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.
- 15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon
- 17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
- 20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
- 17 Design Inspirations for Mudrooms and Entryways
- 25 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage
- 16 Inventive Beds You Can Make Yourself
- Laundry Room Ideas to Knock Your Socks Off
- 30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
- 11 Clever Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets
- 10 Planters You Can Make Out of Everyday Things
- 21 "Expert Picks" for Fail-Safe Colors
- Garden Paths: 12 Easy-to-Imitate Stone Walkways
- 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
- 9 Incredible Faux Finishes Possible with Paint
- 10 Sly Spots Where You Can Stash Your Storage Stuff
- 10 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door
- 10 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space
- 11 Creative Garden Borders You Can Make—Easily!
- Tips and Tricks to Fit More into Less Closet Space
- Secret Rooms: 10 Special Spaces Hidden from Sight