Preparation for Installation
Surface Preparation- Subfloor (wood or concrete) must be structurally sound, clean, smooth, dry free from dust, dirt, wax, grease, and/or any other foreign material that would interfere with a good bond. DO NOT USE adhesives where moisture is present in concrete or wood-type subfloors. Moisture may retard or prevent adhesive from setting.
Primer-the latex primer acts like a sealer but allows adhesion of the planks to the concrete floors. It also helps preventing moisture from getting between the planks and subfloor.
You will need a utility knife, carpenter square, chalk, string, pencil and rolling pin.
Installation of Vinyl Tiles
Planks and adhesive must be conditioned at room temperature, minimum 65°F for 24 hours before and 24 hours after installation. Spread adhesive with a 1/16” X 1/16” X 1/16” square-notch trowel. Apply adhesive to subfloor according to the instructions on the container. Spread adhesives to small areas to avoid letting the adhesive dry too much before you have finished laying your plank. For planks use the wet set installation instructions. Roll each section immediately upon completing with a 100 pound three-section roller. Re-roll the entire floor after one or two hours. If you do not have access to a roller, then use a rolling pin and your body weight. Do not wash or treat the floor for a minimum of 48 hours after installation.
We recommend using a non-rising cleaner that leaves no film and suggest that you vacuum, sweep or dust mop twice per week. Hi-traffic areas might require more frequent cleaning
Wipe up food and other spills immediately using recommended cleaner and a soft cloth. You should NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS, POWDERS, OIL CLEANERS, WAXES OR DISH DETERGENT. These will scratch the surface or leave a film.
When using a vacuum, if possible turn off the beater and use a hose or wand with an upholstery attachment. Vacuum wheel may also be a source for indenting and scuffing, check the wheels for imbedded grit.
To remove scuff marks you can use a soft cloth to rub it out. If they difficult to remove try using a product named “Oops Painter Wipes”. Rinse the area well afterwards with clean warm water and allow to dry. Please note that these procedures may help remove stains from vinyl floors, but cannot guarantee complete removal. Burns, holes or “permanent” stains may require a replacement “patch of that section of the floor.
To remove damaged planks you can use a hair dryer, which heats up the adhesive allowing the plank to be picked up. When the plank is up, use a wide blade putty knife and pull it out, then put the new plank down once the surface has been prepared. You should NEVER USE A HEAT GUN as this emits too much heat and will damage the planks.
Sample swatches have been cut from an overall design, decoration & shade may vary. The random nature of wood and other natural materials from which our patterns are designed means that significant color and design variation is normal and enhances the extraordinary look of the planks.