At times, when moving to a new house, you may decide to refurbish the floor and the entire homestead. But while refurbishing works for many, at times, the best option is to remove the hardwood floors. After removing it, you can then decide to install a new flooring material or rejuvenate your floor with hardwood of different material and color.
There are numerous methods of getting rid of your hardwood floor. However, our focus is on a quick and reliable method. Also, you might consider selling your hardwood floor in the market if it’s still in good condition. The hardwood market is always full, and you can get even clients for low-quality or rotten flooring materials. So here’s the deal:
Must-Have Protective Gear
1. Safety Glasses
2. General Purpose Work Gloves
3. Husky Soft Cap Gel Knee Pads
4. Dust Mask
5. Hearing Protection
Preparing to remove the floor
Before starting the project, you should first map out the area you want to remove the hardwood floor. While some may want to replace the entire hardwood floor, others may only need to remove a smaller portion. So get a tape and mark the boundaries.
Laying Down Tarps
It’s best to put taps on the marked area to prevent furniture and appliances from being coated in sawdust once you begin sawing. So, remove any equipment, furniture, and other items from the marked area before you remove the hard floor.
Wear The Appropriate Safety Gear
Wear safety gear to ensure your safety during the process. Put on gloves, safety glasses, knee pads, dust masks, and hearing protection. You should also wear shoes to protect your toes from exposure to nails and other dangerous sharp objects.
Cutting The Boards into Smaller Sections
Hardwood planks come in different lengths, and subdividing them to smaller sections can help you remove them quickly. So cut your hardwood like using a circular saw, then cut some lines in the hardwood at a 1-2 feet wide spacing in a perpendicular direction to where the wood is laying.
Prying The Hard Wood
With this method, set the saw blade to the thickness of your hardwood floor to prevent damage to the subfloor. After you are done marking the wood, start sawing them away then pry them up using a mallet and 2-inch pry bar. Though slow, two tools are useful in removing the hardwood boards from your floor.
You’ll also need a nail claw for removing the staples and Curved Vice Grips for removing both nails and staples. After removing the staples and nails, a magnet will come handy to remove the metal debris.
Disposing of The Old Flooring
Use lined trash in your work area for getting rid of the remains of your old hardwood floor. It’s a far safer approach than throwing around the thrash. Also, the old flooring, nails, and staples present a risk to your children and pets; hence, it’s safer to dispose of them properly. After completely removing the hardwood floors, take your bin to the outside and eliminate the remains in a safe place.
Removing your hardwood flooring is a less daunting task if you have the right guide. These floors are easier to remove, and you can DIY the project. But you should always be vigilant by ensuring you follow the removal instructions to book.