LVT Information Manual by Polyflor

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polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information 4 existing concrete and screed bases contaminants and then a smoothing compound of at existing concrete and sand/cement screed bases as least 3mm thickness must then be applied prior to described in bs 8204 part 1 1999 if laid directly to the installation of the vinyl floorcovering the ground must contain an effective dpm if one is not smoothing underlayment supplier will provide details present or is suspect consult polyflor ltd for advice on which product within their range must be used to on suitable surface applied dpms existing bases suit the end use application and subfloor construction must also be free of all contamination which would and details of which primer should be used impair adhesion of a floor smoothing underlayment 7 timber substrates or floorcovering all contamination must be removed new timber suspended floors should be constructed before further work proceeds of either plywood or chipboard

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information estimating tiles should be laid according to the guidelines given to estimate your requirements find the length on the in the product information brochures or where horizontal line and the width on the vertical this will necessary to the end users requirements all details give the total square metres of the room use the should be agreed prior to installation taking place maximum area in the list to calculate your requirements in order to calculate the amount of tiles required it is necessary to find the total area plus wastage based all figures are approximate and should be used on a percentage the waste factor is based on the purely as a guide shape of the room and the pattern required this is greater if the tiles are laid diagonally or a complex e.g room length 4.3m width 5.2m along vertical line to 4.3 down horizontal to 5.2 22.4m2 area pattern is specified and if the area contains underlayment 21 – 25 5

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information product conditioning the majority of installation failures are not caused by poor fitting but by the failure to condition the vinyl tiles and planks prior to installation the tiles and planks plus any other products such as borders feature strips design strips tozzettos and adhesives should be conditioned for at least 24 hours prior to installation boxes of tiles/planks must be stacked less than 5 boxes high and tiles removed 30 minutes before use the room temperature should ideally be between 18 and 26°c but more importantly should be constant and not varying by more than 2°c as extremes of temperature can occur between the day and the night times it is essential that these be avoided south facing windows and all conservatory windows should be shaded to minimise daytime fluctuations heating systems which are thermostatically controlled should when necessary be left on during the night to achieve a constant

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information adhesives use of the correct adhesives is important if the this adhesive has very low initial grab and as such it installation is to be successful first time around is imperative that the adhesive is allowed to fully dry polyflor spend many hours testing for adhesive after the adhesive notch has been flattened using a compatibility and user friendliness and as such we pre-wetted paint roller only recommend a small number of adhesives this does not mean others are unsuitable but that we believe the adhesives we recommend will minimise the risks of an installation failure good ventilation and the use of fans speeds up the drying time but care must be taken to ensure there is no dust that can be blown onto the adhesive surface 1.3 epoxy or polyurethane adhesives 1 selection of the correct adhesive these are specialist reactive adhesives normally there are generally three types of adhesive you will encounter in the

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information 6 recommended adhesives all floorcoverings should be conditioned and installed as described in this manual as per 8203;2001 and the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions the substrates should be prepared to accept the floorcoverings in line with the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions polyflor provide this information only as guidance and the legal responsibility for supply and performance is that of the adhesive manufacturer and does not preclude as being unsuitable adhesives from other manufacturers for an updated list of recommended adhesives or for clarification on any technical points then please contact our customer technical support staff on 0161 767 1111 or fax us on 0161 767 1100 for specific questions regarding the adhesives please contact the relevant adhesive manufacturer june 2005 applying

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information installation of planks pre-installation checks and conditioning as for tiles see previous section also installation with b dry tile to check for suitable cuts at edges c underfloor heating as for tiles apply adhesive to the border lines d when installing planks the centre line must be allow planks to overlap border line by approximately 50mm e determined and checked to ensure good size cuts will be fitted at the perimeter because it is not at the ends transfer the chalk line over the planks and carefully cut off excess required that the planks are laid “in bond” in the length it is possible to begin tiling from an end wall f fix borders to finished planks g ensuring prior to laying the first plank that all cuts fit perimeter planks as normal are of an acceptable length min 150mm once the start point has been established depending planks must be staggered to obtain a random finish but it is advisable to

