Laminate Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.20 How do you remove dye from laminate flooring?

Q. The laminate floor in my bathroom has dye/paint on it and I don't know how to get it off. The color came from the dye/decoration on a plastic bag that got wedged under a hamper and got wet. The ink transferred to the floor and now I don't know how to get it off. The flooring is not the best, and I know that if I use a scrubby on it I'll just damage the floor. Any suggestions? The floor is off white, so something that would bleach out the color without damaging the floor might work, but I don't know anything like that either (regular bleach will not work). Thanks!

A. I wish I knew. Sixteen years ago, my step-son and I were dying Easter eggs and some of the dye spilled on the flooring. I am the guru of cleaning, but I have found no solution to this problem. Good luck.

1.20 What materials do I need to install Laminate flooring?

Q. I'm planning on purchasing and installing laminate flooring myself in my girls room. But I'm unsure as to what materials I will need to install the flooring. Other than the flooring itself, what materials will I need to purchase to install a laminate flooring over a concrete foundation on the first floor. Is it fairly easy, or would paying someone to do it be a much better choice? Hint: I'm trying to keep the budget for the flooring to $200 for a 160 sq. ft. room. Thanks!

A. PLus the under layment, which you ll need 2 100 s/f rolls you should get the installation kit , About 20$ This comes with a tapping block spacers and a pull bar. You also need basic power tools such as chop saw and a table saw. Everything can be done on the table saw , its just easier to have a chop saw. A skil saw and or a jig saw can also be used. You ll need a hand saw to under cut the trim and of course a hammer.And a basic utility knife for cutting the under layment. If your half way handy you can do this yourself. It isn t hard. Saving 300$ (+-) in the process. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar . I ve attended several installation seminars as well as installed a few 100,000 s/f. GL

1.20 Is putting in laminate wood flooring really as easy as they make it seem?

Q. I am moving into my first house next week and I am doing the laminate flooring myself....can anyone tell me if they have done it an how easy or hard it actually was? Also, do you know if I can just put the pad and laminate flooring on top of the kitchen flooring that is already there? Thanks for your help in advance!

A. Make sure the particular flooring you are getting needs no other supplies..some requires a simple underlayment(fabric type sheeting)..and some require you buy these foam rubber gasket type items that the baseboard needs pulled and they have to tuck under it to help lock in without moving..Just make sure before purchasing..that you are aware of what all is needed..Remember..most of these floorings need to have the base board removed to install properly

1.20 Kitchen renos, does the flooring need to go under the cabinets?

Q. I've seen this on a show once where they put the flooring (laminate) flush up against the cabinets, rather than doing all floors first THEN putting in cabinets. I think it was just for their demo purposes, but i'm wondering if that's okay to do? or will it look bad?

A. Over the years this question has come up with many of the home owners I have remodeled kitchens for. There are a few rules of thumb to take into account. First whenever you have the opportunity to install new cabinets where a new laminate floor is going to be installed there are problems with installing the floor under the cabinets. Most newer laminate floors are meant to be allowed to move. With varying degrees of humidity and fluctuating room temperature changes, expanding and contracting can take place and if you lock the floor under the cabinets, you will prevent the floor from doing what is natural. It would seem then that the solution would be to install the flooring up against the cabinets. However keep in mind that whenever you install the floor up against the cabinets, you will loose countertop height. That is, if your countertops were set at 36" off the floor and you install a 1/2" flooring up against the cabinets, now your countertops will be 35 1/2" from the new laminate flooring. This may not seem like much, but if you are tall, every little bit height counts. The solution that I have always used was to install plywood the same thickness as the flooring under the cabinets and then install the flooring up against the plywood edges. Now you will install a shoe mold or other molding over top of the new laminate floor, but make sure you attach the molding to the cabinets and not the floor. This again, will allow the flooring to move without restriction. With the molding installed up against the cabinets it will cover up any signs that there is plywood under the cabinets. Another thing to note is that when you install the flooring it is best to give it a little clearance from the walls and cabinets and again make sure that when you install the molding, nail it to the walls, baseboard or cabinets and not to the flooring. You can find out more about flooring installations and techniques, by clicking on the following link. Plus, check out some great flooring videos on the subject as well by clicking on the following link. I hope this will help you out. Rick

1.20 Any way to fill cracks in laminate flooring?

Q. I laid some laminate flooring in my child's bedroom, and there's two small gaps where the planks didn't quite meet each other (about half-a-millimetre wide). It's not a huge deal but I would like to fill it with something if such a product exists (obviously something waterproof that won't fall apart when I clean the floor). The flooring is white so you can see the gaps when you enter the room, despite how thin they are. Any suggestions?

