Preparing Your Floors

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Discover how to prepare your workplace and floors for your new flooring solution.

What Will Your Preparation Look Like?

Floor preparation will look a little bit different depending upon what you are installing next and how you plan to do it. Most commercial flooring projects are completed by professionals, such as the team at Floor Coverings International Cherry Hill, so all you have to worry about is clearing out spaces that will be floored. However, some businesses opt to install the flooring themselves. If you are considering going this route, read further on for a step-by-step guide to preparing your floors for their new covering.

Relocating Furniture, Equipment, And Other Possessions

Whether your installation will be done by your own team or by the professionals at FCI, you will need to begin by clearing the furniture and smaller possessions out of the room so the floorspace is easily accessible. Your commercial space is surely a busy place, and you may have a significant amount of furniture or equipment there. So, we will help you relocate your basic office furniture, including helping you decide what can safely be dismantled and removed. In certain situations, we may also levitate the furniture or equipment to save you the cost of having it completely dismantled. For smaller objects, we will provide you with crates to easily transport and store them. You may want to remove certain wall decorations as well, if they have the potential to be disturbed (or at least covered in dust) during the installation process.

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Preparing For Tile

After you have selected your tile, planned your pattern, and gathered all of the necessary materials, you can begin preparing the floor space for your tile by following these steps:

  • Remove existing flooring.

  • Remove old floor coverings to check that the subfloor is in good condition.

  • Determine whether your subfloor is wood, concrete, or on an old mortar bed; you will need to know this in order to pick the right materials for installation.

  • Make any necessary repairs to the subfloor so that it is uniform, dry, level, clear of residue, and of the proper thickness.

  • Once the subfloors are ready, you can move onto tile installation, making sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best possible result.

Preparing For Hardwood

After you have selected your hardwood product and gathered all of the necessary materials, you can begin preparing the floor space by following these steps:

  • Remove the existing flooring as well as baseboards.

  • Trim any door casings so that your moisture barrier, underlayment, and plank fit under them.

  • Use a sander to remove pain, oil, wax, sealers, or other materials from the subfloor.

  • Thoroughly vacuum dust and debris from the subfloor.

  • Check the moisture levels of the subfloor to ensure they are within manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Repair any loose or squeaky boards in the subfloor and then thoroughly clean the floor again.

  • Once the subfloors are ready, you can move through the steps of installation, following all of the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best possible result.

Preparing For Laminate

After you have selected your tile, planned your pattern, and gathered all of the necessary materials, you can begin preparing the floor space for your tile by following these steps:

  • Set aside several days to complete your tiling project.

  • Prepare the subfloor so that it is flat and smooth.

  • Remove trim, doors, and baseboards. Then, undercut door trips and door jambs if necessary.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the correct underlayment for your laminate.

  • Once the subfloors are ready, you can move onto tile installation, making sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best possible result.

  • Then, go through the steps of installation, following all of the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best possible result.

Preparing For Carpet

After you have chosen your carpet and gathered all of the necessary materials, you can begin to prepare the floor space by following these steps:

  • Remove the existing floor covering.

  • Remove doors that open into the room, floor register covers, and baseboard molding.

  • Repair any loose or squeaky boards in the subfloor, as well as any cracks.

  • Vacuum the room thoroughly.

  • Proceed with the steps of installation, following the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best possible result.