How do you remove carpet tacking nails from the terrazzo floor without breaking the surface of the floor?
In order to retain terrazzo and minimize damage - I'm about to try this method as interpreted from Ross of Home Depot South Tampa: After removing the soft wood portion of the tacking strip away from the nails without disturbing the nails, (A) then clamp the nail with one of a variety of pliers available and gently to moderately forceful, twist each nail in place until the nail is loosened so that it can be pulled directly vertically without chipping or breaking the terrazzo/marble. Then fill nail hole with appropriate adhesive-filling is optional depending on desired appearance. (B) In some cases the nail may break, the remedy then is to cut the nail flush at floor level with special pliers (maybe $10) and then grind down (dremel) the nail flush to the floor and leave in place. The snap cutting of all the nails and grinding could avoid the twist method and minimize floor chipping and whole filling. Whichever method, it may be difficult to avoid some terrazzo chipping which may be cured by applying a selected sealant/adhesive, consider color and hardness desired. Start in an undesirable corner - thoughtful trial & error is progress and refinement.
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Composition: The floor consists of an under layer of cement concrete in ratio of 1:2:4(1 part of cement: 2 parts of coarse sand: 4 parts of graded stone aggregate 12.5 mm nomi…nal size). Its thickness depends on size of marble chips used. Under Layer Cement concrete mixture should be used for under layer. The panels should be of uniform size. In exposed situations, length of any side of the panel should not be more than 1.25m. Terrazzo Restoration A terrazzo floor is the same as any concrete slab with a few exceptions. It is often placed over a concrete slab in a thin layer, from a half to three quarters of an inch in thickness. It is seeded with with colored marble chips on the surface while the mix is fresh, and the chips are seated in during the floating or troweling process. After the mixture hardens, the polishing process begins. Large floor grinding machines using diamond chip impregnated cutters polish the surface in steps from coarse to fine. You now have a beautiful terrazzo floor, but highly susceptible to staining. Most contractors place one or two layers of sealers on the finish but this is not enough. In a school system where I performed this installation, we had to take great precautions to protect the floors. Then, upon occupying, the school personnel stripped off the sealer and applied multiple layers of floor wax per manufacturer's recommendations. Therefore, in order to restore a terrazzo floor one must first strip and clean all waxes, sealers, dirt and grime. Then you have to consider whether repolishing the surface will remove stains and imperfections which sometimes penetrate very deep into the surface. Then, if repolishing won't do it, you must consider removing the floor and reinstalling it. But before I did that, I would aggressively clean the surface and then do a proper job putting down layers of floor wax. Often the sheen from this procedure, especially after a thorough cleaning of the old floor, will conceal most imperfections. See the related link(s) listed below for more information:
Answer . Try using a fine steel wool with some Murphy's oil soap, The holes will probebly need to be filled and you can use a wood filler in a tube that is sold by the pre… finished wood at Home centers.
Answer . I would use ice cubes for the glue and toilet bowl cleaner for the yellow stain. Depending on the stain there are different steps. But I will assume that you are …talkin about the stain from the glue. You can take a stripper to the floor to remove the glue. From there you will need to either polish it or wax it. If it is a high traffic area I would not suggest waxing. As this will need to be done often. The more wax you apply the worse it will be to strip it later and do it the right way. The process for polishing it is rather easy. You do need to know some basics though. How to run a floor machine or as most people call it a buffer. They have these relatively new pads that make the process easier than it was in the past. HTC makes a brand called TWISTER. They are diamond embedded. Basically you start with your red pad then white then yellow then green. They can be used dry but it is better to do it wet. Cuts down on the dust and does give it a better finish in the end. Obviously it is harder than it sounds from reading this so getting a professional involved may be your best option.
Answer . If you cant get them out with a pry bar you can shear them off at the surface with a chisel and hammer.. Answer . the back of a hammer or pry bar. . The conc…rete nails are as hard as the chisel and will ruin any chisel quickly if you try to shear the nails. The chisel can be used as a prying wedge. Removing the nails will bring out a small patch of concrete with it.
buy a carpet knife, cut the carpet into sections, roll up and remove. if it is glued down you should rent an electric floor scraper from a home improvement center. costs ab…out 50.00 to rent for a day and is well worth it.
