Once you have made the decision to install hardwood floors in your home or office, you might be wondering about the next steps in the process! When you are familiar with what to expect throughout the installation, you can feel more confident about your purchase and understand how to properly care for your new hardwood floors. Here are 4 things you can expect from the hardwood floor installation process:
1. Initial Preparation
Once you have ordered your hardwood floors from ReallyCheapFloors.com, you can complete the initial preparation by removing all furnishings, paintings, draperies and all other items from the room. All of our shipment delivery times are estimates to give you an idea of how much time you have to prepare your room for installation. Once your order has shipped, you will receive an email from our shipping department that will contain your tracking information and a copy of your bill of lading. Note that all of our shipments are scheduled through a third party company called Globaltranz, who will book the shipment with the carrier that is best suited to your needs.
2. During the Installation
When the hardwood floors are being installed by your contractor, you should be prepared for some noise and disruption to your home or work environment. Although you have removed all of your furniture and other items from the room, you may want to cover or remove furniture in nearby rooms in case of debris and dust. If a finish is being applied to your hardwood floors, be sure to keep off of the floors until they are properly dried. Note that this amount of time may depend upon the type of finish that is used, so check with your contractor if you have any specific questions.
3. Immediately After the Installation
Once the hardwood floor installation has been completed and the finish has dried, you can place your furniture back into the room. However, use felt pads on the bottom of all furniture items to minimize dents and scratches. You should also put throw rugs at all of the entrances, but avoid rugs with rubber backs as they can discolor the floor. Note that variations in the hardwood floor boards are normal and no two boards will be identical.
4. Years After the Installation
While the installation of your hardwood floors is the big step, you can keep them looking new for years to come with proper maintenance! We recommend using a cleaning product that is specifically recommended for hardwood floors rather than vinyl or tile cleaning products. When you clean your floors, you can just sweep with a soft bristle broom or dust with a dry microfiber mop. If your floor has beveled edges, vacuum with the beater bar turned off to remove dust from between the individual boards.
Now that you are familiar with the process of hardwood floor installation, check out the flooring products from ReallyCheapFloors.com to find the perfect hardwood floor for your home or office! We look forward to doing business with you!