I am considering replacing the carpet in my house with wood laminate flooring. The sub-floor is plywood is in decent shape. Is this floating floor stuff a good product? What are some cleaning/preparation tips for the sub-floor prior to the install?
There are lots of varieties of floating floor installation including laminates, natural wood and engineered wood. Each product has specific manufacturer installation recommendations. Floor preparation is not extensive except a fairly smooth clean surface with minimal deflection is required. Most floating floors use a pad or barrier, so cleaning the subfloor beyond sweeping is not generally needed. I usually run a flat blade scraper over the floor to detect any staples or debris, then sweep or vacuum; apply the underlayment, then install the floor.
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