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!

HOW TO CLEAN WATERPROOF VINYL FLOORING!

We recommend the Bona Floor Cleaning System as the best way to care for your new Luxury Vinyl Flooring or Laminate. https://www.bona.com/Global/Countries/United%20States/Spec%20Sheets/2011%20Specs/Pro%20Series%20Stone,%20Tile%20and%20Laminate%20cleaner.pdf Any one of the Laminate or LVT Bona Cleaners or kits are a great way to care for … Continue reading HOW TO CLEAN WATERPROOF VINYL FLOORING!

WATERPROOF FLOORING ON STAIRS – STAIRNOSE OPTIONS

Laminate flooring is designed as a floating floor system. There are times we glue them down solid. Most often we would glue down a laminate floor on stairs, stair landings or at a step at top of a loft type area. We glue laminate flooring down at times for safety reasons. We want steps and stairs to be solid and not have flex or movement in these areas. Along with floating or gluing areas of laminate we may have trim options at the stairs as well. The first photo here shows a flush type laminate trim (we used different color floor … Continue reading WATERPROOF FLOORING ON STAIRS – STAIRNOSE OPTIONS

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?

Where can laminate flooring be installed in the home?

Laminate flooring can be installed in most every room of the house. With the new Waterproof Laminates we are now installing laminate into bathrooms, laundry rooms and well used mud rooms even in the snow country. Quality laminates have performed well for decades in kitchen, well traveled hallways, bedrooms and stairs. Different manufactures have different trim for stairs so be sure to ask about how stairs and trim will look before deciding on a final product. Laminates hold up well to heavy traffic and with kids and pets in the home will often look better, longer than hardwood floors due … Continue reading Where can laminate flooring be installed in the home?

What orientation should I use when laying vinyl or hardwood plank flooring?

There are three rules when determining what direction to install a plank floor. Rule #1  When you open the front door it is inviting to have the planks running front to back showing you the way. They can also invite you further into the home. Used diagonal they could even direct you in a  certain direction. Rule #2 Install the flooring planks into the light. Maybe towards windows in the back of the home or other. When subfloors are a bit uneven (most are at a bit), running into the light rather than across (side to side) to the light … Continue reading What orientation should I use when laying vinyl or hardwood plank flooring?

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?