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Glue Down LVT Flooring
Installation Guide

The consumer and installer assume all responsibility for final inspection of product quality. If the flooring is not acceptable, contact your supplier. Once installed the flooring is considered accepted by the installer and owner. Please read all installation instructions carefully before starting the installation.

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1. Remove thresholds and other trim before you measure the room to see how much flooring to purchase. Your surface to cover will be the length times the width of the room plus the area of any nooks and closets. To this total surface area you will need to add around 10 percent for material lost from cutting.

2. Remove the existing flooring if necessary. If the existing floor surface is suitable, solid and fairly smooth you may be able to skip this step. If you remove carpet or old vinyl, you may need to use a power scraper and citrus-based solvent to remove old adhesive without omitting corners and crevices.

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3. Use a patching compound to fill in any cracks and holes in your subfloor. Work the compound into the hole with a putty knife and level it off. Once you have a smooth, even surface, sweep and mop it thoroughly. The smoother the subfloor, the better vinyl planks will bond to it. Finally, a coat of primer is recommended to seal extremely porous subfloors or difficult to bond to surfaces.

4. Planks are to be installed parallel to the wall that is the main line of sight in the room (usually this is the wall opposite to the room’s main entrance). Measure to determine the centre of the room and adjust the centre point so that planks are evenly distributed on each side. Mark this straight centre line on the floor using a chalk line or fine felt pen. Planks of first and last rows may need to be cut to ensure even layout throughout the room.

5. Spread the adhesive with the recommended notched trowel. Use only supplier’s recommended adhesives and closely follow instructions for their use. Wait the appropriate time according to the manufacturer’s directions before commencing to lay flooring.

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6. Starting on your centre line, be very careful to line up the first plank perfectly straight since all the remaining planks will key off the first. Make sure that all planks are laid in the same direction. For this purpose, arrows have been printed on the back layer of the planks.

7. Cut a vinyl plank in half to begin your second row. Use a vinyl plank cutter(recommended)ora utility knife and square to cut the plank at a 90-degree angle to its length. Staggering the vinyl planks creates a more authentic appearance; commence subsequent rows using the cut-offs from previous rows, alternating them randomly. Pieces should be minimum 20 cm (8″) in length, as should the stagger from one row to the next.

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8. Use a floor roller to ensure all the planks are firmly bonded to the floor and install mouldings. Locate any gaps between planks; if any, use a putty knife to fill gaps with putty and wipe away any excess.

9. Should there be adhesive residue on the surface of the floor, use a clean white cloth dampened with water if adhesive is wet and acetone or mineral spirits if it is dry to wipe it away.

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