Prior to removing your old flooring and/or installing your new, you should mop or vacuum the existing surfaces to remove any loose dirt and minimize airborne dust created during the removal process. It is also a good idea to sweep or vacuum the subfloor once the old flooring has been removed. Be sure to arrange for the disposal of the old flooring if you are taking care of the removal.
Power, ventilation and climate control are very important to a successful installation. Be sure to notify your sales associate if your job site lacks any of these so that proper arrangements can be made.
It is important to determine what furniture and/or appliances can and will be moved by the installer. Typically, there are select items, such as antiques, pianos, and aquariums, for which moving services may not be available. Most flooring installers are not licensed to disconnect or reconnect water or gas. It is recommended that a licensed professional be retained to take care of plumbing, electrical and electronic needs. If you are doing the furniture and appliance removal and replacement yourself, be sure to have the work areas cleared before the installer arrives. Please consult your sales associate for more specific information.
You may discover concealed damaged once your old floor covering has been removed. It is at this time that a qualified installer will be able to determine any repairs necessary to bring the floor into compliance with manufacturer specifications and allow it to properly accept the new flooring.