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information d scribe a line onto the tile to be cut using the “bottom edge” of the top tile as a guide e cut the tile to the scribed line loose lay into position and check the fit repeat along the whole wall 2.2 scriber method used when the wall run out is quite severe or when the wall profile cannot be picked up using a straight edge a place the tile to be cut exactly over the last tile laid ensuring the colour is correct and the decoration runs the correct way b set the bar scriber to the size between the diagonal points of tile being laid c trace the profile of the wall onto the tile to be cut ensuring the bar scriber is kept flat to the floor and square to the edge of the tile d cut the tile to the scribed line loose lay into position and check the fit repeat along the whole wall 3 adhering the perimeter tiles a once a wall edge has been fitted and loose laid turn all the tiles inward so as not to lose their position b spread the

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information 5 terminology naval planks laid as normal but along the length of there are a variety of bonds used in the laid designs each plank is laid a feature strip or design strip of of planks and tiles and below are a few which are suitable colour there are no feature or design strips widely used used across the ends of the planks normal where tiles are laid in straight lines and usually tessellated tiles can be laid in two colours to give a checkerboard pattern naval plank 6 acoustic properties vinyl tiles and planks provide no airborne sound normal improvement benefits and give between 3 and 4 db brick tiles are laid in rows with the side joints off set impact sound improvements if due to national or local by half tiles similar to brickwork building regulations a bigger improvement is required polyflor recommend the use of approved acoustic underlayments and these must be laid strictly in accordance with the manufacturers

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information load bearing capabilities there are three types of situation where the load 3 rolling loads bearing capabilities of the floor need to be considered rolling loads cover a range of situations from castor wheeled chairs and hospital trolleys to heavy static loads e.g furniture filing cabinets etc applications such as fork lift trucks where these impact loads e.g dropped items and stiletto heels situations occur the following points need to be rolling loads e.g castor chairs trolleys and fork lift trucks in all instances the effect is due to the load weight applied and the area it is applied to addressed prior to the installation of the floorcovering 3.1 substrate the substrate should always have sufficient strength to cater for the anticipated loading if the surface 1 static loads has been given a skim coat of underlayment this as a guide polyflor products will withstand should have the same strength characteristics

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information b as required spot clean to remove stubborn marks with a it is advisable to leave the surface overnight before walking on it to enable the polish to fully cure neutral cleanser weekly/monthly a polyflor polish should be removed periodically approximately every 6 months dependent on assess the appearance of the floor b traffic by applying polyflor stripper as required scrub with neutral cleanser diluted as per the manufacturers recommendations a 3m® doodlebug or deck scrubber can be used 3.2 polyflor maintainer regular routine cleaning of vinyl floor tiles c if a lustre is required then the floor should be damp mopped a with a dilution of maintainer which should then be left to dry before applying the polyflor maintainer ensure the floor is free before being trafficked from dust and grit by gently sweeping or vacuuming b to minimise any surface scratching external dilute 100ml approximately half a cupful of polyflor

polyflor luxury vinyl tile technical information • spillages should be cleaned up immediately by first wiping with absorbent paper and then thoroughly mopped or wiped with polyflor maintainer the floor should then be rinsed and allowed to dry • spills should be dealt with immediately as wet floors can be slippery • black scuff marks can be removed by using a moistened cloth with the correctly diluted polyflor maintainer a non-abrasive nylon scrubbing pad may be used for more persistent marks • applying polyflor polish will offer extra protection against scuffing • prevention is the first step to protecting vinyl flooring from scratches • use mats at external doorways to reduce the trafficking of grit dust and water into the building • furniture can cause scratches to a vinyl floor therefore felt pads should be attached to the feet of tables and chair legs • keeping dogs nails well clipped will reduce scratching from pets • if