A. I think your small crack will look better than the filler. I had the same problem and spent several dollars on different kinds of fillers none did good job. You will need to start at closest wall and take up and reinstall. The second time around it will not be as difficult for it to snap back together. Easy way would lay small rug over crack. Good Luck

1.20 What's the best way to level out wood floors in order to install laminate flooring?

Q. I have unlevel wood floors and want to install laminate flooring. Was told that I need to level out the floor but what is the best, least expensive way to accomplish this. I have tried raising the floor in the low spots but that did not help. Thanks :)

A. I would use the powdered form and mix it. Also depending on the product you buy, you may need a primer which allows the leveler to bond properly to the floor. when you pour out the leveler it may be helpful to go over it with a straight edge following the high spots. Another suggestion is to sand down high spots, as this may minimize the amount of leveler you need.

1.20 What to do with moving and noisy laminate flooring?

Q. I contracted a so called 'professional' to put laminated flooring in my house. Now, the noise is still here and there is a lot of parts where is moving up and down. It is really bad. The cowboy who did the work disappeared. Is it possible to get this repaired or do I have to change the whole flooring again? The situation is only getting worse, I have to say.

A. I checked with the master craftsman who has done floors in my house and in other family members and friends houses. He suggested that you remove the shoe molding around the wall and see if the laminate floor is too tight up against the wall, which cause it to pinch and raise when it should expand and float. If it is too tight, the planks nearest the wall can be trimmed to give the floor room to expand when the temperature changes. If that attempt to repair it doesn't work the floor might have to be replaced. But I would check with the flooring people at the nearest Lowe's or Home Depot, or possibly at a local flooring store that has been in business in your city for a long time and has a good reputation. The guy that did my floor has a website all about laminate floors where you might be able to get some more info to help determine the problem.

1.20 How do I install hardwood or laminate flooring?

Q. I'd like to know how to install hardwood or laminate flooring to my iron spiral stair case. Professional opinions are preferred.

A. You either get stair treads or large pieces of the desired wood. You will want them to be at least 3/4" thick. Then find out if all of the stairs are the same size or different sizes. If they are all the same size then you will just need to measure one of the stairs, take a scrap piece of wood and cut it until you get it just right. Then use this as a template, to cut out each of the stairs. If you want an over hand or bullnose edge be sure to account for this. Before installing them you will need to drill some holes in the under side of the existing iron to hold bolts that will go into each of the treads. If the metal is too thick to drill then you will need to come up with some other way of securing the wood to the metal.

Laminate Flooring

 Flooring - Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring is gaining ground as the most popular flooring choice in the country. After enjoying years of popularity in Europe, laminate floors are making a mark in the American market. These floors are inexpensive, easy to install and offer the good looks of a hard wood floor with none of the high maintenance features. Laminate floors don't use any solid wood in construction, but instead are made of a number of materials that are joined together strongly, and finished to give a wood-like appearance.

 flooring company in Lawton, Oklahoma Installing laminate flooring is simpler, and is often done through the free floating method. Here, the laminate floor is not attached to the sub floor using glue or staples. Instead, the plants are locked together tightly, and a special locking mechanism is used to hold the plants in place. This is especially beneficial if you don't intend to tear out your old floor. Laminate floorings are classified on the bases of AC ratings. This refers to the laminate's ability to resist stains, dents, scratches etc. Failure in even one test criterion will disqualify the product. Ratings extend from AC1 to AC 5. Laminate floors are installed using a tongue and groove mechanism that locks the planks together without the need for gluing or nailing the planks to the floor. Make sure your sub floor is even, before installing your laminate floor.

Look for AC ratings to guide you in your choice of laminate floors. For high pressure areas like foyers and kitchens, laminate floors should have an AC 3 rating. Low pressure areas like bedrooms can get by with a lower rating. These ratings ensure that your laminate has passed all tests relating to staining, swelling, abrasion etc. Even so, a little maintenance will go a long way in keeping your laminate floor good looking for years to come. Protect your floor using rugs and mats, and make sure that all carpets used are made of color fast materials. Use furniture protectors to prevent your furniture legs from scratching your floors. Don't leave water standing on your laminate floor.

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