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Floor Removal Machines: How Do They Work?

Tile Floor Removal in Florida

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

Photo of man working to keep his carpets clean

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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The Dangers of Dust Inhalation

Simply reading about dust inhalation makes you want to sneeze doesn’t it?

That reaction should come as no surprise, especially to those who are asthmatic or suffer from extreme allergies. It isn’t something that should be taken lightly as it can create lasting health issues for a number of different reasons. In this blog, we’ll highlight 3 dangers of dust inhalation and list preventative measures you can take to limit potential health problems caused by dust.

Dust Inhalation Can Trigger Asthma Symptoms

Dust allergies usually cause itchiness in the throat, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Breathing in dust can cause these symptoms to worsen and lead to inflammation in the nose and throat. If you’re working in a dusty environment, it is important that you wear a disposable respirator in order to avoid dust inhalation. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, exposure to dust while on the job, or “occupational asthma” effects an estimated 15% of Americans.

Dust Contains Bacteria and Fungi

Did you know that the average American household contains up to 7,000 types of dust-related bacteria and 2,000 species of fungi? Your carpet alone can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch.

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The Advantages of Carpet Tile

Are you looking for a low-maintenance, efficient, durable, high-quality, low-priced, commercial grade flooring option? Well, we may have just what you’re looking for. Although it may sound too good to be true, there does indeed exist a product so versatile that can meet all of these requirements.  

Carpet Tile

Why bury the lead?

The product we’re talking about is carpet tile. Believe it or not, carpet tiles have been in use since the mid-nineteenth century and were first sold by a small Dutch carpeting company outside of Amsterdam. The idea behind the invention of carpet tile was to design a product that would have the same functions as a full sized carpet, but eliminate the waste that occurs from cutting and trimming to fit certain spaces.

Carpet tile would continue to gain popularity throughout Europe, especially in urban areas in which many people lived in small apartments and did not have enough space for a full-sized rug. It proved popular in the commercial sector as well and many businesses made the switch to carpet tile because of its remarkable durability.

Uses and Advantages

Now that you know a little bit about the history of carpet tile,

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How Do I Clean Linoleum Flooring?

Linoleum flooring can be a cost-efficient option for families looking for a flooring change.

It’s versatile, fitting any room of your house. You can find linoleum flooring in a large number of patterns and colors. Pick out a type of linoleum that already matches your decorating to keep some extra money in your pocket in the end.

Once it’s installed, linoleum can be taken care of without much work. Here’s all you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your linoleum flooring:

Sweep or Vacuum Floor First

If you’re going to use a liquid product on the linoleum flooring, which is the best way to clean it, then you need to make sure that all dirt is off the floor. If not, the dirt already on the floor just gets spread out, and the floor doesn’t have the smooth, clean feeling that you’re looking for in the end.

Do this by vacuuming or sweeping the entire portion of the floor that you plan to clean.

Pick A Floor Cleaning Product

There are many products available to use as the cleaning solution for your floors. Go to your local store and search the cleaning aisle,

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The Ultimate Guide to Economic Flooring

When you’re ready for a change in your home, seeking out economic flooring can be the way to do it on a budget. Homeowners can often be scared away from flooring changes because of prices, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

New flooring doesn’t have to be expensive. You can get a new look on the floor of your home by choosing from some economic flooring options that will turn heads while keeping money in your wallet.

Here are some examples of economic flooring that can provide the look you want without the expensive price:

Cork Flooring

Cork can give your floor a unique look. It’s made out of natural materials and has become more heavily used in the United States because of its environmentally friendly elements. The floor is naturally resistant to mildew, mold and termites, making it a healthier option of flooring that doesn’t off-gas like normal floors can when they are installed.

The most unique part of cork is that it gives a cushion under your feet. It won’t feel like you’re in a bounce house, but it is softer than normal hardwoods would be.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is an option of economic flooring that can still provide an eye-catching look.

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The Importance of Dust-Free Floor Removal

Dust Free Floor Removal in Florida

When it’s time to get your floors removed, dust-free floor removal is the ideal approach for your home or business. It can help you avoid the dust mess that can overtake your home while also keeping your family safe.

Dust Can Be Dangerous

Dust can contain residue from cleaning products. Some intake here and there can be a problem, but the problems increase when your floors are replaced if you don’t use a dust-free process. Having dust in your house isn’t always something that can be controlled. However, when floor removal is necessary, dust laying around the house can be spread all over if you aren’t using a dust-free approach.

Dust can be dangerous for people of all age ranges. It can impact those with allergies and asthma while producing itchy skins and eyes for others. Coughing, sinus issues and bronchial infections can also pop up from simply having too much dust in a house.

If flooring is removed without a dust-free approach, the amount of dust in the area can cause health problems for everyone in a house during and after the process.

Dust-Free Floor Removal Eliminates the Cleaning Bill

When flooring of any kind is removed,

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New Carpet Smell: What You Need To Know

Your carpet can start to smell for many reasons. It can begin as a new carpet smell, starting right after the carpet is put down because of fumes from the installation process. As the carpet gets later in its life, it can get a musty smell that becomes repulsive to a home owner. The reason your carpet smells is often drawn back to how old it is.

Most carpet installation projects end with the same smell filling the room for days, sometimes weeks, after the project is over. The repulsive smell isn’t even the worst news. Those smells signal the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Here is what you need to know about VOCs, the best possible ways to limit them and other reasons your carpet begins to smell:

What are VOCs?

The VOCs are present in new carpet, carpet pads and adhesives, spreading through the air of your home after installation. They can include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, perchloroethylene and others.

VOCs are the reason clients with new carpet can battle coughing, fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation. They can contribute to immediate and long-term health issues for different people.

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How to Keep Your Carpets Clean

Photo of man working to keep his carpets clean

It’s the holiday season and for some that means an increased amount of entertaining guests. For people with carpeting, the thought of high foot traffic and possible spills on your warm and inviting flooring may cause your heart to beat a little faster. Don’t fear! We’ve compiled a list of the top three ways to keep your carpet looking fresh and stain-free. Carpet cleaning experts all agree – to keep your cozy floors long-lasting, time and effort are needed.

Here are three tips to help you keep your carpets clean:

  1. Dust and Vacuum Often – As soft and welcoming as your carpet does look, it is home to allergens and dust particles that collect in all of your living spaces. The more you neglect to dust and vacuum, the more dust bunnies and their small friends take up residence in your carpeted home. So stop the migration of unwanted guests and start small. One way that you can slowly change your routine and help your carpets last longer, is to focus on the high-traffic areas. These areas would be a great place to focus after entertaining guests for the night. But if the thought of dusting and vacuuming regularly is not appealing,

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A New Floor For The Holidays – The Easy Way

A New Floor For The Holidays

You have wanted a new floor for ages. What better time than the Holiday Season is there to show off your new look to friends and family?

I can hear the howls of protest already. Hire contractors, demolition, renovation…. Over The Holidays? You must be crazy!

Yet despite what seems like a very common sense response, this is actually the best time of year to have flooring work done. I’m going to qualify that statement a little, because as always, you need the right people.

What makes the right person? We all know this one: price and quality.

Price of a New Floor – The Holidays give you the best opportunity to negotiate from a strong position

Quality is a tough one and we’ll spend some time covering that topic a little later in this post. Price, however, is the easy part around the holiday season. Why? Because work is slow and schedules are flexible.

The general reluctance to do home renovation work over the season means jobs are coming in at half the normal speed, or even slower. On the other hand,

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