Finishing Touches & Helpful Tips
Anyone can learn to lay laminate flooring, but it can seem like a pretty scary prospect if you’re not so hot on your DIY knowledge. Don’t panic, though, because that’s what this guide is for! We’ve been taking you through the entire installation process, step-by-step, and we’ve already covered preparation and laying laminate flooring. The only thing left to do is finish it off, so that’s what we’ll be teaching you to do in the final part of our Floormaker guide, as well as offering some handy hints to bear in mind once your floor is finished.
So, you’ve covered the floor, but what about the door? It’s really simple; just place an offcut piece of laminate flooring next to the door, and use it as a guide to saw part of the door frame away. Generally as a rule the part you saw should be the thickness of the laminate and underlay combined plus a few millimetres. This will allow your floor to slide underneath the door frame, at which point you can use your threshold strip to create a smooth transition between your laminate and the one on the other side of the door, providing a neat and professional finish.
Now that you’ve finished laying your laminate flooring, you must remove the floor spacers that are separating the boards from the wall. Replace them with the cork expansion strips as these will control the natural movement of your laminate flooring during the natural expansion and contraction of the flooring and during normal domestic movement.
For a truly stunning, spotless finish, place the scotia edging around the edge of your floor so that it covers up the cork expansion strips and creates an immaculate, expert finish. Remember to nail the edging to the wall or skirting board, not the floor! The floor needs to be able to expand and contract, and a nail would prevent it from doing this.
One of the best things about laminate flooring is how easy it is to clean in comparison to carpet. Make sure you wipe up any spills as quickly as possible. And, when it comes to cleaning be careful when choosing a cleaning product to use on your laminate. We suggest you test on a small hidden area as some strong detergents can cause damage. Laminate-specific cleaning products do exist, so we’d recommend you purchase it along with your laminate flooring and accessories.
Congratulations, you have now finished laying your laminate flooring! However, before putting your furniture back in the room, consider investing in felt pads and castor cups for the feet of any chairs, tables or sofas. These will prevent the furniture from scratching your brand new floor.
We hope that this step-by-step guide has shown you that laying a new floor doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and we’re sure the next floor you install will look sleek, stylish, and professional.