A rich, gleaming parquet floor makes almost any home a joy to walk into. Getting your floor into peak condition requires a lot of buffing, but it is worth it. It makes regular maintenance of the floor easier, too.
Sweep or vacuum your floor thoroughly. It's important to get as much loose debris off the floor as possible, because any remaining dirt can scratch the floor when you wash and buff it. Be sure to get into all those stubborn corners.
Wash the floor. Use a high-quality wood soap product. Some detergents strip wood of its natural properties, leaving it looking dry and brittle. Use a product that nurtures the wood. To get the floor as clean as possible, scrub it with a soft brush and dry it with old towels.
Make sure the floor is completely dry. Apply a high-quality paste polish, designed for wood. Paste polish nourishes the wood and fills in all the tiny little scratches you may not even see. If possible, use an electric buffer. Your floor will gleam in a matter of minutes. Without an electric buffer, you are in for hours of hand polishing, using lamb's wool or something equally soft.