21/07/2018
  • House & Home Improvments

How to Prepare Your Room for Flooring

Giving your room a brand new floor can give it a whole new look, and it’s not as hard as you may think. As with everything, you need to do your research and choose a flooring option that suits you and your lifestyle best and matches your decor. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to prep your floor.

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Levelling

Before you start cleaning or prepping for whatever type of flooring you have chosen, you need to make sure your floor is level. You can check whether or not the floor is level using a spirit level, and if you find that the floor has a lot of bumps and lumps, you may need to consider having a new screed layer put down. This will flatten out the floor and level it and is the alternative to trying to smooth out bumps or building up areas that are too low. If you are laying laminate flooring, a new layer of screed will ensure a smooth surface and your final result will be flawless.

Cleaning the Sub-Floor

The sub-floor is the floor you’ll be laying your floor on top of.

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Depending on what this is made of, you’ll need to use the most appropriate form of cleaning possible. If it’s wood, cement or stone, you’ll need to remove all dirt and grit, and if there’s any debris or leftover glue or paint, this should be removed too. Vacuum the entire area when you think it is completely clean, as this will pick up excess dust too. The more perfect and clean your surface, the easier it will be to lay laminate flooring like that available at https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring.html.

Remove the Base Boards

Wherever possible you need to remove the base boards so that you can get your flooring perfectly laid. If this is not a possibility, your end result may not be as good, so wherever you can, remove these and re-apply them once construction is complete. Removal should be done carefully so as not to damage the walls, and a pry bar is the best way to lift these off in one easy piece.

If necessary, remove doors too, and remember that when you put them back they may need to be shortened a little as they must now accommodate the height of the new floor.