LooseLay Installation Instructions
Acclimatization of Material
At least 48 hours prior to installation, Karndean LooseLay must be removed from packaging (product may be stacked, but must be rested flat) and allowed to acclimatize in the room where the installation is to take place. Room temperature should be kept between 18°C - 29°C (65°F - 85°F).
Subfloor preparation must comply with ASTM F710, AS/NZS 1884, BS 8203, DTU 53.2, DIN 18365 (Teil C) or other applicable National Standards and Building Codes for the installation of Resilient Flooring and in strict accordance with the following installation guidelines.
The subfloor must be dry, smooth, level, clean and dust-free and should be prepared as follows, dependant on your subfloor type.
Before starting the installation, remove all debris or dust and clean the floor. Karndean LooseLay can be installed on any subfloor that is flat, level, smooth and dry, but need not be porous; using one of the following three options:
1. Loose lay:
Karndean LooseLay must be fitted ‘tight’; check that room edges are solid and all thresholds or openings are edged with a 10cm (4”) strip of suitable tackifier/pressure sensitive adhesive. The tiles/planks must be fitted ‘tightly’ to the wall and to themselves. If the floor area to be installed has any wall longer than 4 mtrs (13 feet) please treat the installation as a Grid stick installation.
2. Grid stick:
In rooms with any wall longer than 4 mtrs (13 feet) the perimeter of the room requires a 10cm (4”) strip of tackifier/pressure sensitive adhesive applied to the subfloor, and also at 4m (13’) distances parallel to each perimeter wall, covering the floor in a grid. The Karndean LooseLay tiles/planks are then fitted ‘tightly’ across the room to the wall and to themselves.
3. Heavy Traffic / High Temperature Areas:
In rooms with high traffic or areas of high traffic (eg. high footfall- entrances, high frequency wheeled traffic) or high temperature variations (eg. panoramic windows/doors), we recommend installing tiles/planks with a full coverage tackifier/pressure sensitive adhesive. Note: The adhesive used should still allow for easy ‘peel up’ and replacement of tiles/planks in this area.
Karndean LooseLay has a protective PU surface, which helps to protect the floor and eliminates the need to strip and seal after installation.
• To keep clean, sweep all loose debris, then damp mop with the “Clean” solution.
• Over time high traffic may cause dulling to occur. To restore the appearance and durability of your floor, strip the floor using the “Remove” solution, rinse the floor with water and seal, using the “Refresh” sealer.
Karndean LooseLay is not only quick and easy to fit, but in a situation where you may need to replace a damaged plank or tile, it's just as easy to replace a piece as it is to fit in the first place.
See in this video how our fitter, Neil, replaces a plank in only 38 seconds!