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4 Tips for Preparing for a Hardwood Floor Installation

4 Tips for Preparing a Hardwood Floor Installation

When it comes to hardwood floor installation, make sure you’re prepared.

Hardwood floors are beautiful additions to any room in your home. However, to ensure they look their best, you should entrust hardwood floor installation to the experts. Even so, if you feel confident enough in yourself as a do-it-yourself wizard, you could always try your hand at this process. Following these tips will help you achieve professional-grade results.

Get the Tools You Need

Getting the tools you need should be common sense, but common sense often isn’t very common. Before you can begin, you need to ensure the tools you have for performing hardwood floor installation are the right ones. Any home improvement project will run much more smoothly when you have all the proper equipment. Here is a brief list of what you should have on hand:

  • Plastic wedges
  • A crowbar
  • Knocking blocks
  • Floor clamps

Bust That Dust

Next, you should be sure to clean up any dust in the room. If you are allergic to dust, sneezing or coughing every five minutes is going to slow the whole process down, and you’ll feel miserable to boot. If you ignore the task of dust-busting, you’ll have even more cleanup work to deal with once you’ve set your shiny new hardwood floors in, and besides, your new floors probably won’t look so gorgeous if they’re covered in several inches of dust. If you have a sheet of plastic, you can hang it in the doorway of the room and use some masking tape to hold the sheet in place. Cloth curtains are also dust magnets, so for the time being, it might be worth it to use plastic curtains.

Move the Doors

Hanging anything in the doorway is going to be more difficult if you don’t get your doors out of the way first. Break on through to the other side by uninstalling the doors and setting them aside somewhere they won’t get stepped on or scratched. It might be best if you put these doors in a different part of the house instead of moving them around while you’re trying to work.

Take Away Baseboards

One last step you should complete is to remove the baseboards temporarily. You might be tempted to leave the baseboards where they are, but hardwood floor installation is much easier to accomplish when you install the floorboards underneath the baseboards.

Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? You Can Trust John K Eareckson & Co.!

When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home or business’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.



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