Laminate floor are wonderful and a great solution for homes, but they require a bit of work to complete. This article and its tips will give you some organization ideas you can use to work on just that.
Cleaning laminate floors will be significantly easier than dealing with carpet cleaning or other aspects of house cleaning.
Begin your work with the first step:
- Prying up the shoe molding
If the room has a shoe molding running all along the baseboard, you will need to remove it to work on the floor. You can still leave the baseboard molding in place however, so there is no need to remove it. Pry the she molding up with a thin pry bar, making sure you’re careful while doing it. You will need to replace it after you install the plastic laminate floor. The shoe molding will cover about a 3/8 inch expansion between the laminate planks and the baseboard. Nailing the shoe back into place, you should ensure you nail it to the baseboard and not the flooring.
- Undercutting the casing
There is a way to ensure you have the flooring fitting neatly around doorways, so you will need to undercut and trim the door casing and side jambs so you can slip the flooring underneath. Put a piece of rubber underlayment in front of the casing and use a piece of laminate flooring on top. This will allow you to see exactly how high you will need to cut. You will need to use a handsaw, reciprocating saw or even a oscillating multitool to cut the top of the flooring scrap and the casing. You can repeat that with the rest of the side jambs and casings. Once you’re done, you will need to vacuum the debris and dust to complete this step, cleaning everything you’ve been working with.
- Preparing the subfloor
You will need to work on it for the underlayment by nailing any protruding nail heads. Walk around the room and do your best to hear if there is any creaking going on. If you have any, then you will need to use two inch drywall screws through the subfloor on each of the noisy spots. Do your best to drive the screws into areas with joints for optimal results.
The rubber underlayment will help form a moisture barrier and cushioning layer under the laminate floor, also helping to deaden the sounds of movement on it. There are several types of underlayment available out there, so you will need to make sure you work with the one recommended by the flooring manufacturer itself. It usually comes in 3 to 5 foot rolls of different length. Roll out the underlayment all the way from wall to all and use a utility knife to trim it. Roll out and cut lengths, then put it against the first piece of the underlayment, but avoid overlapping the edges. You really don’t need to staple or tape the underlayment to the subfloor itself, you can just apply masking tape across the seams to prevent the underlayment pieces from shifting.