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Parquet Flooring Restoration

Parquet flooring dates back centuries, and became all the rage in the UK in the mid-20th century. Some parquet floors in historic or classic buildings may date back decades, and wood floors that old need special maintenance, care, and restoration. Rather than replacing old parquet flooring with new wood or something more modern, bring your parquet floors back to life with professional restoration services. The appearance of your parquet flooring after it’s undergone restoration will give your entire room a dramatic transformation. Proper restoration and repair also improve safety.

Parquet Flooring Restoration Service

Horizontal Matters are flooring experts and have restored and repaired parquet floors for over thirty years. When we restore parquet flooring, our process typically includes sanding to enhance the appearance and smooth the rough edges that have gathered over time. Parquet floor repair may also involve replacing any blocks that have suffered too much damage. Before we begin any part of the restoration, we consult with you and survey your property so we can assess what needs to be done for a full parquet flooring restoration. We’ll advise you on the best options for your floor, and provide you with a quote for our services.

Over 30 Years Experience

In more than three decades working in the flooring business and restoring parquet floors, we’ve become a top flooring company in Walthamstow and North London. We’re always available to provide our customers with expert advice, unparalleled customer service, and affordable prices on flooring and flooring services.

Parquet Floor Repair

Wood parquet flooring can suffer damage over time, as a result of leaks and spills from appliances, moisture, or scratches from moving furniture. To keep your parquet floor looking like new – and to prevent bigger problems like moisture from setting in – you may need flooring repair and restoration services. Common issues with parquet flooring include damaged, loose, or missing blocks, gaps, uneven flooring, excessive stains or scratches, or the floor may have become too difficult to clean and maintain. Our flooring experts will do a thorough evaluation of your parquet floor to determine which restoration and repair services are best suited to you.

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Sanding Parquet Flooring

An integral part of the parquet flooring restoration process is sanding. It typically comes after replacing blocks and helps remove any old varnish or lacquer that’s still on your wood floor. Sanding the parquet floor smooths out the surface and covers noticeable scratches as well. After we finish sanding, we add a clear stain to emphasise the wood’s natural grain and really make the parquet floor shine. We can then either add a durable lacquer finish or a natural oil to keep the floor protected. For some properties, all it takes to restore parquet flooring is some sanding and a new finish.

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Visit Our Wood Flooring Showroom

If you have questions about restoring your parquet flooring or would like to speak with one of our experts, feel free to visit our flooring showroom in Walthamstow. We’ll discuss your flooring and restoration needs, and advise you on the best services for your wood floor. We also have a variety of parquet flooring types and a large stock of samples on display, so you can see what’s possible with parquet flooring. We can also answer your questions regarding other types of flooring, or if you’re considering replacing your parquet flooring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wood & Laminate Floors

Yes. There are many sound reducing underlays on the market which can be incorporated into the installation. These will offer a sound reduction of between 10 to 43 decibels.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

Yes, but in most cases for wood it must be an engineered product, and you must use an appropriate underlay specifically designed for the purpose.

This would be due to excessive moisture. If you are using a mop to clean your floor ensure it is well wrung out before you start.

All wooden floors must be laid with room for expansion. There are various ways of concealing the expansion gap and we can happily show you all the various options.

Unless great care is taken with a wooden floor it is very likely to scratch. If you have a ‘shoes-off’ policy in your house this would reduce the likelihood of scratches, as will a strong doormat to catch loose grit at the entrance. In the case of laminates, they are highly scratch resistant.

Most wooden floors are more or less maintenance free but you should always follow the manufacturers recommended guidelines for maintaining your floor.


‘Tracking’, as it is known, may occur in high traffic areas, and will depend on the type of carpet you select. Carpets that are denser are less likely to track. To reduce the likelihood of this occurring it is recommended that carpets are vacuumed twice a week to lift the pile, and we also recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

The average life span is 7 years although there are a lot of new carpets on the market that give a 10 year guarantee.

Depending on the type of carpet being installed either plywood or hardboard can be applied to the floorboards prior to your new carpet being fitted.

Yes, you can but low tog underlays must be used which will allow the heat to penetrate through to your room.

There are specialist underlays available that reduce this type of noise and we would be happy to provide advice to you if this is a concern.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

What our clients say...

Mrs Goodman, North Finchley

Delighted with my new Lounge carpet, supplied and expertly fitted by Horizontal Matters – highly recommend the service, choice and fitting

Mrs S S

Horizontal Matters provided me with first class service end to end. Stuart provided great customer service.  He visited us at our home with a wide range of samples, promptly followed by a more than reasonable quote.  Horizontal Matters were also very accommodating with arrangement of the fitting days. The carpet fitters were very professional and friendly.  Arriving on time over …

Raj Bhatt | Property Associates

I just wanted to thank you for providing a high-quality service with complete professionalism in our recently completed development in Finchley. You followed up on my referral immediately and came on-site within a week and then provided a competitive quote within a few days. We scheduled a time to fit and you arrived promptly to complete the job. I was …

Simon Miller

Horizontal Matters is led by Stuart Gaylor, an experienced floor specialist. I have known Stuart for what must be 10 years. He will offer you a great choice in flooring, a very good fitting service, all with grace. My practice has recommended Stuart and his team for years, and will keep doing so. If you are thinking of a new …


Dear Stuart I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided when we needed new carpets and needed to refurbish wooden floors at a rental property. You provided a wide selection of modern-looking cost-effective carpets for us to choose from, and you fitted them expertly at a time convenient to us. The carpets look exactly right for …

JP & AH | Block 100 RTM Ltd.

Dear Stuart On behalf of the management company and leaseholders we wish to thank you and your fitting team for the recent replacement of the lino in the common parts of the building including the stairwell. We were delighted with the way you managed the project from start to finish. Your quotation was clear and good value, you wrote to …

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