If you are a seasoned professional, you may be up to date with all the best ways to approach a flooring project but for those who are new to DIY it could be a daunting task. Many people are starting to choose DIY over getting in a professional, especially when it comes to flooring. It can save expenses and also save time waiting on someone to come and complete the job. If you’re thinking about trying your hand at DIY’ing your flooring project, this is the guide for you.
Before you can even begin your flooring project it is important that the area is prepped. This includes lifting existing flooring and preparing the area. Removing old flooring can often be as much of a job as laying the new flooring so it is important to do so first. One of the easiest ways to remove flooring is to use a floor tile stripper. Using a machine like this will make the job a lot simpler and quicker and it works for floor tiles, lino and carpet. Once you have removed the existing flooring, it is a good idea to remove any obstacles such as doors, fixture and appliances where possible. Also make sure to clean your new flooring before putting it down, as this will make the job look more professional.
Laying the Flooring
When laying the flooring, there are a few important things to keep in mind. You may want to test the layout first and lay the tiles without adhesive first to make sure you’re happy. Make sure to mix grout and adhesive in small batches to avoid it drying out as this makes it easier to work with. Similarly, when laying the flooring, work in smaller areas to make the job easier; start in the centre and work outwards. Once you have laid the tiles with adhesive, leave them for 24 hours before grouting.
Once the adhesive is set, you can apply grouting. Make sure there are no air bubbles and lumps in your grout before applying it. With glazed tiles, you can poor the grout over and spread it out but with non-glazed tiles you’ll need to be much more careful; use a drier grout mixture and carefully place it in between tiles. Make sure to wipe up any mess as you go to avoid setting. Once the grout is dry wipe over all the tiles with a damp cloth again to make sure they’re clean.
At HSS we have more in depth, professional guides to floor tiling should you need them, or for more information you can contact us.
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