Installation Requirements –
The final appearance and performance of your flooring will depend on the quality and preparation of the sub-floor upon which it is laid.
The sub-floor surface must be smooth, clean, level, dry and free from dust and small particles, with a damp proof membrane incorporated in solid ground floor situations.
Floorboards should be overlaid with resin-bonded plywood or flooring grade hardboard sheets and fixed at 100mm centres with ring shank nails.
Your new cushioned flooring must not be laid over a timber sub-floor that has been treated with wood preservative, asphalt floors, vinyl or thermoplastic tiles. These surfaces should be covered with a minimum layer of 2mm screed underlayment to prevent migration staining on the sheet vinyl above.
It is recommended that the floorcovering is fully adhered to the subfloor using a suitable acrylic adhesive, this certainly for areas greater than 12m2. Perimeter fixing by spray or tape is not advised, as can result in bubbling of the floorcovering due to changes in room conditions. The flooring must be fixed in doorways, and especially under frequently used kitchen furniture, tables, chairs etc, irrespective of the size of the installation. Also where there is regular movement of heavy domestic appliances or at seams.
A regular cleaning and maintenance programme helps to ensure your new floor keeps its appearance and good lucks for the future.
Regularly sweep your flooring with a soft broom to remove dirt and grit to prevent scratches etc. Wash using a MILD detergent and rinse with clean water.
Your flooring can be kept looking as good as new with a periodical application of a proprietary acrylic polish.
Certain rubbers, which contain anti-oxidants, can permanently stain your flooring. Some common causes of staining can be rubber backed mats and rugs along with certain types of soles on shoes. Staining can also result from coming into contact with chemicals, solvents, strong dyes and certain food colourings.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or strong detergents as they may result in discolouration. Any staining resulting in contact with these is not a manufacturing defect or product failure. The use of ”beater bar” rotary suction vacuum cleaners is not recommended as surface damage may result, especially when the vinyl flooring product has been loose laid.