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hardwood flooring improves home resale valueDo It Yourself flooring installation can be a really fun project if you’ve the right materials, skills and tools for the type of floor you intend to install. The level of difficulty, effort and time that’s required to do a professional looking floor installation basically varies depending on the type of floor you choose, and your level of skill. Below are some tips for DIY flooring.

DIY Tips For Hardwood Flooring Installation

-Before you start your installation, make sure you have all the required materials and tools.
-When installing your hardwood flooring, make sure you carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions.
-Make sure the floor you are laying over is flat, dry, and clean.
-Put safety 1st; wear proper eye protection and have the appropriate shoes, .
-Take your time to accurately measure the surface you are working on.
-Choose the boards very carefully. Make sure you vary the board color, grain pattern, length, and save the favorite boards for the highly visible areas.
-Give the wood some extra time to adjust to the environment. Wood needs to be given time to acclimate to the space where it’ll be installed.
-Stop working if you’re feeling too tired or too fatigued, or if you are unable you concentrate.
-Exercise caution when you are using box cutters.
-Watch your fingers whenever you’re hammering something.
-When sanding, you should consider soaking the sheets in your bathtub, and then hang them in the doorways so as to prevent sanding dust from spreading through the whole house. You should also cover the vents.
-You can attach a dry/wet vacuum or canister vacuum so that you can effectively collect all the excess sanding dust.

Tips For DIY Flooring Maintenance

-Vacuum your floors at least once a week.
-Keep your floors dry. Water can ruin the finish on your hardwood floor and can even end up staining it.
-Dust you floors frequently; you can use a mop which has been properly treated with a good dusting agent, or you can use a disposable electrostatic cloth.
-Protect the high traffic zones with aesthetic area rugs.