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Installation and Usage Instructions for L2C click floor

STORAGE before laying


Store floor packages flat so that they do not undergo any deformation. They must be stored away from condensation and rising damp. The floor have to be stored in its packaging at room temperature for at least 48 hours before installation. Parcels should only be opened when laying. In any case all packages should not be opened in advance. The room should be perfectly dry, closed with a minimum temperature of 15 ° C. Do not place the floor if the ambient air humidity is not between 45% and 65%.

Important Conditions


Optimum climate conditions for the solid wood flooring are a temperature from 20 to 22°C and relative air humidity of 45 to 65%. A humidifier, thermometer and humidity meter will help you control and maintain a constant moisture level in the interior. Wood is a natural material. Humidity variations cause wood to move constantly, changing its volume and shape. In a dry environment it shrinks and, in a humid environment it expands.


The units may have some variations in color, these will later unify. Above all, the flooring will become darker during the first 3-6 months.


Although your floor has been produced with the greatest care we recommend you to check all units for damage before you start laying the floor. Damaged units can be replaced only if they have not been used.

 


Foundation requirements – preparing the room

For most situations a concrete subfloor is recommended for the best results. Concrete floors should be dry, clean and flat (Any unevenness greater than 2 mm over the length of 2 meters must be smoothed out). Use a suitable underlayment for sound insulation and to smoothen any smaller unevenness in the base floor.

CONCRETE SUBFLOOR:
The moisture content must be less than 2.5% CM, and 1.8% CM is recommended if Underfloor heating is installed.
We recommend measuring it with a humidity meter and if necessary dry it by using a dehumidifier If there is underfloor heating, the subfloor must not exceed 24°C and the moisture content must be less than 1.8%. You do need to follow special installation instructions. If the underfloor heating is installed, you should seek advice from your supplier on the application of the supplied floor.

WOODEN SUBFLOOR:
Remove any existing damp—porous floor covering first. – Make sure the subfloor (same case) is stable. Nail down any loose parts and apply a leveling layer. It is necessary that the crawl space under the plank floor will be ventilated sufficiently. Remove any obstacles and provide sufficient ventilation. The moisture content of the wood may not exceed 11%.

 

Recommended tools

Hammer, electrical or manual jigsaw, steel square, tape measure, pencil, toothed scraper, pulling iron, spacers, underlayment system/sound insulation.


Laying instructions

GENERAL

The locking system is a smart system for installing solid floors mainly without using glue. The panels can simply be clicked together. Position the panel to be installed at an angle of 20 to 30° to the panel already installed. Move the panel gently towards the previous row of boards while moving gently up and down. Never press strongly down, pressure towards the previous board is more important. The panels will automatically click into place. You can walk on the floor during and immediately after installation.

You can choose where you want to begin. Think about what will be the easiest way to install the floor. For right-handed people start from left far corner on the long side of the room.

Make sure the panels are mixed sufficiently when you install them so that you do not end up with too many identical, light or dark panels next to each other.

 

Installing the floor

 1) First install the underlayment, per width and gradually as you progress. Use also the damp-proof moisture barrier (0,2 mm PE-plastic film) if not part of the underlayment. For Concrete, let the moisture barrier run up the wall a bit before cutting to size. For wood, cut the moisture barrier 2 cm from the wall. A molding will be attached to this later.


  2) Begin the first row with a whole plank. First saw off the tongue on both the long and the short sides. Put the plank with the sawn off sides against the wall. Put spacers between the planks and the wall. This will ensure that your expansion joint is wide enough (1-1,5 cm).


3) Installing Under Door



In places where it is too difficult to install the planks with the tapping block (e.g. against the wall), you can tap them together using the pull bar and a hammer.



- There must be a 1-1,5 cm expansion space between the last row and the wall. Keep this in mind when sawing the last row of panels.

Wet Areas

Since prolonged water exposure could damage your wood flooring. Wet areas would include bathrooms, powder rooms, kitchens, mud rooms, foyers, and laundry rooms. No Fair Floor Solid boards are recommended for extreme humid applications such as in saunas or swimming pool areas. An expansion area of 1-1,5 cm must be provided around all vertical obstructions including walls, permanent cabinets, pipes etc. All perimeter expansion areas must be completely filled in with a water repellant sealant, a silicone based sealant. When applying sealant, it is helpful to first apply a strip of masking tape parallel to and approximately 0,5 cm from the edge of the flooring. Then fill the expansion area with sealant, remove any excess with a plastic scraper or putty knife, then remove the tape. Let dry for 24 hours before exposure to water.

