In a bathroom, wood can be present in different ways: wooden furniture, wooden floors...
Wooden floors in a damp room such as a bathroom are commonly exposed to aggressions: repeated passages, humidity... To prolong their life, the choice of a good protection for wooden floors is necessary. est nécessaire.
Bathroom floors are highly exposed to moisture, water vapour or stagnant water.
Some floors are more resistant to humidity, such as ship deck floors with a design inspired by maritime constructions. These floors are specially designed to resist humidity in rooms such as bathrooms. They are often made from exotic wood species. Some boat deck floors are made from treated wood. These are more fragile species (pine, beech, poplar) that have been chemically treated to resist humidity. Boat deck floors are characterised by a double joint between the floorboards to maximise the watertightness of the support.
Even exotic woods, which are more resistant to moisture than other species, can also degrade if left untreated. We find different types of degradation following repeated exposure of a parquet floor to humidity:
Water stains: when the floor is not protected, stagnant water in a bathroom can quickly leave marks.
The development of mould
For all types of wood, the protection of the parquet floor in a bathroom is essential. In order to prolong the life of the floor, the choice of a suitable product is essential to protect a parquet floor from water, deformation and mould. In the following section, we will explain the differences between the protection products on the market.
Parquet glazers (also known as parquet varnish ) penetrate the surface of the parquet to form a hard protective layer. In this way the wood becomes impact-resistant and waterproof. The advantage of a parquet sealer (glazer) is its durability. You will not need to seal the bathroom floor every year. The vitrified parquet in the bathroom can be maintained many years later. As a general rule, if you use the same sealer to maintain your parquet, all you have to do is simply apply a new coat after a light surface gritting. To seal a wooden bathroom floor, we recommend the Parquet Glazer VP500 after applying a Anti-Tanins Primer PAT400 (on tannic or exotic woods) or a Special Primer For Parquet PSP400 (for other woods). For more information on the application of the products, you can read our article on the protection of a wooden floor by vitrification..
Another method is to wax the wooden floor. The result will be a more classic finish, since wax is a product frequently used to protect wooden floors. If you like the look of wax, we recommend Parquet & Furniture Wax CPM800. However, the protection of wooden floors in a bathroom will be better with a parquet sealer such as Parquet Glazer VP500. In fact, waxes are a more "basic" protection, we recommend them to give a silky aspect to floors that are not subject to much stress.
Finally, parquet oil is also an option for protecting wooden floors. The disadvantage is that it is difficult to apply and can cause a "greasy" effect if you are not used to working with this type of product. Protecting the floor will also be more effective with a sealer.