The ultimate beauty of your parquet will depend on the finishing touch. The parquet must be protected and several means are available: vtrification or varnish, oils, waxes and oils-waxes.
Vitrification or varnish
Vitrification can be seen as a strong and lasting finishing procedure. A wide range of products exists, depending on the frequency of passing through. From the “intense traffic”to the softer ones, these products exist as mono-or-bi-components, most often in watery phase. The colour of the wood will be more or less changed depending on the type of vitrification.
An oiled wooden floor has a very soft natural aspect. It requires more care than a vitrified parquet, but it can be retouched easily should a scratch or accident occur. An oiled parquet requires an adequate process for its maintenance and it must be re-oiled on a more or less regular basis, depending on the frequency of passing through. Oil tends to warm up the wood (more golden in case of oak). However, some oils will not at all modify the wood’s natural colour.
Being more fragile, water-sensitive, they require a very regular maintenance.
Mid-way between oils and waxes, they are more resistant as they contain a hardener.