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Varnish, the economical and resistant solution
Consisting of a thin and transparent film applied to your parquet, varnish is undoubtedly the most economical solution of the three. Offering a shiny, satin or mat appearance depending on the style you are looking for, the varnish also has several other advantages. It retains the natural side of the parquet quite well and gives the room a certain warmth. In addition, this type of finish is known for its very high resistance and for the low maintenance it requires. Indeed, in order to keep it in its original state, it is enough to dust it and then clean it with a damp cloth. To protect it from aging or to revive it, a neutral cleaner is sufficient. These various advantages make varnish an excellent choice for small budgets. However, it must still be admitted that it is a less aesthetic solution than wax and oil. Likewise, in the event of deterioration, treatment of the entire surface is necessary.
Oil, a traditional solution for an authentic appearance
Used in parquet finishing, the oil penetrates and coats all the fibers of the wood. It thus highlights the rough woods and offers a contemporary style with a matt or satin appearance. A little more aesthetic and more refined than varnish, the oil however requires regular maintenance (even if it is quite simple). Indeed, to maintain this finish in good condition, it is necessary to dust the floor and then carry out a cleaning with suitable cleaning soap. A renovation consisting of a new layer of oil is also necessary every 6 months.
Wax, aesthetic, but delicate
This option is the most aesthetic of the three. It gives an extraordinary patina to your floor and its pleasant scent perfumes the whole room. However, this form of parquet finish has certain disadvantages. Indeed, it is film-forming: the wax only protects the surface of the wood and does not penetrate deep, unlike oil. Less resistant than oil and varnish, wax also requires very regular maintenance. In the event of stain, it is absolutely necessary to sand and think of passing a new layer of wax. Similarly, it is better to avoid contact with water. In addition, wax can make your parquet very slippery. Watch out for falls!