An artist should be inspired wherever he goes, even when he is is his or her own home. Artist’s see everything and try to experience everything so that they can get inspiration from it for their paintings and sculptures. They also need to be motivated at all times for this inspiration to flow freely and for them to find their muse. Everything starts at home, which is why an artist’s home must be art inspired. A good place to start is with the floors.
Installing Bamboo Floors
Many people are looking for tips to follow when installing bamboo flooring. Some are even asking if they can do it themselves. With the popularity of bamboo flooring, there exists very little information about how to install these exotic hardwood floors. There are also very few instructions but one thing is for sure, installing bamboo flooring follows the same principle as those ordinary hardwood floors; however, there are some quirks that you may encounter along the way.
Steps To Follow
With the installation of any type of bamboo flooring, critical steps should be performed before actually installing them. These steps include:
- testing the moisture
- proper preparation
The lack of preparation is generally one of the main reasons why some people fail in installing bamboo flooring properly, and if the installation fails, the beautiful hardwood floor finishes of bamboo flooring become useless. In a nutshell, all types of subfloors must be flat while still allowing a 3/16″ tolerance over an 8-10 feet span.
Stapled Or Nailed
For stapled or nailed bamboo floors, it’s a good thing to use the direct fastening method as your preference. If you would search for a video about bamboo flooring installation, you will see that a lot of professional installers prefer using staples over common cleats. This is because they provide better capability of holding without any squeaks or sounds.
Floating Bamboo Floors
For floating bamboo floors, definitely, you have to use the floating floor method but not all bamboos can be installed with this method. Cross ply or wider engineered products should only be installed using the floating floor method.
Does It Need Glue?
To click or to glue – this is the usual question asked when bamboo flooring installation is being talked about. The advantage of bamboo floorings over tile and over concrete is that bamboo flooring are considered a snap or click lock floors, which means that lesser task is required. However, it must be remembered that click type of floorings should be avoided in areas with potential moisture or you will be looking at hardwood floor repair before you are done installing. There are also bamboo floaters that require the application of adhesive but this is only required in the boards groove.
Bamboo floors that use the floating method need an expansion area that is similar to other types of bamboo. However, salespeople often confuse hardwood or bamboo with laminate flooring expansion. Keep this in mind – laminate manufacturing companies use the 5/16″ guide but with bamboos, you’ve got to allow as much expansion as possible because even though square rooms or small layouts need only 3/8″ expansion, you may need more expansion area if the installation flows into other areas that exceed 40 feet or even more. You should also not install or butt any floating bamboo floors against any fixed object like columns, fireplace hearths, and the like, because if you do, your floors will more likely be tented or buckled.
Installing bamboo flooring is not really that hard. However, it requires you to follow the installation steps carefully as well as some suggestions and tips you may see to make sure that your bamboo flooring would look really good.
Steps To Restoring Hardwood Floors
You may think that when your hardwood floor finish become scratched, worn, and dull, your only option is to call in an expert in restoring hardwood floors. What you don’t know is that there is a simpler and cheaper approach, well within the capabilities and skills of a do-it-yourselfer like you.
Do Your Preperation
For fast and easier process, make sure that you prepare all the things you need. These are:
- Plastic Drop Cloths
- Angled Sash Brush
- 100-grit Abrasive Screens
- Soft Cloths
- Box Fan
- Soft-bristle Push Broom
- Finish for regular or exotic hardwood floors
- Vacuum with Floor-brush and Wand Attachments
- Varnish Brush
- Floor Polisher
- Abrasive Pad
- Abrasive Discs for Sander
- Fine Sandpaper
- Dust Mask Or Respirator
- Rubber Sanding Block
- Random-orbit Electric Sander
Prepare the room and move all wall decorations and furniture to another room. You should also install a box fan within the window of the room and open the window for exhaust. The negative pressure from the exhaust keeps the dust from being blown outside the room. Don’t forget to screen any floor with carpet.
Using The Floor Polisher
Affix an abrasive pad on the floor polisher’s rubberized wheel and check if you are already comfortable with controlling the machine. You should also install a 100-grit abrasive screen on your floor polisher and proceed to sanding the floor. Do it in around repeatedly or in overlapping passes. Make sure that both ends of the room have been sanded.
Inspecting; Rinse And Repeat
Inspect the floor, vacuum it, sweep it, and inspect it again. Make sure all finish is dull. No wear patterns should be noticeable and all stains and scratches should be gone. Repeat the sanding process if needed. With your random-orbit electric sander, proceed to sanding the areas at the areas or portions where the polisher failed to touch. For areas that could not be reached, you can use a rubber sanding block with sanding sponge of fine sand paper when sanding hardwood floors. Remove all the dust, sweep, vacuum, and inspect it again. Make sure all dust is eliminated.
Use a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits to the floor when wiping it down. Make sure to turn and shake out the cloth often. Turn off the box fan and vacuum for the last time, but this time using floor brush on larger areas and pointed wand in cracks.
Applying The Finish
Now, it’s time to apply the finish. Using a good angled sash brush and varnish brush, start applying the finishing coat. Work across the room following the flooring planks direction.
Restoring hardwood floors is not hard and tough even for a do-it-yourselfer like you. However, it’s better to just prevent your wood floor from being damaged to prevent the need for restoring hardwood floors. Even if it’s only restoration, you still need to spend some dollars, and it’s a better and more practical idea if your hardwood flooring will maintain its beauty and shine for a long time. The Internet offers a lot of tips about how you can care for your wood floor. Check them out