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How to Choose the Best Floor Removal Company

Choosing the best floor removal contractor

If you’re thinking about replacing the flooring in your home, you probably already know that you have a pretty large project at hand. Luckily, there are many floor removal contractors nationwide to help with such a project.

But with so many contractors in today’s market, there also comes a lot of impostors. So, how do you choose the best floor removal company for your upcoming project?

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Thinset: What You Need to Know

Recently, we have discussed various flooring options, how to clean them, and how to remove them. All of these blogs had something in common—thinset. But, what is it, why is it used, and why does it need to be removed?

Whether you are adding onto your home, or renovating—replacing your home’s floor is very common. The first step to this process is removing your current floor. Regardless of how you remove your floor, one thing is certain—thinset is underneath.

What Is Thinset?

Thinset installation Thinset is a blend of materials that include: cement, fine sand, and a compound that allows cement to hydrate properly. Thinset acts as an adhesive for various types of floors. The idea is to add a thin layer-3/16 thick-of thinset to a bare, clean cement or concrete floor before installing tile, stone, marble and more. Most thiset adhesives are available in either gray or white. You’ll want to choose a white thinset if you are going to use a light colored grout, and a gray thinset if you plan on using a dark colored grout. Keep in mind that you may pay more for a white thinset because of the color modification during the manufacturing process.

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Virtually Dustless Tile and Thinset Removal

Tile Floor Removal in Florida

The process of removing tile and thinset can be messy; however, a virtually dustless floor removal prevents dust from filling up your home and settling. Having the proper equipment reduces airborne dust that ends up collecting in all areas of your home. We guarantee that our virtually dustless floor removal process captures about one pound of dust per square foot. Therefore, our virtually dustless process is cleaner, safer, and healthier than standard floor removing services.

 

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Benefits of Virtually Dustless Floor Removal

A new floor is a huge facelift for your home, giving it a more modern and updated look. However, removing tile can be a dangerous and messy process. Tile often creates a lot of dust, which is dangerous to breathe in. Not only is there tile, there is also thinset which needs to be removed before the installation of new flooring. This is why it is extremely important to have a professional floor removing company. Some of the benefits of virtually dustless tile and thinset removal include:

  • No Mess
  • No Glue
  • No Dust
  • No Danger

View one of our videos below to see our virtually dustless tile and thinset removal process.

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Sunlight and the Fading of Hardwood Floors

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Five Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from UV Rays

Direct sunlight and hardwood floors can potentially face an ugly problem; fading. If you have ever moved a rug or piece of furniture after an extended period of time, you may have noticed the area that was being covered up is a different shade than the wood surrounding it. The loss of color in your hardwood floors is a result of the big three: UV rays, heat, and moisture.

Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t have a single solution. There are also some questions that arise. Why is it that your hardwood floor is two different colors? Better yet, what can be done to preserve the color of the beautiful natural wood? We have compiled the top five ways to protect your hardwood floors from the harmful UV rays.

What Causes Hardwood Floor Fading?

When hardwood floors are exposed to the sun over a period of time, they tend to fade, bleach, or darken—depending on the type of wood. What many people don’t realize is that hardwood floors are sensitive to sunlight. However, the type of wood is not the only factor in the discoloration of your floor; the finish on the floor also plays a factor in how the wood reacts to sunlight.

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Hardwood Floors vs Tile Floors

Are you tired of always cleaning your carpet? Are you considering trading in your carpet for something else? If you are ready to remove your old floor and, can’t decide between hardwood flooring and tile, this article is for you!

Flooring is the visual foundation of your home interiors. Choosing the correct type of flooring in your home contributes to the lighting, comfort levels, and tone of each room of your home. However, when many people decide they are sick of carpet, the next big question is what’s next? Speedy Floor Removal is here to help you remove your old floor, prep it for your new floor, and since floor is in our name, give you advice on two popular floor choices—hardwood and tile.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring can not only add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but can also add to the monetary value as well. According to the National Wood Flooring Association homes with wood floors sold faster and at higher prices than home without wood floors. Hardwood flooring is a feature that is universally attractive, and tends to always stay in style. However, homeowners need to be aware of the pros and cons of hardwood flooring during the decision-making process.

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The Importance of Floor Surface Preparation

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Floor surface preparation is the first and most important step for the installation of any flooring. Without proper floor surface preparation, many problems can arise once you install your new flooring system. If you have ever seen uneven floors, peeling floors, or bubbling floors, it could be because the floor was not prepped properly. Every surface needs to be cleaned, open, and porous for proper floor installation.

