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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:36 pm 
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We’re in the process of buying a house in Oradour s/Glane. It was built in 1955 and all the floors are chestnut parquet. They all seem in good condition, although the wood on the kitchen floor has been covered with lino.
Question: should I treat the parquet with anything before we move? The stairs look as though they might have had carpeting at some stage as the centre of each tread looks a bit thirsty.

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Has the parquet been varnished or had any other sort of sealing finish ?


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Well done having sold?
It depends on what finishing the floors have
Oiled, varnished or natural.
A product which I use which is very good for wooden counter tops and flooring is.
Cosmo Polyx-oil a hard wax-oil, very expensive but lasts a lifetime.
Doing a web search a few years ago the only place in the europe I found was in Germany, the problem was the enormous postage cost.
Found in the UK and had a visitor bring it down, another search now may throw up some there in France.
A quick search shows amazon fr has it but it costs.
Try looking for the German manufactures details and ask where it's stocked in France.
As with everything the best costs but lasts.

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 Post subject: Re: Parquet flooring
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:58 pm 
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One of the bedrooms with typical flooring condition.

No we haven't sold yet, Papi, but as these houses rarely come on the market we thought we'd better not pass it up.

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Quel dommage.
That floor looks superb, if they are all that they have been well looked after.
Am I jealous? No not really as when I get round to doing the new master suite in the barn I'll be using chestnut a wonderful wood.
You probably have all chestnut because if my memory serves me the time the property was build was when Dutch elm disease hit and they were all cut down.
Our barn here has rough elm planks covering half of the first floor, which I'm reusing, its so hard that it can't be nailed but drilled and screwed.
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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?

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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?

If you are keeping them bare then that's fine.

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The only contribution I can make is to make sure that water (even from wet shoes) does not come in contact with any untreated chestnut. It draws out the tannins and turns the wood black.

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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?

If you are keeping them bare then that's fine.

I wood disagree on that. Yacht varnish is a high build finish so marks easily, a bit last century.
Bona Mega is probably the best I have used, used on the floors of the London museums so v hard wearing.

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The only contribution I can make is to make sure that water (even from wet shoes) does not come in contact with any untreated chestnut. It draws out the tannins and turns the wood black.

Ah, thanks for that, Andy - that explains why there are some black marks that look like trainer soles on the old chestnut floorboards in our sitting room. We couldn't think how they had got there but it must have been when they stripped off the previous coating of whatever before applying some sort of clear polyurethane finish.

Our floors look like yours, Mad, though our house is a lot older. Unfortunately the previous owners stained some of the rooms a sort of mahogany colour but fortunately left the sitting room 'natural'.


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Teapot wrote:
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MAD87 wrote:
Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?

If you are keeping them bare then that's fine.

I wood disagree on that. Yacht varnish is a high build finish so marks easily, a bit last century.
Bona Mega is probably the best I have used, used on the floors of the London museums so v hard wearing.


Well just shows how ancient I am, I did state my expensive first choice, which i use here.
Way back in my sailing days on the Solent it was always good quality yacht varnish to take the ware and sea salt,not that you'll be getting any sea salt in Oradour, then as said things move on.

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Understood, in the Thames boat yard where they re work the fantastic old steamers and the like you once only saw yacht vanish. they do most of the work with acid cure epoxies now.

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Understood, in the Thames boat yard where they re work the fantastic old steamers and the like you once only saw yacht vanish. they do most of the work with acid cure epoxies now.

I've been left behind with the developments in boat building/maintenance ... it makes the days of layers of varnish and sanding to get a really smooth, shiny finish seem quite nostalgic :ymdaydream:
Today there are more effective, but some nasty, products.


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There is a fantastic French varnish for furniture etc, never used it on any floor and the French navy use it apparently. Le Tonkinois
http://www.letonkinoisvarnish.uk/varMain.html

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Thanks for that, Teapot - we have a pair of oak front doors which need stripping and revarnishing. They are exposed to sea air and sun so that could be ideal. The only thing you have to be careful of with oak is never to use anything that contains boiled linseed - it turns oak black.
Le Tonkinois sounds ideal !


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Well, that"s given me plenty to think about! I plan to do the stairs as soon as we have the keys but before we move in, probably at the end of the year. I only mentioned yacht varnish as I used it on the floors of our first house...in 1975, so definitely last century.

I'm sure I'll be back with more questions later on, but thanks to all the contributors.

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Mad if you want to stay in last century with all of those luverly floors buy or hire a wax polisher.

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I'd simply ask our local parquet floor guy for his advice - you could give him a ring. He's a genius :-bd
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liz wrote:
I'd simply ask our local parquet floor guy for his advice - you could give him a ring. He's a genius :-bd
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Servant-BRUNO-731593910247926/about/?ref=page_internal

I'll keep that link for the future. We're not signing the compromis until next Monday.

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liz wrote:
I'd simply ask our local parquet floor guy for his advice - you could give him a ring. He's a genius :-bd
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Servant-BRUNO-731593910247926/about/?ref=page_internal

Similar to asking a local pool guy, only I haven't found one that has much experience on products available from around the world, it tends to be what is local and what they have used before.

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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?



I bare scars from a fall down varnished wooden stairs whilst wearing slippers (ugg boot style slippers) beware!

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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?



I bare scars from a fall down varnished wooden stairs whilst wearing slippers (ugg boot style slippers) beware!

Well Mad could always do what we used to on the yacht foredeck, sand it whilst still wet :)

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Thanks Papi. I was thinking of something like yacht varnish for the stairs. Would that be suitable?



I bare scars from a fall down varnished wooden stairs whilst wearing slippers (ugg boot style slippers) beware!

Well Mad could always do what we used to on the yacht foredeck, sand it whilst still wet :)

Timed out again.
Mat varnish isn't as slippery as high gloss, there are some special non slip varnishes on the market as well.

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You can buy clear plastic sand or indeed fine sand to achieve same thing, dust it in whilst the coating is wet.

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