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Health and safety tips to remember when laying a floor

It is not an easy task laying a floor properly and safely and, if in doubt, it is better to hire a professional to do the job. Should you decide to take on the task yourself, there are a few general health and safety tips to bear in mind.

If you will be using any noisy machinery, this means that you should wear ear protection, and keep rooms well-ventilated if using adhesives. Always read the flooring manufacturer’s instructions carefully as they may contain important safety information.

When installing flooring, you should think about wearing protective pads on your knees as you will be spending lots of time in a kneeling position. Alternatively, you could use something like a folded towel to prevent your kneecaps from becoming sore.

If you are installing carpets, always wear gloves when holding the carpet gripper to protect the skin of your hands from sharp protruding pins. When driving nails in with a hammer, wear protective goggles in case a nail flies up and injures your eye.

Use goggles and gloves when cutting floor tiles and consider safety in the long term. Will the tiles be very slippery if they are in an area where spills regularly occur, such as a kitchen or bathroom? Do you need to consider tiles with a more textured, grippy surface?

Some flooring, such as laminate, requires sawing and the material should be clamped safely to prevent any movement and potential cut fingers. It’s also wise to wear safety goggles when using power tools for cutting or drilling, in case any small pieces of material fly upwards.

Take great care when using a hammer to push hard flooring pieces, such as laminate, into place. If you are feeling tired it’s better to take a break, rather than continue and risk injuring yourself. Always work slowly and steadily, and use the correct tools for the job.

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