Where do uneven areas in the parquet come from and how can you get rid of them?

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Last night I discovered some rough, pitted areas in the parquet. I hope the picture shows the case well enough.

We moved in about 2 weeks ago. I can't tell if or how these spots were already there. I didn't notice them before, but now they are bothering me more and more, especially because I worry that these spots will get bigger or that there will be new problematic cases in other areas. These spots are very rough, so I would like to at least do something about it.

What do you think? Is this happening at the manufacturing facility? Or did these spots appear later? What is the best thing to do about it?

  • I know, the quirks of hardwood flooring are very annoying in the beginning. However, over time there will be more of them, and eventually they will stop bothering you.
  • Real wood flooring "lives on" from use in the home and acquires its character over time. The first place is still perceived as a "fad." Later, you will love the floor for what it is. If you don't like it, you might be better off choosing a different material.



Whatever the reason for the dents, here's a tip from practice to greatly minimize dents in the wear layer:

In the evening, take a new, folded TEMPO handkerchief and cut a piece about 2 x 2 cm from it with scissors. We will also need a shot glass.

Wet the Tempo section well with water, but please not so much that it gets completely soaked and the water runs out! Less is more!

Put the moistened pulp on the dent and cover the whole thing with the shot glass upside down (open side toward the parquet) to protect the pulp from drafts.

After about 12 hours, you will see that the dents are mostly squeezed out again by the pressure of the wood swelling. This works in most cases and only if the wood cells have not been so compressed by significant point loading that the elasticity of the wood has given way to ductility.


As a last resort, sand it off – but that doesn't seem appropriate to me, as the repair will cause even more damage. Take some very fine sandpaper and make the rough quirks smooth.

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