So, you’ve settled on a new floor for your property – what are the next steps? You will need to decide whether you want to hire a professional to prepare your subfloor or do it yourself. Although it is possible to prep the subfloor yourself, we advise that you get an expert in to do it. If it is done incorrectly, lasting damage can occur to your new floor and significantly shorten its lifespan. So if your are looking for floor preparation ideas in Sevenoaks. Here at Affordable Flooring Solutions, we offer floor preparation services as well as floor installation.
Aside from prepping your floor, there are a few other things that need to happen for you to be fully ready for your new floor. We’ve put together a checklist to make the process easy for your.
Remove all breakables
This means everything from home décor to glass light fittings. Have everything removed and placed away from where the floor is being installed. Family photos, artwork on the walls and mirrors definitely need to be removed. If you’re worried about expensive lightbulbs, remove them too and store safely.
Remove heavy furniture and appliances
This may seem obvious but removing all heavy furniture and appliances is essential. If you can, put the furniture in a different part of the house. If you are struggling for space, keep the furniture nearby and cover with dust sheets.
Disconnect gas and electricity
Organise for gas and electricity to be shut off before the installers come. This is particularly important if the room has lots of plug sockets or gas outlets (e.g., a kitchen). You can do this yourself but if you’re worried, call a professional in.
Get ready for dust
Although there shouldn’t be too much dust from installing a new floor, it can get a little messy. Covering furniture and surfaces with dust sheets is a great way to keep them protected and clean.
Any rooms that won’t be having an install should be shut away. You can cover the doorways with plastic sheets and seal them with tape for extra dust protection.
Clean all floors
This is not essential but a good idea to prep for installation of a new floor. Cleaning all your floors significantly cuts down on the amount of dirt, dust and mildew that can be disturbed during installation.
Let your new flooring acclimatise
This is an essential step. Your new flooring needs to get used to the temperature and humidity of the room it will be installed in. Let your flooring sit in its box in the room for at least 48 hours before installation.
Hopefully, you’ve picked up a few tips on how to get ready for your new flooring. If you’re interested in having your floor professionally prepared, get in touch today. Looking to install a new floor? Contact us today to go over all the options and receive expert advice.