Our 1965 house has original parquet flooring squares - we just moved in and are new to this.
The high traffic areas are worn out and are quite dirty, and we see very little written about refinishing or renovating parquet floors so would like any advice.
(1) These parquet tiles are about 9" x 9" squares and appear to be interlocking with tongue & groove, and over a thin concrete floor (over a below-grade level). We have a walk-out basement underneath & a below-grade garage. Since the main level is concrete, there are no joists and the basement ceiling surfaces are plaster finished.
(2) The parquet tiles have dried and shrunken over the last 45 years so there is creaking in some places, and gaps have opened up throughout.
There are about 1,500 sf of this and I don't know enough to DIY. At about $10 sf to rip out & install something else, I will have to keep the original flooring, and try to renovate it.
(3) I don't see how to stop the creaking except to have the wood go back to its original moisture content.
Also, we suspect the floors have been previously cleaned with water-based products (like Ajax/Mr. Clean floor mopping) so the wood was exposed to both water products and indoor heating due to No. Virginia winters.
(4) My reading about parquet floors is that they were mostly waxed finished/protected. We can't find any wood cleaning products. The Bona products and the like say "not for wax floors."
(5) EVERY refinishing product I've seen says the floor must be free of wax, and I don't know of any product that removes floor wax.
Then, the high traffic area is worn out -- we don't how to "refresh" or re-protect the wood.
The floor is not so bad that I would want to sand them and refinish. I just think a cleaner and a new topcoat would refresh it.