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Vinyl - Easy Install Instructions

Approved sub-floors

All sub-floors must be clean, smooth, dry and solid (free of old adhesive, loose paint, moisture, etc.). Do not install if sub-floor temperature is below 65. Vacuum or thoroughly sweep the sub-floor. The floor backing must be clean.

Over existing resilient - Strip, rinse and dry the existing floor. Use leveler if the old floor is textured.

Over concrete - If surface is sandy, prime it with an acrylic concrete primer. Level cracks or depressions with a portland cement based filler. Do not install over wet concrete.

Over wood - Cover any unsuitable wood sub-floor with a plywood type underlay or a trowelable underlay cement. Always follow the manufacturer's directions.

One piece installation:

  1. Trim the floor according to the manufacturer's instructions. Check that the floor lays flat and is properly cut.

  2. Fold half of the floor back on itself, exposing the felt backing. Be careful not to crimp the fold.

  3. Paint adhesive onto the exposed floor backing. Apply a thin even coat using roller or a sponge applicator. For a removable floor, do not over apply.

  4. Allow the adhesive to dry to the touch. This should take 10-20 minutes. While waiting, cover the adhesive container and applicator to prevent drying.

  5. Lightly roll the folded-back floor into position before applying pressure.

  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the other half of the floor.

Seamed installation

  1. Follow steps 1-5 above for the largest section of vinyl floor, leaving extra material on the edge to be seamed. It is best to match up the pattern so that the seam will be cut along a grout line. Fold back and apply adhesive to the UN-SEAMED edge first.

  2. Do the same for the second piece of vinyl, leaving the seamed edges free.

  3. Place a scrap of flooring under the seam. Use a straightedge and utility knife to cut through both pieces at the same time.

  4. Roll the first piece back on itself and apply adhesive as described above. Seam edges must be kept clean, dry and free of adhesive.

  5. After rolling the floor back into position and applying pressure, apply a 1/8" bead of Seam Sealer along the base of the seam edge and the sub-floor.

  6. Do the same with the second piece, rolling it back into position so that the seam is tightly closed. Wipe the surface of the seam with a clean cloth.

  7. Apply a 1/8" bead of seam sealer to the surface of the clean seam. Puddles or bubbles can be siphoned off with the applicator.

  8. Allow to dry 3 hours. Keep traffic and furniture off 24 hours.

Cleanup

Wet adhesive and sealer can be cleaned from tools, hands or floor with a warm, damp cloth. If adhesive is dried, use a cloth dampened with citrus cleaner.

Removal

Simply pull up the floor. If any felt tears, scrape it up.

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