By Quincy Delorme. Laminate Flooring. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 16:16:56 PM.
The outer layer can be without difficulty scratched and keeping sand, gravel or other small, harsh particle off the floor is one of the main tips on cleaning a laminate floor. Using a vacuum cleaner or a soft padded broom can also keep the surface from becoming scratched, creating a dull finish. Using throw rugs at entryways can help capture most of these, but in the event some do get through the rug, they will need to be promptly cleaned. While laminate flooring is intended to be waterproof, wet mopping can in fact cause damage to the floor. Further tips on cleaning a laminate floor include not using any type of abrasive cleaners, scrubbing pads or sandpaper on the surface as it will scratch the surface. Even small particles of dirt will also create tine cuts and grooves that can quickly fill with dirt and make the floor dull and lifeless.
Make sure buckling or warping does not occur. Laminate floor is sensitive to water and moisture. That is to say, when exposed to either, your floor could get damaged. Buckling or warping happens if there is much moisture in the air, there is too much water on the floor, or there is water coming out from the subfloor because of a not-so-reliable moisture defense. There are cases, however, that this kind of damage is just a result of a low quality laminate floor product. Always be prepared to be bugged by mold and mildew problems. Aside from buckling or warping, moisture also carries molds and mildew problems to your laminated tiles. In this case, it is important to know whether or not there is too much moisture in the floor area and, if there is, you should be able to get rid of this moisture problem or else it will constantly haunt you with mold and mildew issues.
laying laminate flooring – Now you come to actually laying the laminate flooring itself. Following the layout you already worked out in Step 3, begin laying your laminate flooring remembering to keep the spacers in place between the laminate flooring and the skirting board to allow for expansion. If you're using tongue and groove laminate flooring, simply introduce each new board at a 45 degree angle to the previous one, and gently lower the new board in place. You should feel the tongue click into the groove, and the boards should sit flush with each other. It is advisable to use a pulling bar and a beating block to help encourage each board into place after you've laid it. Pulling bars are used when you reach the end of a row and don't have sufficient space to use a beating block. When you come to cut your end-of-row boards, the easiest way to do this is to lay the board in position where you intend to place it, ad mark on either side when a cut will need to be made. Using your set square, join the marks up to give you a nice straight cutting line. Using your laminate cutter, or the saw you have available, cut your laminate board, first checking which side of the board should be facing upward to minimise damage (this will depend on the type of saw you're using). Do not forget to wear safety protection while you do this.
Laying laminate flooring may seems easy but when you start to learn how to lay laminate flooring you will start to appreciate how it requires a lot of focus and time. In learning how to lay laminate flooring you can get to see how the process gets repetitive but if you take any of the steps for granted you may get wind up with an incorrectly laid floor and that is certainly not how to lay laminate flooring. Taking the time to be taught how to lay laminate flooring is extremely important to the successful completion of the project.
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