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Nov 18 2016

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Replace Laminated Floor Boards in 5 Easy Steps
How To Replace Laminated Floor Boards, Step By Step!

One of the latest trends in today's modern home is to replace carpets with laminated flooring. It's extremely trendy, fashionable and very stylish, but best of all, its super easy to clean!

However, as with floor tiles, there is a certain amount of care and maintenance required in preserving the life and quality of your floor boards. By taking proper care, you will drastically increase the life expectancy of your laminated floor boards. Incorrect installation, cleaning procedures or water spillages could result in you replacing some or all of the laminated planks.

Your laminated floor strips could deteriorate for a number of reasons. For example, an uneven sub floor surface, improper installation or water damage could cause warping or lifting of floor boards. Damage could also be caused by dropping sharp or heavy objects onto the floor.

The good news is that repairing a damaged laminated floor board is easier than you might think and with the right tools, you can easily achieve this yourself within just a few hours.

What Tools will I need to lift the Laminated Floor Boards?

1. A trusty Claw Hammer
2. Pry Bar
3. A Chisel

Removing and Replacing a Damaged Laminated Floor Board

Step 1: Remove the Skirting Boards

Starting near a doorway, use a pry bar to wedge between the edge of the skirting board and the wall. Tap it with a hammer until the skirting board dislodges from the wall. Remove any nails from the skirting board with the claw of the hammer that may still be holding the board to the wall. Now continue to dislodge the rest of the skirting boards, moving away from the doorway towards the corners of the room.

Step 2: Remove the First Laminated Board

Starting with the laminated floor board with its groove edge running closest and parallel to the wall, use a chisel to wedge between the board and the floor surface. Gently pry and lift the floor board to a 45 degree angle or until it dislodges or snaps away from the connecting floor board. If you can, try to gently slide the lifted board away from the connecting, second board. Take care to avoid further damage when dislodging the floor boards, as the edges are rather fragile and may break apart if force is used.

Step 3: Remove the Remaining Floor Boards

Once the first board has been successfully removed, you can continue to remove successive boards by using the same technique of gently lifting and sliding the boards until they unlock from each other, moving inwards towards the middle of the room.

Step 4: Replace the Damaged Board

Moving from the wall towards the center of the room, you will eventually arrive at the damaged floor board. Once again, dislodge and replace the damaged floor board by carefully locking or snapping the tongue and groove of the facing floor board edges into place. Alternatively, you can try sliding the tongue edge of the new board into the groove of the facing board. Finally, press down firmly in the center of the board, until it 'snaps' back into its place.

Step 5: Replace the Remaining Floor Boards

Continue to replace the remaining laminated floor boards by using the same sliding and locking procedure as described in Step 4 and moving back in the direction of the wall. If you have been careful and the remaining floor boards are still in a good condition, you will be able to re-use most of them, without any additional cost, other than the cost of replacing the damaged floor board.

Laminated Floor Boards usually snap together in rows, by tucking the lip edge of one board into the groove of the facing board. The tricky part is in removing the first board that is close to the wall, but from there on it's simply a process of locking or unlocking the board edges into place, or sliding them into or away from each other.

By installing the boards in the correct procedure and properly maintaining them, you should be able to get years of continued use from your stylish laminated floor.

Tip: Avoid water spillage on the floor boards at all costs, using only use a soft, damp cloth or mop to clean with. Never use a sponge mop or a string mop that could result in further water damage.

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