstock).

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Wooden Flooring or Laminate Flooring?

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How wooden flooring compares with laminate flooring

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A nice bit of parquet flooring in a modern house. Image by Pavel Shynkarou (via Shutterstock).

There are many closely fought battles between one football side or another, or those between brands. For example: the battle for cola drink supremacy between Coca Cola and Pepsi. There is one that is sure to go on for a longer period. Not the battle between carpeted floors and wooden floors. The one to watch is the battle between wooden flooring and laminate flooring. read more →

Parquet Floors: The Scores on the Floors

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An absolute beginner’s guide to parquet floors

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Exquisite: parquet floors are a popular choice for bedrooms, including this master bedroom photographed by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Whether in the home or a public hall, there is no mistaking the distinctive nature of parquet floors. They form part of many a dance floor, basketball court, school hall, public library, and numerous homes. With a geometric pattern, they add a touch of class to your floor.

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Advantages of sanding wooden flooring



Many people decide to have wooden floors put in over carpets as this means less time maintaining the carpet to make it look new and also wooden floors last for a very long time, much longer than carpets. In this article, I will discuss 5 advantages of sanding your wooden floor to make it look new again.

  1. Sanding wooden floors can make them look new and smoother than before. This is achieved as the sand scraps off the old layer and brings a new layer from below. The new layer can then soak up any stains.
  2. Once you have finished the sanding, you will notice the room looks brighter. This is gained as the light spreads correctly, while the ambience of the entire room improves. Also, having good ambience in your room will also make you feel good.
  3. Another advantage of sanding your wood floor is it can enable you to varnish and stain the new layer. This can make the staining process easier and reduce any regular wear and tear. This technique can also make the floor even.
  4. After you have completed the sanding, this can decrease the floor’s resistance to movement. As the floor remains level, this makes it hard for dust to collect in any portions of the floor which means the floor remains cleaner for longer periods and would require less cleaning.
  5. Finally, sanding can make cleaning the floor much easier and can also make the floor durable meaning it can last for a very long time.


Ready to sand your floor? Call us on 01977 730 244 or 07825 834 821. You can also email us on info@castlefloors.co.uk.

We offer a wide range of services including:

  • Sand & varnish
  • Sand & Oil
  • Sand & Stain
  • Staircase refurbishment
  • Floorboard replacement and much more!

For more details on Castle Floors and past projects we have done, visit our site on http://castlefloors.co.uk/

Why Wooden Floors For Your Living Room?

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How wooden floors add style to your front room

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For many people, there is at least one or more ‘which is better?’ type of argument. For example: which is better out of Rugby League or Rugby Union? Anyone born from the late 1960s to the early 1970s would ask if you lived in a Swap Shop house or a TISWAS house. In the field of floor coverings, there one argument that has gone on longer than the above two examples. That of wooden floors or carpets.

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A Guide to Maintain Your Flooring


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If you have just pulled up a carpet and found that underneath you have parquet flooring, you should consider yourself incredibly lucky. Parquet flooring is one of the best quality kinds of wooden flooring and can cost up to £120 per square metre. It doesn’t usually matter what kind of damage there is to the flooring, it can be repaired. If there are parts of it missing they can usually be sourced and replaced, dirt can be cleaned off and it can be levelled out if it is uneven. When it is repaired, for a uniform and clean looking finish, sanding parquet flooring is a good process to carry out. You can try and do this yourself but because of the valuable nature of the flooring, many people choose to use a professional or company experienced in sanding parquet flooring.

Depending on the condition of the parquet floor you may need to give your floor a thorough clean before the parquet sanding begins. Layers of dirt and wax will slow down the process as it will clog up your sanding paper quickly, rendering it useless. Old wax can be removed easily with White Spirit and dirt can be cleaned away. If you are doing this yourself, make sure the room is well ventilated as white spirit is dangerous to breathe in.

You will need machinery to carry out the sanding of parquet flooring in order to carry it out within a reasonable time frame – doing it by hand will take forever. A belt sander is often used. The endless sanding paper will give an even and seamless look on your wooden floor, unlike a drum sander because of the metal rod that has to keep the sheet of sanding paper fixed to the drum. You will need a smaller sander for edges and corners to make sure the finish goes all the way to the edge of the floor and that you don’t have edges of a different level and colour. This is another reason many people prefer to use a profession – the renting of the different kinds of machinery required can often work out just as expensive.
Once you have sanded your flooring you are ready to treat it to achieve the finish you prefer.

At Castle Floors, we can do this all for you, leaving your floor looking like new. You’d think we’d completely replaced it! With the correct tools, and knowledge and experience, we can give you a superior finish to your parquet flooring. If you’ve had a carpet laid over it for years, we can easily remove the thick layers of glue from the surface.