This method was invented in 1885, with a machine called the side-matcher. The side-matcher helped the planks be fitted tightly together.
What is tongue and groove parquet?
Tongue & groove is an installation method for two similar objects, so they fit together. This method of fitting is used mainly with engineered and solid wood, in parquetry, paneling and other construction. Tongue and groove provide a single flat surface after two flat pieces joined strongly together.
Before its use in parquetry, the tongue and groove method was used to construct concrete framework.
Tongue and groove is the most traditional method to fit the parquet into your home. The planks of parquet have one long side and one short side with a tongue. The tongue should fit perfectly into the groove.
Why tongue and groove?
*Tongue and groove method is cheaper than other installation methods
*It’s easier to install.
*Very popular method and improves the flow of a room
*It has a tight and secure fit
*Tongue and groove can be fitted over any type of subfloor
*With the tongue and groove parquet, you will have minimum waste
How to install?
There are many options for installation the tongue and groove parquet. You advise the fitter the installation method you want based on the traffic you expect in the space. We will present you some options for installation:
The floating method: you need to secure the planks in place while they are laid on suitable underlay. You can use a small amount of glue to minimise movement. This method is a quick and simple one. You can understand the floating method, just by thinking of a jigsaw puzzle. The wood blocks will connect to each other.
The gluing or nailing method: is a method for high traffic or if you have kids who like to run around. This method needs more time but it is more stable. For this method, you need a bonding agent, like a glue or adhesive. The subfloor must be dry, smooth, cleaned and cleared of any dampness.
How to maintain?
Tongue and groove parquet is very easy to maintain. For removing the dirt and grit, you can use daily a soft bristle brush or vacuum. The dirt and dust can scratch and damage the tongue and groove parquet. Weekly you can use a Ph neutral wooden floor cleaning spray and microfibre mop. You can use a damp mop but with no excess water. If you don’t want any liquid to soak into the tongue and groove parquet, you must use a paper towel to wipe up promptly.
We don’t recommend using detergents, bleaches, abrasive or acidic cleaners on the tongue and groove parquet if you want to avoid damage. Another protection you can take is by adding felt protector pads to the bottom of furniture and heavy objects.