I have spoken to a builder friend about this as we are wanting to remove our old terrazzo floor in the bathroom. He said you would need to jackhammer it out.... i am a little …hesitant as the bathroom is on the 2nd floor of our home with hardwood floors beneath.. i have time to spend on it as we have another functional bathroom in the house, so i am planning on using a hammer and chisel to get it up.....
Messy job. Involves solvents and lots of elbow grease. Check in at your closest home improvement store for a variety of methods, none of them fun.
whatever you use be careful not to remover the lacquer the best thing to use is super strength nail polish remover that contains acetone I glued a piece of carpet to my bathro…om floor without removing the vinyl first when I ripped up the carpet it left the glue on the floor and I went to the chemist to buy nail polish remover that contained acetone and that work great just the job it also removes stupid glue-(Super Glue)
First off, you need to find a wax stripping product, one that is designed for terrazo floors. You can use that to clean the floor. Removing the wax isn't a big deal when you c…arefully follow the instructions. After that, use water to wash off the traces and residues of the wax-stripping product. You can dry the floor after that. Next, you can apply the terrazo floor sealer. This is a helpful step as doing that can help in protecting the unsightly stains. Once the sealer is applied you can let it to dry completely. Do not apply too much as one thin coat is enough to get the job done. It is important to keep the dust away from the flooring because the quality of dust can result in scratches. So you need to sweep the floor regularly using a dust map or a broom. Also, get a dust cleaner that has neutral pH. Along with a cleaner, combine 3 gallons of water. Apply the mixture on the floor and let it be there for a few minutes. Rinse the mixture and rinse the floor until there are no map lines seen. Once the floor is mopped entirely, prepare the buffing machine and then use it on the floor.
Typically installed carpet is removed by carefully removing the small piece of moulding (1/4 round) at the bottom on the baseboard. Its probably pressing down on the carpet to… keep it in place. Gently pry the moulding off with a flat screwdriver or putty knife. Do not remove the baseboard. When its off, you can see how the carpet is fastened to the floor. If its a metal strip around the edge, pry it up to release the carpet. You can cut the carpet with a razor knife to make it easier. Be careful not to cut the flooring underneath - it might be nice wood flooring or tile that you would like to keep.
Goof Off has more chance of working than anything. Rub it with this till it softens enough to peel off.
Carpet cleaner usually works for me! Just put some on the nail polish and rub!
Terrazo is basical a cement floor with a high polish, you can scrape pretty agressivly and you can use paint remover, wont hurt the terrazzo
No. unless you want your floors to buckle from the moisture. It is not recomended to install laminate flooring over terrazzo flooring. The moisuture buildup will ruin the wood… planks.
If you don't remove carpeting first, wow, let's see. You'd still need some kind of sub-flooring, which wouldn't be sub since you'd be putting the 'sub' on top of carpet on top… of existing sub-flooring. The big problem with that idea--actually problems are these: . Inserting a sub flooring on top of carpeting then traps ALL moisture, water, insects, dust and mites that are in the carpet... so you could end up with a mold problem between the two sets of sub-flooring . If you have a water leak later, water will move to an area of least resistance--- the carpeting and carpet padding! . If you have mold, water leak, or any other problem later, you'll need to remove the vinyl flooring, top sub flooring, and carpet anyway. . If you install a sub on top of carpet on top of padding on top of the original sub-flooring, you will raise the floor! The floor door jams will be higher... so you'll need to cut into the ends of the door jams too. Your doors won't open and close over a raised floor, so doors would need cut or shaved down... . One big headache as far as I can imagine it. Why not just remove the base-boards or base woodwork, remove the carpet and padding, clean up staples and debris, check the original sub-flooring for wood integrity, and THEN use that base for installing your vinyl flooring? You'd finish up by re-installing floor door jams and baseboards/woodwork. Re-check opening and closing of doors-- add door sweeps if there are gaps between the door and new floor. It'll be less costly to do labor of removing the old carpet yourself. Rehanging doors, re-installing baseboards/woodwork, and door sweeps is very inexpensive, except labor, but if you use a marking system when you remove baseboards, it's simple to re-install them. (Mark Wall A with an A where the baseboard would hide your marking, and mark that baseboard on the BACK with an A, etc. so you have each one and each Wall marked in order as you go around the room.) Before deciding what to do, get 3 estimates from reputable floor and tile installers. They can explain why it might be better to just remove the carpet and padding.