Pipes

 In rows where there is a pipe, make sure the pipe falls exactly in line with the short side of two panels. Take a drill bit with the same diameter as the pipe plus 2 cm for the expansion. Click the panels together on the short side and drill a hole in the center of the joint between the two panels. Now you can install the panels on the floor.




 When sawing the panels, ensure that the expansion joint under the door is at least 1,2 cm. If you cannot lift the panel, use an adapted tapping block or pull bar and hammer to tap the panels together with the planks flat on the floor.

Remove all spacers.

Install the skirting which will cover the plastic membrane that runs up the wall from under the floor. Never attach the skirting to the floor. This method allows the floor to expand and contract under the skirting.

For a perfect finish around pipes, use rosettes or caulking.

In places where profiles or base board cannot be placed, fill expansion gaps with caulking.

 

Precautions



Cleaning and Maintenance

The surface of the boards is finished in the factory with a special wax-oil. We encourage you to avoid damage of the floor by sharp parts of the furniture or during construction activity.

MAINTENANCE
An oiled floor should be vacuumed or wiped with dry mop but never too wet. An oiled floor should be regularly maintained.

MAINTENANCE
According to instruction, mix mild neutral (parquet) cleaning liquid to 10 liters of lukewarm water. Apply the soap water with a wet mop and move in the longitudinal direction of the wood. Wring out the soiled mop and rinse in a second bucket with clean water. All the rest water must be wiped out immediately. Never clean surfaces with water after as you may lose your protective layer. Dry approximately 1 hour at room temperature. The floor soap contains selected natural ingredients and provides a high nutrient value to the wood. Do not wash your floor too often as you could get the opposite effect. We recommend the soap maintenance once a month.

AFTER TREATMENT
In case of stains or dirty floor you might use the Intensive cleaner. This soap is very concentrated and guarantees optimum protection against dirt. Mix 9 l lukewarm water with 1l Intensive Cleaner. Apply the cleaning solution on the wood by floor cloth and apply in the direction of the wood grain. Rinse the dirty floor cloth in clean water. Never clean surfaces with water as you may lose your protective layer. Thereafter you can use Maintenance oil or Refresh Oil. Maintenance with Oil Refresh is only necessary where heavy traffic has worn away the gloss and protective finish.

LOCAL RENOVATION
On heavily damaged areas (wine stains, cigarette, blows, ...) local renovation might be necessary. This is one of the advantages of parquet treated with hard wax. The damaged site should be sanded and then retreated with a treatment oil (1 or 2 layers) – ask your dealer for the treatment oil to get the best fit of the color used on your floor. For a perfect and uniform appearance treat the entire surface with maintenance oil.

DEPTH / FULL RENOVATION
For a heavily used parquet or insufficient maintenance the entire surface abrasion might be needed. 2 coats of hard wax applied by roller brush or pad are recommended. Either the treatment of entire surface with Intensive cleaner and application of 1 coat of hard wax might be an option.

 

Enjoy your floor!

 

ATTN: INSTALLERS – Caution: Wood Dust
Sawing, sanding and machining wood products can produce wood dust. Airborne wood dust can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified wood dust as a nasal carcinogen in humans. Protect yourself appropriately.

STORAGE before laying
Store floor packages flat so that they do not undergo any deformation. They must be stored away from condensation and rising damp. The floor have to be stored in its packaging at room temperature for at least 48 hours before installation. Parcels should only be opened when laying. In any case all packages should not be opened in advance. The room should be perfectly dry, closed with a minimum temperature of 15 ° C. Do not place the floor if the ambient air humidity is not between 45% and 65%.
Important Conditions
Optimum climate conditions for the solid wood flooring are a temperature from 20 to 22°C and relative air humidity of 45 to 65%. A humidifier, thermometer and humidity meter will help you control and maintain a constant moisture level in the interior. Wood is a natural material. Humidity variations cause wood to move constantly, changing its volume and shape. In a dry environment it shrinks and, in a humid environment it expands.
The units may have some variations in color, these will later unify. Above all, the flooring will become darker during the first 3-6 months.
Although your floor has been produced with the greatest care we recommend you to check all units for damage before you start laying the floor. Damaged units can be replaced only if they have not been used.
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