INSTALLATION OF ADHESIVE CORK FLOORING

The instalment of cork floor and wall coverings is a process with its own features which requires special skills. Therefore, it is better to leave it to the professionals that have prior experience of working with cork. If you still decide to manage the instalment yourself, we recommend that you take a good look at the installation instructions.

Before beginning the installation

Before laying adhesive cork coatings, it is recommended to keep the coatings and glue in the room for at least 24 hours, in order to acclimatize and equalize temperatures.

The temperature in the room during installation should be at least + 18 °C with relative humidity of 55-65%. The moisture content of the base for cement-concrete screeds should not exceed 2.0%. Preferably, the room temperature during installation should be the same as the normal, future temperature.

For adhesive floors, the base must be perfectly flat, no fluctuations allowed.

Necessary Toolkit

  • Patty knife/spatula
  • Velour roller
  • Tape measure
  • Paint knife
  • Cord
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber malletю

Applying the adhesive

Use the recommended glue specially formulated to ensure quality, reliable and easy instalment. We recommend solvent-based contact neoprene adhesive or similar types of adhesive.

We recommend solvent-based contact neoprene adhesive or similar types of adhesive.

Strictly follow the instructions and tips outlined in the technical documentation of the adhesive. It is strictly forbidden to smoke or use an open flame in the working room. Glue is carefully applied to both glued surfaces: roller for the product, spatula for the floor. Let the glue dry for at least 30-40 minutes, then you can proceed directly to the installation. The glue applied to the surface retains adhesive properties for 3-4 hours after application.

Installation

Use the cord to find the centre of the room by marking it with chalk. If you prefer diagonal laying, mark the lines at an angle of 45 degrees to the walls of the room. Starting at the centre, attach the tiles without sticking them. Make sure that you have correctly marked and the gap between the tiles and walls does not exceed 1 cm. If necessary, make new marks. Start laying from the centre along the drawn transverse lines to the walls, regularly checking that the tiles remain perpendicular and parallel.

Cork adhesive floors are easy to cut. By carefully cutting standard tiles into multiple sizes, you can create original drawings and patterns. If you plan to select each tile, you can use sandpaper to remove a small chamfer on each tile.

Cork coatings retain elasticity for an unlimited time, so stick the tile to the base and to each other with a slight tightness (compression), constant internal stress ensures no seams between the tiles. The necessary part of the tile, which is installed directly to the wall, can be cut off, as shown in the figure.

After gluing, it is advisable to tap each tile with a rubber hammer over the entire surface. You can also use a heavy roller weighing at least 50 kg.

After laying (gluing), apply at least 3 layers of polyurethane varnish. If cork floors are pre-varnished or already varnished, use a primer recommended by the varnish manufacturer. Use recommended two-component, water-based, elastic varnishes. The standard drying time between layers is 2-3 hours. The final hardening time before the start of exploitation is at least 3 days.

Cleaning up after Instalment

Sweep away the remaining trash or use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dirt. Use a slightly damp cloth with a mild floor cleaner. For areas with deeply ingrained dirt, use a white, non-abrasive cleaning sponge (without large abrasive particles). Wipe the dirty area with the sponge, then go over the area with a cloth moistened in clean water

First Cleaning/Floor Care

In rooms of low use, it is possible to carry out normal cleaning using a mop. After that, the floor can be cleaned with a soft cloth and detergent diluted with water. Remember to avoid large accumulations of water on the surface.

Reconditioning the surface

During operation, you can repeatedly update the varnish coating; consult a specialist for instructions on reconditioning of the surface.

Important Information

Depending on the load level, exposure to sunlight, the colour of the coating may vary. Consider this if the coatings are laid in a room with high exposure to sunlight.

To protect against scratches and dents, it is necessary to use felt protectors on the base of furniture. Wheels on chairs and other furniture must comply with the standard (DIN 68131 – elastic castors).

In places of concentrated loads (for example, in front of a table, with roller chairs), it is advised to use protective vinyl floor mats. Also use this material in front of the door to prevent dirt and sand from entering.

The most optimal conditions for floating cork floors: humidity in the room should be no more than 55-65%, temperature within 20 °C – 24 °C. Take this into account when heating the space in winter. If necessary, use a humidifier. We do not recommend installing floating cork floors in rooms with high humidity.

Attention

Differences in structure and colour even within one package – are part of the natural properties of cork oak and cannot serve as a valid reason for the return of goods.

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