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Subfloor Preparation

Instructions

When Decoline Loose Lay is installed; the subfloor must be flat, solid, smooth, clean, dry, dust and laitance free. Should the surface be ready for laying of traditional vinyl products you may proceed. Decoline Loose Lay may be installed over any existing hard flooring however care must be taken in certain situations.

When laying over Ceramic Tiles ensure the grout joints are no more than 5mm in width and the joints are flush to the face of the tile. Ensure that the tiled floor is level before installation. If joints are not flush to the surface of the tile depressions may appear through the surface of the Decorline Plank. Ensure that all tiles are adhered to the substrate and there are no drummy or hollow sounding areas.

When laying over existing timber flooring ensure the planks run 90* to the original flooring. Ensure that the timber floor is sound and level before installation.

Being a rigid product Decoline Loose Lay will contour to the original subfloor. Should the subfloor area be out of level shadowing may appear on the plank ends. Floor preparation is recommended. A flooring expert or trade person should be able to assist in this.

The surface of the floor must be completely dry. Please note even though the floor may appear dry, it might still retain moisture. Moisture testing is a mandatory step of subfloor preparations. (Moisture reading less than 4.5% is necessary for installation.)

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In newly constructed buildings, it is necessary to allow for appropriate curing times, i.e. new concrete should be allowed to cure for 28 days, screeds should be allowed to cure for 7days

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Any polish, loose paint, dirt, finishes, etc. must be completely removed from the floor before installation. Mop, dry and sweep the entire floor to remove sand, soil and debris from the surface.

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Ensure that the floor surface is flat, solid, smooth, clean, dry, dust-free and level. Use a scraper to smooth the floor surface or a putty knife to remove gum and / or labels.

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Maintain the room temperature between 18℃ to 29℃ before installation. Flooring products must be kept in the same environment for at least 48 hours prior to during installation. Should the product not be acclimatised some movement may occur.

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***Decoline Loose Lay should not be installed in fully submersed applications

Arranging the Tiles

Decoline Loose Lay planks and tiles are recommended to be installed in the direction of the arrow shown. This will ensure all grains and patterns run the same way. To ensure random pattern and the most natural look, cartons should be mixed together.

Installation

Decoline Loose Lay contains a 0.5mm fibreglass layer which ensures the plank will not be affected by normal fluctuating temperatures in the environment. For this reason, we recommend for the best result Decoline Loose Lay be laid with no gaps between any plank or perimeter surface. However, for the best result we recommend using a suitable amount of glue according to the size of the area. For detailed instructions on where to use the glue, please refer below. 

The surface of the floor must be completely dry. Please note even though the floor may appear dry, it might still retain moisture. Moisture testing is a mandatory step of subfloor preparations. (Moisture reading less than 4.5% is necessary for installation.)

Residential Area 

The non-slip rubber backing allows for easy installation. For best results we recommend the planks laid at both ends of the area be glued and laid as tightly together as possible. This will ensure the installation of the product will not move over time. In high traffic commercial areas or areas where a lot of movement is expected it is recommended to adhere the entire floor with PS adhesive. 

Commercial Area

Cleaning and Maintenance

Decoline Loose Lay is easy to clean and look after. Our enhanced surface treatment, Nano Silver protection, gives you complete peace of mind that your floor will look great for years.

Floor Care at Home

Our floors have no grime and dirt traps, unlike many of the materials it faithfully replicates. Our Nano Silver protection system defends against those damages that can easily spoil the look of traditional floorings. Maintaining our floors is polish-free, greatly reducing both chemical and water usage (making it more environmentally friendly) compared to traditional maintenance routines.

Helpful tips:

  • Avoid dragging or sliding heavy items e.g. furniture.

  • Place non-rubber mattings on entrances.

  • Mop up spillages as soon as possible to prevent stains.

Cleaning after Installation

Avoid walking on your new floor until the adhesive has dried, your floor fitter will advise on how soon you can do so. After it has dried, you should remove all loose debris from the floor using a vacuum, brush or dust mop. Ensure that all dry adhesive is removed from the surface and use a damp mop with a pH neutral detergent.

Routine Clean

Vacuum, sweep or mop to remove all dust and loose debris. Damp mop with a neutral detergent. Stubborn stains can be removed by spot cleaning with a concentrated pH neutral detergent and a kitchen non-abrasive scouring pad. Please do not use cleaning products that contain bleach or other household chemicals as they could make your floor unsafe and/or damage the floor.