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How to laminate your floors
Having a laminated floor provides great protection for your floors, and according to some people, this protection is even better than hardwood floors. The good thing about laminated floors is the fact that they look like wood, but are easier to take care of, and to install. And now we are going to show you how to install them and have your floor laminated. First of all, you need to prepare your floor for the lamination. You need to allow the boards to acclimate, and you can do that by placing those unopened packages of boards in the room in which they are going to be installed, and let them stay there for at least two days. That way, they’ll adjust to the temperature, and will make the shrinkage of the boards minimal. Then, after those two days have passed, you will need to clean the floor on which you are planning to install the laminate. Make sure you clean it well, because anything that’s left will remain under the laminate forever. And now, a more complicated part comes into play. You will need to lay a moisture barrier of the floor. This moisture barrier comes in the form of a plastic lining, which will be covered by the laminate. The plastic must cover the entire floor, and make sure you don’t miss any part of it. Then, after you’ve placed the moisture barrier, you will need to lay down the padding also. Lay it down over the plastic lining, and it will not allow any small rocks or other residues that remain under it from causing damage to the laminate, which will be added later. Then, after the playing of the protection has been done, you can start placing the first boards. Start by placing the first one in the top left corner of the room, with the ridge of it facing the wall. Make sure you place the finished side up, and not down! Then, you should wedge the spacers between edges of the boards and the wall. You will need about 10 of them for the first two rows, but do not worry; they can be bought in any better supplied hardware store. Now just to the very same thing for the second board you wish to install. Place it down and position it the same way you’ve positioned the first board. Connect it with the first board, and then add the third one, the fourth one, the fifth one, etc. Then, just continue doing it until the entire row is completed, after which you’ll move on to the second row. Just make sure that your laminated boards fit the room, and if they do not, just trim them to exactly fit the floor, all the way to the wall. Now, once you’ve completed the flooring of the room, you must remove the spacers that you’ve installed. After that, you can place the baseboards, as well as thresholds for the doors. After doing that, your room is ready and having a new, cool laminate floor.
Repairing the Laminate Flooring
If you wish to class up your place, then add some hardwood floors to it. However, this might be pretty expensive to some people, and the laminate floors seem to be a great replacement for it. It looks like real wood, has the color of it, as well as a texture of it, but is much cheaper. However, even besides all these positive sides of it, the laminate floors do get damaged, and become in need of repairs. And if you read this article, you will know how to repair it and how to take good care of your laminate floors. The most frequent damages that are in need of repairs are definitely scratches and surface damages. And when that happens, the first thing you need to do is to clean up the damaged part of the floor, and wait for it to get dried. After it’s been dried, take a laminate floor repair kit that you can buy in any better supplied hardware store in your town. Before you start doing any repairs, make sure that the repair kit is for the exact type of the laminate you have, because you don’t wish to end up with a section of the floor that is completely different than the rest of it. Then, just fill in the scratches or holes in your laminate floor, and put some way or putty in them. Once you’ve done that, wait for it to get dry and remove any excess material. Clean up the floor, and it’s done. There are also some damages that appear near the edges of the laminate boards, and we will also tell you how to fix those. Firstly, see if the damage is really huge, and the only way for you to do so is to remove the board from the floor, but do it extremely carefully, because you don’t want to break it or to damage it even more. Once you’ve removed the board, see if there are any other boards that have been damaged, and it there are, remove them also. Then, all you need to do is to replace them with new boards, or the ones that you didn’t use while you were installing the laminate in the first place, and your work there is done. Just make sure the new boards have similar color and texture as the ones next to them; because you don’t want to install new boards that are completely different than the ones next to it. We are also going to show you how to repair those damages that appear on the center of the laminate board, and that has to be done a bit differently. First, cut a section around the damaged part of the laminate board. Then, remove the part of the board that is damaged. After you’ve done that, remove the remaining part of the board; and this will be a lot easier now, because it get more flexible because it is missing its central part. After that, just put in a new laminate board and your work is done.
Installing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are great; they make your house look nicer; they increase the value of your house, if you wish to sell it; they make the floors look more natural, etc. However, some people seem to have trouble installing it. They have to call a guy to do it for them, and then the price of it gets only bigger, and eventually, they realize that it’s just not worth it, and that they should install it themselves. And now, thanks to this article of house, you will know how to install hardwood floors too, all you have to do is read this article. First of all, you will need to purchase the hardwood floors you believe would look the best in your home and on your floors. Make sure you choose the ones that are durable and look nice; don’t let the price be the sole thing that will help you decide. Also, make sure you have a ride that can deliver them to your home, or else, you will have to pay for the delivery. Then, after you’ve purchased the hardwood floors and delivered them to your home, you will have to leave them in the room you wish to install them in, and let them sit there for a while – which is roughly two weeks. The wood needs to soak up the atmosphere of the room, which will help it to contract and expand. It this happens once you’ve already installed them, your floors might crack and become uneven, which is something you never want to happen. If you already have an old hardwood floor, remove it before installing a new one. If you do not have any hardwood floors, then, or course, just skip this step. Now, you can start installing the hardwood floors. First, choose the longest wall, and start placing the boards along it. The first boards are the most important ones, so make sure you do this properly. Then, after you’ve placed the entire row of boards, start placing a new row. Just make sure you pick the boards that are of similar color, texture and appearance to stand next to each other. Also, you need to make sure your boards are placed in a straight angle. That way, your floors will not look crooked. Pay attention to the point when you make it to the end of a row. When you get there, your board will probably not fit. That is why you will need to cut the board so it fits the row and makes it in between the last placed board and the wall. Make sure you cut it properly, or else your mistake will always be visible, even when you place the baseboards at the end. Now, after you’ve installed the hardwood floor board over the entire floor, all that’s left for you to do is to place the baseboards and thresholds. Once you’ve completed the installment, you will need to clean the floor, and your job here will be done.