Keep in mind that floor surface preparation is not just for residential homes, but also commercial and industrial floors as well. So, what is surface preparation? Read below to find out!

For more information about floor surface preparation contact Speedy Floor Removal

 

What Is Floor Surface Preparation?

Surface preparation is the demolition or breaking down of existing flooring and bonding between the concrete and the flooring. Whether it is residential, commercial, or industrial—the floors must be properly prepped for replacement or new floors to be installed. Following the demolition and removal of old flooring, the concrete slab must be prepped—with specific equipment—for installation. This process can be done a few different ways, but it is always with highly specialized machines that remove any elements left behind from old flooring system.

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Tips & Tricks for Keeping Your Carpets Spot-free

Are you a carpet hater? Do you often get sick and tired of obsessing about your clean carpet that you think getting rid of it might be the best solution? Don’t fret, keeping your carpet clean isn’t as challenging as you may think! You don’t have to figure out how your friends with two dogs and three kids keep a perfectly looking new carpet. We are here to give you a few simple tricks—not only to help your stress levels but also to help save you money and your carpet!

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Tips & Tricks for Cleaner Carpets

  1. The No Shoe Rule

This should be a given, right? However, many times we start off having good intentions, but end up lapsing over time. Sometimes we think that our shoes really aren’t that dirty. Before you know it, people are walking around your nice, clean carpet with their dirty shoes. This rule can be tough to enforce, but your carpet can gain many benefits from having the no shoe rule. You will have cleaner carpets, less allergens and bacteria, and healthier feet! The no shoe rule works, your carpet will thank you!

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When To Replace Your Flooring

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Unfortunately, floors aren’t made to last forever. And while floor cleaning can improve their looks and extend their lives, eventually floors have to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your flooring?

Well, the timing depends on your floors. Tile, hardwood, and carpet, and the different types under each of those, come with different shelf lives. The exact time to replace your flooring hinges on several factors, but here are some ways to know when your flooring has seen better days.

Carpet

Carpet has a broad range of life expectancy. Lower quality carpets (like those in your college apartment) typically last one to five years, while the highest quality carpet averages 15 to 25 years. The longevity of your carpet also depends on how many people live with you, if you frequently entertain, if you’re prone to spills, etc.

Though a lot of factors determine how long your carpet will actually last, there are signs you can look for to know when it’s time to move forward.

Stains

This one is the most obvious, but as a reminder: if stains overtake your carpet (and your carpet isn’t in an area where more near-future spills are inevitable – like a playroom),

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Floor Removal Machines: How Do They Work?

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At Speedy Floor Removal, we use top of the line machines which can remove the flooring and coating in homes and businesses throughout the Gainesville, Florida area. These machines remove the flooring, remove glue, and leave behind little to no dust! However, we have many people who ask us, “How do these floor removal machines work?”

Below, our floor removal experts explain how our machines and floor removal processes work.

About the Floor Removal Machines

At Speedy Floor Removal, we often use two machines to completely remove flooring. The first machine is specially designed to remove tile, hardwood floor, carpet, and more. One of our floor removal experts sits on this machine and drives it throughout the home to remove all flooring. Then, our team disposes the old wood, carpet, or tile. Even though the flooring is removed, the project is only halfway done.

Coating Removal

The second step is to remove the glue and coating. In order for new flooring to be installed, this glue must be removed. Unfortunately, this is where the dust is created and scattered throughout your home. To capture this dust, we use another special machine which sands down this coating and sucks the dust at the same time.

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Five Secrets to Keeping Your Carpets Clean

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It usually doesn’t take long before spots start appearing on your carpets. Whether you have pets, children, or you yourself have a spill, accidents do happen—and unfortunately it happens quite frequently on your flooring.

There are many stains that are hard to get out—including wine, wax, grease, and soda. Below, the floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has outlined five secrets to keep your floors clean and lasting longer.

Secret 1: Blot, Don’t Rub

If there is a spill on your carpets, it’s almost second nature to rub your towel in a circle to get the stain out. This method actually rubs the stain deeper into the carpets rather than bringing it to the service. Instead of rubbing your towel in a circular motion, try blotting the stain. This will help absorb the stain into the towel instead of pushing it deeper—which makes it nearly impossible to remove.

Secret 2: Treat Your Carpets Like Clothing

If you spill grease on your favorite blouse, how would you treat it? Mothers for ages swear by sprinkling powder over the grease stain or by using grease-cutting dish detergent. Treat your carpets like you would your clothing by using the best method to get out those tough stains.

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