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GENERAL FLOORING INSTALLATION GUIDANCE
TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products are intended for inside installations on dry, properly prepared floors. The product is not intended for installation on walls, ramps, outside, or on wet surfaces.
TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring are not responsible for any product failure if floor preparation and installation procedures are not followed. Use only TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring approved installation materials.
It is the responsibility of the installation contractor to test the floor to make certain it is properly prepared and ready for installation of TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products.
All TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products should be inspected for dye lot, style, colour, size, quality and shipping damage prior to installation. Do not install TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products if any problems are noted.
CHECK AND ACCLIMATISE
Batch Number – Before commencing to install our products please check that tiles, broadloom or sheet are from the same production lot or batch number. This number is stamped on the back of each tile and on the carton labels. In view of slight colour variations occurring in production, it is important that batches are not mixed.
The room temperature (minimum 18°c) and humidity should be constant at least 24 hours before and after the floor is laid. Tiles should be removed from their outer boxes and laid out loosely on the floor. Tile should then be left for 24 hours to acclimatise before laying.
If tiles are to be installed on an underfloor heating system, then the maximum surface temperature of the heating system must not exceed 27°c. The underfloor heating should be switched off for 48 hours before and after installation.
SUBFLOOR & FLOOR PREPARATION
The floor must be structurally sound, and dry prior to the installation of TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products. Any curing chemicals, sealers, finishes or other chemical treatments used on floors must be compatible with the TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring backing and the TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring approved adhesive systems.
Clean the floor of all excess concrete spots, solid debris or paint spots using suitable scraping methods. Completely remove all wax, dirt, grease, paints or old adhesives. DO NOT use solvents to clean the floors. Sweep and vacuum the whole area. Make sure all perimeter areas are clean. Smooth nonporous floors should be damp mopped prior to product installation. All dust must be removed to ensure proper adhesion on TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products.
All porous, gritty, chalky and dusty surfaces must be affectively primed. All patched areas must be fully primed. Surfaces that are nonporous do not require a primer.
The primer can be applied using a paint roller. Allow the primer to dry completely or follow manufacturer’s instructions prior to continuing with the installation.
Additional sub floor information: Where laying on uneven timber floors or on floors with gaps between boards, lay plywood or hardboard (rough side uppermost) over existing floorboards and nail or staple them down in a 6″ grid pattern.
If the subfloor is concrete and is uneven or has broken plastic or vinyl tiles, which cannot easily be removed, it should be made level with a latex screeding compound. Carpet may be laid on wood parquet or quarry tile floors providing the subfloor is prepared adequately and has a functional damp-proof membrane.
TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring recommended adhesives are displayed on the reverse of each sample folder. The application of adhesive must be across the whole subfloor, not sectional to ensure that good adhesion is made between the tile and the subfloor at all times.
In extra heavy wear areas, including areas where there will be wheeled traffic, or where intense stiletto heel traffic is anticipated, we recommend the use of a permanent adhesive.
Please note that manufacturer’s guidelines on the adhesive application must be followed at all times, to ensure that you are obtaining the maximum adhesion expected when installing TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring products.