Taking care of Hard Wood Floors
Hardwood floors make your house look nicer; there is no question about that. However, hardwood floors may be very hard to take care of, and especially if there is always something going on in your house and the movements happen non-stop. In those cases, the floors tend to get damaged and ruined. However, if you read this article and take our advices, your hardwood floors should be in perfect condition all the time. So, let’s begin. First of all, you need to know that there are some things you should never do to your hardwood floors. There are some products that you can never use on them, even though you thought that they might help make your floors even nicer. And besides the products you cannot use, there are some things you should never do. For example, you should never use a regular household dusting products, as well as regular household products. They can damage your hardwood floors, as can dragging the furniture when you’re trying to move it; never do that, because that way you can scratch and gouge your floor. Also, there are some products you can never use, such as ammonia, or wax with urethane or with any other glossy finish. They can damage the floors pretty hard. In addition, you should never mop the floors with water, because we all know that water can cause great damage to wood. Now that we know what we cannot do, it is time to find out what we should do to protect our hardwood floors. First of all, we should vacuum it, because as we know, mopping them is bad. Also, we can protect our floors from the direct sunlight by placing blinders or sheers to our windows. That way, the sun will not have a direct impact on the floor, which is a good thing. Another good thing is not to wear shoes with stilettos while you’re on the hardwood floor. And while we’re on the subject of feet and damaging the floors, if you have a pet, make sure you trim their nails every now and then; their nails can damage the floor, even though it may look impossible to you. As we have mentioned earlier, water can damage your hardwood floors, and you should not use it on it. However, accidents do happen from time to time, and there is a great chance that you might spill something on your hardwood floor. In that case, clean up the spill immediately using a paper towel, or any other type of a dry cloth. So, now that we know what we should and what we should not do with our hardwood floors, taking care of it should be a piece of cake. All you have to do is to follow these instructions, and your hardwood floors should be nice and clean, and looking the same way they did the day you’ve installed them. Taking care of them does not require any special treatment, just doing the stuff mentioned here.
How to wax floors
Having wooden floors may look great, but that floor needs to be taken care of. It needs to be cleaned quite often, and you need to pay special attention not to damage it. However, after a while, the floors do get damaged, whether you want it or not, and you may want to fix them by waxing them again. This is not that difficult, and all you have to do is to exactly you should do. Well, thanks to us, you will know now, and all you’ll have to do is to follow these instructions, and your floors will be as good as new. First of all, you need to prepare your floor for the waxing. Before anything else, you need to figure out if the floor has been treated in the past or not. If it was waxed, you will need to remove that wax, but that part will come later. Ask a professional what type of wax you should use to re-wax the floors, and then go to the store and buy it. Next, you will have to remove all the furniture from the room whose floors you wish to wax. In fact, remove everything from that room, even the pictures on the walls. You can never be too safe. And now we come to the part we’ve mentioned earlier – if the floor was waxed in the past, you will need to strip that old wax. However, if the floor was never waxes, you can just go on and wax it right away. Since non-waxed floors are extremely rare to find, we will explain to you how to strip the old layer of wax. You will need to get a stripping solution for the wax. Then, clean up your floors with a broom or a mop, and remove everything from it, including dust, debris, stains, etc. Then, the floor is ready to be stripped, but make sure you protect yourself first. Put on some gloves, and face masks, because the fumes from the solution may be extremely dangerous. Also, make sure you protect your feet, since they are in direct contact with the floor. After the floor has been prepared for the stripping of the old wax, mix up the solution exactly as it is explained in the user’s manual, and start applying it to the floor with a mop. Make sure you apply the solution to every single corner of the room’s floor, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, you will need an auto scrubber, which will scrub the floors and leave it smooth as if they were sanded. Then, you will need to clean the room once again, and remove everything from the floor, including dust, pieces of stripped wax, and any other debris. After that’s been done, you can start applying the new wax to your floor. Do it by applying it to a mop, and then mopping the floor. After you’ve completed the waxing of the room, let it sit for a while, and let it get completely dry. Later, you can add some more layers of the wax, just to make sure your floor is completely protected.
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