Artfloorescence-The Moisture Testing Guy

This article was written and shared by my friend and flooring expert Carl Bredl “The Moisture Testing Guy”. Carl Bredl the moisture testing guy – testing & inspections themoisturetestingguy.com 2w · Edited ‘Artfloorescence’ – There Is Beauty In Destruction These … Continue reading Artfloorescence-The Moisture Testing Guy

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!

Can I lay vinyl flooring over laminate flooring?

It is not recommended practice to install vinyl flooring of any kind plank or sheet over laminate flooring. Or any other flooring over laminate for that matter. Laminate flooring is installed in a floating method. It is not glued or nailed down to the subfloor. Therefor, one it should be pretty easy compared to other floors to remove and two it is not a suitable subfloor for a new vinyl flooring. Save yourself the grief of having issues with your new vinyl floor by removing the laminate and doing the work to prepare the subfloor correctly. It is kinda like … Continue reading Can I lay vinyl flooring over laminate flooring?

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?

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?

How do you tear out linoleum and vinyl tiles (VCT)?

The question came in: How do you there out linoleum tile? Although a big vague on details, I will attempt to help you through the process. Before you remove linoleum sheet goods or vinyl tile (VCT) it is best to remove approximately 3″x3″ area and the adhesives under it and have it tested for asbestos. It is more likely the adhesive would have asbestos than the floor but either could be a carrier. You can find a lab locally to do the test for under $50.00 in most cases. Once you are cleared to remove the flooring it depends on … Continue reading How do you tear out linoleum and vinyl tiles (VCT)?

What are the best ways to lay a linoleum floor over an existing one?

Before you decide to install a linoleum or vinyl floor over an existing floor you need to find out the recommendation from the manufacture of the new floor. Some floors are not ridged enough to be installed over a flooring that may give in to dents from furniture or appliances. As a rule I feel it is better to remove the existing flooring when possible, especially in areas of heavy traffic such as kitchens and other main living spaces. However at times it does make sense to prepare the existing floor for installation over a old floor. This could be … Continue reading What are the best ways to lay a linoleum floor over an existing one?

CAN I INSTALL OVER MY OLD FLOORING?

     Often I am asked if we need to remove the old flooring before installation of the new floor we are going to install. We want to look at the job site to be sure before we make that … Continue reading CAN I INSTALL OVER MY OLD FLOORING?