How to Install Fluff Cord Tile

Installation of Fluff Cord Tile

RECESSED INSTALLATIONS

1. When installing tile in recessed areas or depression, sweep area free of dirt. "Dry Fit" tile by snapping a center line through the width of the area and arrange one row of tile in a parquet pattern across the width until there is less than a I2" space remaining. Measure this space remaining and divide the number of inches by 2. This will determine the width of the finishing strip or the cut tile to be used at each end of the installation. (Example: If a row of tiles is placed the width of the area and there is a 9" area uncovered; 9" divided by 2 = 4-l/2'"; the width of the finishing strip or cut tile to be installed on each end will need to be 4-1/2'").

2. Starting at the center line, arrange one row of tiles the length of the installation area and follow the same procedure as in paragraph # I .

3. Before the installation is cemented in place, the finishing strips or cut tile should be fitted for both the width and the length.

4. If the surface area is poor or requires sealing against hydrostatic conditions. use a Cleaner-Sealer as directed on the label.

5. Trowel adhesive over the area where tile is to be installed. Apply adhesive evenly to the floor, using the recommended trowel. Spread only enough adhesive (TT-390) to maintain a wet adhesive surface - do not allow adhesive to skin over (see full instructions on adhesive label). Place tile in adhesive in a parquet pattern beginning at the center. (With Fluff Cord Tile, peel away protective white paper covering on back of tile, exposing solid adhesive base.)

6. Walk, roll down, or hammer tiles with rubber mallet to obtain the best bond. If tile is not placed before adhesive sets, the bond will not be effective. Remove tile, apply fresh adhesive over existing adhesive, then re-apply tile.

7. Re-check all installed tile for loose corners or edges - tap down.

8. Use Paint Thinner or Mineral Spirits to clean off excess adhesive before it dries.

NOTE: If weather is hot, dry or windy, adhesive will set up faster. Cool damp weather delays setting of adhesive.

SURFACE INSTALLATION

1. If tiles are to be installed on the surface, chalk mark the area to be covered to detern1ine boundaries.

2. Follow the same instructions as for RECESSED INSTALLATIONS shown above.

3. Surface installations should have a beveled edging strip. If edging is to be used, miter the corners, and 'dry fit'' in place. Install edging with contact or epoxy adhesive. Tap firmly to bond to the surface by using flat of hand or rubber mallet. Adhere tile to lip of beveled edging strip that fits under tile.

ADHESIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

We recommend our trowel-on TT-390 Non-flammable adhesive or an Epoxy adhesive.

Neoprene Contact adhesive can be used for small installations or where traffic will move across the tile less than 24 hours after installation. (Any good contact adhesive will bond tiles to floor. Contact adhesives are difficult to work with on large floor areas.)

CAUTION : It is extremely IMPORTANT that there be AMPLE VENTILATION when using the Paint Thinner, Mineral Spirits, Cleaner-Sealer, or Adhesive.

Maintenance & Care

GENERAL CLEANING

I. Power vacuum or sweep as need to remove loose dirt, grime, lint, etc., to reduce need for excessive shampooing. Tile will retain traffic dirt and protect interior areas. In high traffic areas, daily vacuuming and frequent shampooing may be necessary.

2. Outdoor installations can be cleaned by hosing to remove dirt and mud. Excess water should then be swept off or wet-vacuumed.

SHAMPOO CLEANING

1. When surface becomes heavily soiled, scrubbing with a commercial-type rotary brush shampoo machine and wet vacuuming is recommended to restore original surface.

2. Outside installations may be shampooed and then rinsed by hosing. Excess water should be removed by sweeping or wet vacuuming.

3. Recommended solution for shampooing cleaning in a commercial-type shampooer is: one cup washing machine detergent, one cup household ammonia, and one gallon warm water.

REMOVING FOODSTUFF, BEVERAGE STAINS, ETC.

1. Mix a strong concentration of detergent with any commercial bleach such as Clorox or Purex

2. Scrub vigorously with a hand brush.

3. Wet-vacuum thoroughly to remove excess water.

REMOVING CHEWING GUM

Chewing gum can be removed by freezing with ice or Freon spray and chipping with a putty knife. Clean up residue with detergent or solvent.

REMOVING CIGARETTE BURNS

If cigarette bums are not too badly charred, a wire brush can be used to brush up the nap. Should this prove unsatisfactory, remove the burned tile from the floor and insert an new tile by applying adhesive. Because of the small area involved, repaired areas can usually be walked on after five or ten minutes drying time. Any excess adhesive can be cleaned up with paint thinner or mineral spirits.
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