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Usage

  • Floor covering exclusively for interior residential use (bedroom, kitchen, living room, utility room, corridor).

  • Product compatible with under floor heating systems (switch off heating at least 24 hours before installation).

  • Floor temperature must not exceed 27°C. Room temperature must not fall below 10°C.

  • Product not compatible in areas where extreme fluctuation in the indoor climate is possible (veranda, winter garden...).

 

Preparation

  • Recommended equipment: tape measure, ruler, cutter and pencil or chalk.

  • Store the strips flat with veneer side upwards 24 hours prior to installation (min. 15°C).

  • Very rough floors must be finished (mortar and/or levelling compound). It is strongly recommended to apply an adapted primer emulsion to finished floors.

  • For slightly irregular sub floors (e.g. wood or laminate parquet flooring glued to the floor, concrete screed, close-fitting tiled surface), use a levelling compound or a specific coating to obtain a smooth fitting surface.

  • Before installation, the surface beneath must be clean, hard, smooth, dry and free of cracks (remove dust and all marks of grease, wax, plaster, paint, etc.).

Preparing Subfloor

 

  • Subfloor moisture or the lack of an effective moisture barrier on direct to earth subfloors can cause problems. All concrete bases should have a continuous damp proof membrane (DPM) where perimeter edges are continuous to the walls.

  • It is essential that LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) be laid only on subfloors that are completely dry and which do not suffer from rising damp or hydrostatic pressure.

  • Existing concrete or screed bases should be level and smooth. All previous adhesives should be removed. If this cannot be done then a layer or screed or smoothing compound can be applied before installation of LVT.

Conditioning

 

  • It is recommended that LVT be stored at installation site 48 hours prior to installation.

  • Boxes should not be stacked over 5 boxes high.

  • Room temperature should ideally range between 18°C to 26°C.

  • If LVT is to be installed over under floor heating, we recommend increasing the temperature gradually over several days.

 

INSTALLATION ON EXISTING FLOORING:

 

PVC / linoleum coverings

  • LVT should not be installed directly onto PVC covering, PVC flooring should be removed.

  • LVT may be installed directly onto linoleum. It is strongly recommended to apply an adapted primer emulsion to the linoleum prior to the installation.

 

Textile coverings

  • LVT is incompatible over carpet and other textile coverings (these must be removed before installation).

 

Glued parquet and laminate flooring

  • LVT may be laid directly onto glued laminate or parquet flooring (mosaic, woodblock, etc.) where there are no joints. An adapted primer emulsion should be used in order to improve adhesion of LVT.

Floating parquet and laminate flooring

  • Floating flooring should be removed prior to LVT installation.

Tiled flooring and concrete screed

 

  • LVT may be fitted to smooth tiled surfaces without joints.

  • LVT may be fitted to tiled surfaces with joints after the floor surface has been smoothed with a levelling compound.

  • LVT may be fitted to a smooth concrete screed.

  • If the concrete screed is uneven, it must be smoothed off with a levelling compound. For each case, a primary coat should be used in order to improve adhesion of LVT.

Maintenance

  • Using a vacuum cleaner or damp floor cloth (water + non-abrasive detergent).

  • Do not soak the floor.

  • Do not use polish or varnish.

  • Do not use chlorinated solvents, soft soap, linseed oil-based products or acetone.

  • Replace any rubber feet of furniture with plastic or felt feet.

  • Treatment of resistant stain:

- Alcohol, rubber, petrol, grease: rub with detergent and rinse
- Paint, tar: rub with alcohol (e.g. white spirit) and rinse
- Tomato, mustard, ink, blood: use diluted bleach or white vinegar and rinse
- Rust: clean with a rust removal product or oxalic acid and rinse.

Resistance to Chemicals

 

  • Remember that LVT is essentially vinyl with a wear layer of polyurethane. Strong chemicals such as ethers, alcohols, petroleum spirits, esters or ketones can damage these components.

  • Should a spill occur, wipe up immediately and clean with neutral cleaner or water until no residue remains.

  • Long exposure to harsh chemicals can cause LVT to discolour or stain and can strip the wear layer. Plasticiser extraction can occur and can lead to shrinkage or embrittle the LVT.