Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 12:47:38 PM. Laminate Flooring. By Lirienne Pouliquen.
Cash and carry vs. installed purchase. This is always a tough one because a flooring product is only as good as the installation. I have seen a lot of want to-be independent installers out there that can ruin a laminate or hardwood job. Most carpet installers are not carpenters, but many do pretend to be. It is rare to find an installer that can do it all. As a matter of fact, I have yet to find one. Many are top notch at some types of flooring, but not others. So when you hire a friend of a friend, or someone working under their own shingle, are you guaranteed the type of installation you expect? Also, when using a moonlighting installer, you should be paying no more than 50-60% of the prevailing rate of the independent retailer installation rate. I have seen moonlighting installers charge half again as much for an installation than the customer could have gotten from a flooring store. When you have the flooring store install the product, there will be no finger-pointing should there ever be an issue. There are so many different complications that can happen after an installation, and if you are dealing with a rock solid independent retail store, you have protection. In my opinion, there needs to be significant savings for you when you cash and carry a product. If you have the ability to install on your own, then there is normally a substantial savings realized and I say go for it. If not, let the experts do it.
The very first step in laminate floor cleaning actually requires no cleaning. As soon as you enter your home, make it a habit to remove your shoes. The undersides of your shoes contain some substances that you had treaded over outside, including dirt, oil, and bubble gum. In addition, the base of your feet contains oils, so it is sensible to wear socks or slippers inside your home. Preventing unnecessary substances from being tracked on your floor will make laminate floor cleaning exceedingly more easy. Before mopping the floor, sweep the surface. Subsequently, before you begin your laminate floor cleaning, get ready a mixture of 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar per each gallon of water. In the past, you may have used vegetable oil on your floor. If that is the case, then increase the ratio to one cup of vinegar for each gallon of water. Vegetable oil cleaners should be avoided as they leave deposits onto the wood flooring. This will ultimately destroy the sealant.
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