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Floor Installation Guide: eleTile eleEase

Handy installation and maintenance notes for the eleEase collections by eleTile Flooring Products.

Installation Notes

  • You need to add an extra 10% to your room measurement to allow for natural wastage.
  • eleEase should be acclimatized for 48 hours prior to installation and installed in temperatures between 17-270°C with air humidity between 40-60°C. Temperatures outside of the recommended levels may cause expansion or contraction.

Installation should start from a wall, normally the longest wall, with the under-edge facing away from the wall

Before laying the floor, check the wall to determine if it is straight. If you have an uneven wall, then you either scribe the first row of planks or template them against the uneven wall.

We recommend that the over-edge top of the connecting surface of the first plank/tile be cut away to avoid any visible dip once the plank relaxes, unless the installation is prior to the skirting, then this process is not required.

When securing two planks/tiles together, you should angle the plank/tile (45 degrees) into the corresponding edge. The over-edge is always placed on the under-edge. Use one hand to hold the plank/tile and the other plank/tile to guide the edge into place for a tight fit by lowering the plank as you go. Be careful to keep the seams tight. You can push the planks/tiles slightly against the adjoining plank/tile to create a tight seam, if necessary, after the connection has been made. If your seam appears not to be tight, you can immediately pull up the plank/tile and reapply it. It will not harm the adhesive connection system, but try to avoid any contamination of the adhesive strip (NB it must be a Dust free environment). If using Feature Strips, then install them direct to the under edge of the plank/tile, before applying the next plank/tile.

When installing the planks, it is highly recommended to stagger the rows so that the short edge seams are not in a straight uniform line. We recommend the staggered random method with at least 30 cm between end joints. When installing tiles you can either stagger as above or place in rows.

Start the second row with the cut off plank used at the end of the previous row if appropriate, or use a plank cut about 1/3 in length. The over-edge butts up to the first row plank. Start the third row with a full plank and continue to lay as above for the remaining rows. Always place cut edges against the wall and not next to other planks.

EleEase plank/tile can be cut easily with a utility knife (Stanley knife) or similar, changing the blade regularly. Just score the plank 2 or 3 times and snap the plank. During installation, eleEase should be rolled using a 50kg - 68kg roller to ensure the correct bond between planks/tiles.

Keep some spare EleEase planks/tiles in case there is an unforeseen need for replacement. If you need to replace a plank/tile, use a utility knife and cut into the middle of the plank/tile along its length. Carefully peel away the plank/tile and lift out. Replace a plank/tile by carefully placing the under edges under the planks/tiles next to it, then slowly putting the plank/tile into position by adding pressure to the seams and carefully looking that it fits perfectly.

Maintenance

Eletile PVC vinyl flooring needs minimal maintenance.

  • Any lose dirt or dust to be removed by brushing or hoovering.
  • The product may be cleaned to remove shoe marks etc by mopping using a neutral detergent only or you can purchase a vinyl cleaner which you add to water and mop as usual.
  • Furniture must have felt pads fitted to all feet tables and chairs etc to limit any scratching which can occur with sharp edges.
  • It is not recommended to use wax on Eletile products as this can cause a slip hazard.

Commercial Installation Guidance for eleEase

Material acclimatisation before installation

The product should be removed from all packaging and placed in the area of installation for a period of 48 hours, there should be a constant temperature of between 17-29°C, and this temperature should be maintained during and after installation.

Sub-floor preparation

eleEase is suitable for installation on concrete, sand & cement screed, asphalt, timber, anhydrate screeds, ceramic tiles, terrazzo floors and marble floors. eleEase is also suitable to overlay on some existing floor coverings such as PVC vinyl tiles, sheet and Marmoleum. The existing floor covering should be flat and well adhered. We do not recommend overlaying on top of carpet. For further advice please speak to Eletile technical department.

Wet Sub-floors

eleEase is suitable for installations where the Relative Humidity in the floor does not exceed 95'RH. It is the responsibility of the installer to ensure the Relative Humidity is not above 95'RH.

Under floor Heating

eleEase can be installed on under floor heating, however this must be switched off at least 48 hours prior to installation and remain off during installation and for further 48 hours upon completion, then the heating must not exceed a floor temperature of 27°C. In addition to this the air humidity must be maintained between 40-60°C Extreme temperatures will cause expansion and contraction so it is vital that the correct conditions are maintained.

Conservatories/Sun Rooms

eleEase is not suitable for conservatories/sun rooms which exceed 27°C. If it does exceed this temperature we recommend an epoxy adhesive. The temperature should not exceed 30°C and air humidity between 40-60%RH and should not fall below 12°C

Installation Requirements

eleEase should be installed in temperatures between 17-27°C with air humidity between 40-60°C. eleEase should be rolled using a 50kg - 68kg roller to ensure the correct bond between planks/tiles. Temperatures outside of the recommended levels may cause expansion or contraction.

Setting Out

eleEase, because of its unique nature, should be set out against a perimeter wall. If this perimeter is uneven the first row of planks should be scribed to ensure an even first row. The grab strip should be the inside edge so enabling the next row of tiles/plank to be joined. This should be repeated across the installation area. All cuts should be carried out in the normal manner. For large areas we can provide transition strips which will enable installation to progress in more than one direction. For any further queries or clarification please contact Best4Flooring.