Laminate wood flooring can be a great accessory for many homes and businesses. While laminate wood flooring can enhance the appearance of many rooms, it can be challenging to refinish it. Since some refinishing techniques can damage the underlayment, it's important to be careful when dealing with a laminate wood floor. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how one can refinish a laminate wood floor.
It's important to make sure one understands the type of flooring that is in a home before starting any refinishing project. Some types of flooring can not be safely refinished. For example, some laminate floors consist of particle board with a thin printed layer of printed wood on the top. This top layer is designed to look like a regular hardwood floor but is usually just an embedded photograph.
If this type of flooring is sanded, it may expose the particle board hidden underneath. If this happens, it may be necessary to replace some parts of the floor.
In most cases, it won't be possible to refinish this type of flooring. However, it is possible to apply an additional layer of laminate to this type of floor.
When adding an additional layer of laminate, it's important to make sure that the flooring is free from all dust and debris. If there is any debris left on the flooring, it may become embedded underneath the laminate when it is installed. To avoid this, it's extremely important to make sure that a floor is very clean. In some cases, a steam cleaning unit can be a great way to make sure that a floor is very clean.
When applying a new layer of laminate, it's important to make sure that it is compatible with one's current type of flooring. If it isn't, the laminate may come off in layers. This can result in a very ugly appearance. In addition, this may increase the risk of water damage and other serious problems.