choosing flooring for a home with dogs

Do you have canine family members living in your home? Are they hard on your flooring? If you are thinking about replacing your flooring because the furry family members have done a number on them, take a minute to visit my website. There, you will find a list of possible options that you have to choose from. With each possibly flooring material, comes different maintenance requirements to keep it looking great for many years. I have done a lot of extensive research when trying to find flooring for my home that would hold up to several years of my dog's abuse.

Tips For Removing Old Ceramic Tiles

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If you've recently purchased a home with worn, damaged, or dated ceramic tile flooring, you may have decided that it's time to replace it with new tile. While this is a fairly easy job, it does mean removing the existing ceramic tiles first. Here's a look at what you need to know to do this properly the first time:

Be Prepared

To reduce the chance of any surprises, you should make sure that you are fully prepared before you consider removing those old tiles. It's best to ensure that you have a couple of days to work so that you don't get interrupted partway through the project nor feel the need to rush to get it done. You'll also want to confirm with your local waste disposal company to see if you need to do anything special with the tiles to dispose of them safely. Finally, make sure that you have all of the tools you'll need. Putty knives in several sizes will be very helpful. You'll also want to have a hammer, a pry bar, and a few flat-bladed screwdrivers or something similar. Also, stock up on some safety gloves and eye protection, just in case.

Remove The Tile

Remove the trim that's secured around the edges of the tile to expose those covered edges. Then, scrape out all of the grout with a putty knife or flat-bladed screwdriver. Start from the exposed edge and work around one tile at a time. As you get the grout out of the way and expose the edges of the tile, you can start breaking them free. Tap on the tile lightly with the hammer, then lift it up with a pry bar if necessary. Repeat this until all of the tiles have been removed.

Clean Up The Adhesive

You can't apply new tiles without a clean surface to put the new adhesive on. Otherwise, the adhesive won't stick. You can invest in some adhesive dissolver from your local flooring shop, but be careful with it. You'll need good ventilation when you're using it.

Spray the dissolving solution on the adhesive, then scrape it up with the putty knife as it starts to become soft and loose. Clear the entire floor of adhesive this way, working in small sections. Always wear safety gear while you're using it so that you don't irritate your eyes or your skin.

Clean the floor thoroughly once you've removed all of the old adhesives. This creates a clean surface for the new tile adhesive to stick to, improving the end result of your new floor application.

If you're not confident in your own ability to do the job, talk with a local flooring company like Florida Floor Specialist LLC about what your options are. They can come in and strip all of the tiles for you, and will often even install the new floor.

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29 July 2017