Laminate Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.20 What do you clean your laminate flooring with?

Q. I have been cleaning my laminate flooring with some cleaner just for laminate flooring and my floor keeps looking duller and duller with each cleaning. It is a new floor and I want it to look great not dull and old looking. Any suggestions?

A. Just a little Vinegar and Water I recently had a Shaw laminate floor installed in my kitchen. I called their customer service representative to ask the best way to clean their flooring. She told me to use 1/4 cup of vinegar and put it in a 30 to 32 ounce empty spray bottle filled with plain water. I purchased a terry mop cover that has elastic all around it from Home Depot, which I dampen with water and place on a Swiffer dry mop head. I then spray the floor (a small area at a time) with the vinegar/water solution and then wipe it up with the damp terry mop. It does a good job. There is no streaking, and you are using very little water on the floor. One company has come out with wet cloths to attach to Swiffer mops that contain vinegar and water, which I also plan to purchase and try. Make Cleaner at Home To make laminate floor cleaner, mix 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1/3 water, and 3 drops dishwashing liquid for a quart total. For best results, wipe off quickly.

1.20 How do you remove laminate flooring that was put down and glued to the floor?

Q. I have this horrible laminate flooring in my house but it's hard to take off the sub-floor because the laminate is glued to the floor. I have been taking it out with a screw driver and hammer and it kinda damages the sub-floor. Is there a way to take out the laminate with little damage to the sub-floor?

A. That is a very tedious job. You will be sitting there forever with a pry bar though. You can also buy a floor scraper for about $20 at any hardware store. Generally found in the flooring dept. Take my experience though, all depending on what you re-cover with (ie. tile, carpet, etc) if you are going with tile, you need to have a glue free surface. Plywood is inexpensive and easier to remove that your laminate, Not to mention the time and aggravation you will save.

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 How do I get laminate flooring to work when my steel door can barely "clear" vinyl flooring?

Q. I'm looking at putting laminate flooring in the kitchen but our steel door leading out to our garage can barely "clear" the current vinyl flooring when it opens, so I know it wouldn't be able to open with a taller laminate floor. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new door or make any major renovations. Any suggestions?

A. Another option if you can't cut the door off is to put the laminate only up to the outside of the door reach and leave the vinyl as a circular entry type look. It's done with carpeting all the time by outside entry doors, usually so you can have a scatter rug on the vinyl. In your case, you don't have room for a scatter rug.

1.20 How often do u mop your laminate flooring?

Q. Just want to know how often people mop their laminate flooring or how often you should? also what with? I currently mop my laminate flooring and tiled flooring around every 2-3 days sometimes more often, i use hot water with either all purpose cleaner or floor cleaner, and every now and then i use diluted bleach but i dont use bleach too often.

A. Use the floor "WIPE" type mop as they dont hold any water but contain all the cleaning stuff

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 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 Do I have to remove the toilet to put down laminate flooring in the bathroom?

Q. Right now there's vinyl flooring there and I want to put down this laminate that looks like stone. I just don't know if I have to remove the toilet to put it in or do I cut around it and caulk? I want it to look as professional as possible. I just don't want it to scream "AMATEUR".

A. If you are going for the pro look you will certainly want to pull the toilet to install your floor. When you go to reinstall the toilet you will more than likely need to add a spacer flange as well as a wax ring w/ horn to the original flange to accommodate the new floor height. Make sure you follow the laminate flooring manufacturer's installation instructions for wet areas. Regards, Indy

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 Rochester, New York Laminate floors can come in the form of High Pressure Laminates which involve a double step process, and Direct Pressure Laminates that involve a single step fusing process. Always buy a High Pressure Laminate that may cost more but is long lasting, and comes with a superior inter locking system. These laminate floors also offer a greater variety of designs, and high quality of finishes. If you want laminate floor that look as close to a wood floor as possible, buy from the higher end of the price range. Before installing a laminate floor, make sure that the sub floor is smoothly laid out, and check each laminate plank for defects and damages.

Although laminate floors come with AC ratings that signify that they have passed all test requirements, you still need to take care of your laminate floor to avoid dents and stains. Look for an AC rating of 3 for your home, although a rating of AC 1 will do for a light use room like a bed room. Protect your floor by using rugs or carpets, and make sure that all floor coverings are made of color fast materials that won't stain your floor. Avoid rough carpet materials that may catch your floor. Never use house hold bleach, ammonia cleaners or detergents to clean your laminate floors. Use products that are recommended by your manufacturer.

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