FLOOR REMOVAL, GRINDING CONCRETE. WHAT TO EXPECT.

Grinding Concrete is dusty business every time it is done. We use vacuum equipment when possible and cover doors openings and furniture, however you can expect the home to have some dust on all surfaces when completed. It is best to plan on a house cleaning after work is completed as part of the cost of the project. Tile and hardwood removal often disturb the subfloor in the same way and creates a large amount of dust. With that said, at times our clients tell us “it was much less dusty than expected”. So if you are having this work … Continue reading FLOOR REMOVAL, GRINDING CONCRETE. WHAT TO EXPECT.

HOW TO FIX A SQUEAKY FLOOR!

We often run into squeaky floors when installing a new one. At times we get a call about a new squeak after a new floor is just installed. Let’s go over a couple of issues we see on flooring projects. Before an install: Loose 2”x6” subfloor is common and can be screwed down rather than nailed. Screws do hold tighter and longer. Also if we can use glue or construction adhesive as well that will really make the correction last. Sometimes you need to add more support under the area to hold an area firm. This can be done by … Continue reading HOW TO FIX A SQUEAKY FLOOR!

BEST FLOOR TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND HEALTHY?

This question reminds me of an article I read a few years ago. The article was about commercial hospital flooring. Flooring, janitorial and hospital industries were working together to decide what was the healthiest environment for their patients recovery rooms. … Continue reading BEST FLOOR TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND HEALTHY?

How do I clean my Bona microfiber cleaning pad, and my Bona microfiber dusting pad?

Wash your Bona duster and mop heads in the washing machine with detergent only. No fabric softener or bleach should be used. For they can damage the material. You can let them air dry (best) or put in the drier at low heat. Again not to damage the materials. The heat can deactivate or melt the fine fibers. Microfiber is a synthetic material with split fibers positively charged that work well in wiping up dirt, oil and grease which are negatively charged. It is a good idea to have more than one on hand at a time for large floors … Continue reading How do I clean my Bona microfiber cleaning pad, and my Bona microfiber dusting pad?

Which flooring should be installed first, or does it matter?

Tile can be messy and the traffic to complete the job is heavy as well. It is recommended to have all your tile and grout work done before carpet, vinyl flooring or hardwood installation. This is typically after any cabinet and painting work is completed. After tile is done we want to install sheet vinyl and laminate flooring if you have any. Hardwood flooring should be held to after all other trades finish there work. Any work that might need ladders like installing light fixtures and crown molding should be completed. We want to protect hardwood and install it at … Continue reading Which flooring should be installed first, or does it matter?

What can I do with hardwood floors to make them less slippery?

 Having a slippy floor is dangerous for anyone. I have walked myself into several rooms and almost gone arse over tea-kettle myself. If your hardwood floor is slippery it could be caused by something on the finish that can and should be removed. A good clean floor should not be slippery. The cause could be too much wax, water on the floor or even a thin layer of dirt or soil. Let’s start by cleaning the floor. Sweep it well in all areas and under the toe kicks and up tight again the base. Then let’s clean with the floor … Continue reading What can I do with hardwood floors to make them less slippery?

What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

At times I look at the option of installing a new floor coverings over existing ceramic tile. New flooring must be installed over a suitable underlayment that is solid, stable, dry, clean and smooth. Things I take into consideration are: Is the existing tile bonded well to the subfloor? We can’t install over a old floor unless it is solid and stable. I would look the tile over for signs of bond failure such as cracks in the tile or grout. If I find any cracks I will knock on areas listening for hollow or loose spots. If I find … Continue reading What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

Can a swollen wooden flooring be normal again? What are the methods of recovery?

This week I was asked by Margaret: Can a swollen wooden flooring be normal again? What are the methods of recovery? This depends on the type of wood flooring and the reason for the swelling. In some cases the floor can go back down to a almost normal position. The floor needs to dry. fans, time and a dehumidifier are all tools to help. After 6 weeks the floor should be back about as best as it is going to get. Often after this time the correction if there is one involves less area. You should have an expert come … Continue reading Can a swollen wooden flooring be normal again? What are the methods of recovery?