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Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring - Fitting twinclic

Ensure you always read through the fitting instructions found within the pack before starting. Precisely follow the instructions, in order to retain full warranty and guarantee claims.

 

Preparation

  • 1) Store unopened packs in the room to be laid for 48hrs to acclimatise.
  • 2) Prepare all tools and accessories for laying.
  • 3) Any unevenness in the sub floor of more than 2mm over 1m must be evened out.
  • 4) Check for visual damage to the panels, as once laid no claims can be made.
  • 5) The floor must be installed floating, do not glue, nail or screw the floor down.
  • 6) Do not lay on carpet, remove before fitting.
  • 7) Laminate is not suitable for humid or wet areas.
  • 8) If laying over a stone/mineral sub floor, lay a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM), and for enhanced noise reduction use a special absorption product or underlay.
  • 9) Underfloor heating can be used, at a maximum of 27°C.
  • 10) For best results lay floor in the direction of the light source.
  • 11) Begin laying in a corner with the tongue against the wall using spacers to maintain the 10-12mm expansion gaps.
  • 12) Lay the next panel using a 45° angle folding action on the short edge. Continue this manner to complete the first row. It is essential that the panels are perfectly in line, as any misalignment will be exaggerated over subsequent rows.
  • 13) For ease of measuring rotate the last panel 180°, offer up to space (don’t forget the expansion gap) and mark and cut.
  • 14) Rotate the cut piece and lay as before at a 45° angle.
  • 15) Begin the next row using the off-cut from the end of the previous row. At this stage offer the long edge profile up to the previous row, so it just rests on top.
  • 16) Continue to lay as before, folding the short edges together, using the long edge of the previous row as a straight edge guide to ensure alignment.
  • 17/18) Once row is complete offer up in its entirety to previous row and fold in the long edge profile using a similar 45° angle and gently push down (take care not to use excessive force which may damage the profile). Use a zipper type action to move down the row until panels are level and flush.
  • 19) Continue this process to lay the entire room.
  • 20) If the floor exceeds 8m x 8m expansion breaks in the floor are required, using relevant profiles.

 

Tips & Tricks

  • 21) When cutting around heating pipes, place the panel in line both in front and along side to ascertain accurate marks. Include an additional 30mm on top of the pipe diameter for expansion.
  • 22) Use a hole saw for accurate cutting then cut the panel across the short edge through the centre of the hole.
  • 23) Fit the large piece as normal, and then insert the smaller piece gluing contact areas to hold in place. If space is at a premium, and you are unable to fold down, trim the profile flush using a wood chisel and glue in place.
  • 24) To fit floor neatly around door frames and architraves, turn over a panel, offer up to the frame to use as a thickness guide. Using a hand saw flush with the underside of the panel, cut the frame/architrave, and, remove the cut piece.
  • 25) Slide the panel under the frame, not forgetting to leave room for expansion.
  • 26) When measuring the width for the final row, rotate the panel 180° so the tongue faces the wall, not forgetting space for expansion gaps.
  • 27) Once the panel is cut, lay as normal. The space left for expansion will also allow space to fold the panels down.

 

Care & Cleaning

  • 28) Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove any surface dust. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring pads, as they will damage your floor.
  • 29) For regular cleaning use a cloth, ensuring it is well wrung, it is important not to apply excess moisture to the floor. We do not recommend steam cleaning this product or using any polishes or chemicals that may damage the laminate surface.
  • 30) We recommend to protect your floor, you use felt pads under furniture. Moveable furniture/chairs should be on soft castors or placed on a plastic mat. Furthermore, any single piece of furniture placed on the floor should not exceed 115kg in weight. Doormats should be used inside and outside of all external doorways to prevent grit from being carried across the floor, protecting the surfaces from excessive wear and tear.