Installation

Installation
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    Preparation

    1. Flooring Products
    Wayflor products are made of Woven Vinyl Material backed with PVC + Glassfiber inner.  Our flooring products have unique designs and textures with attributes including being waterproof, anti-bacterial, colorfast to light and easy care, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.  Wayflor products are finished in four ways from which customers may choose: roll-packed in two meter wide, floor tile in 50cm squares, 25cm x 75cm planks, and various custom shapes.

     
    2. Adhesives

    To achieve a better adhesive result, choose the proper glue based on applicable usages and installation areas.  Always follow user guides from the adhesive suppliers. The following is a simple guide on choosing the proper glue:

    • Low – moderate levels of traffic: Use adhesive from approved supplier list (Tiles & Shapes) or similar products.
    • High levels of traffic: Polyurethane compound glues, Use PU glue from approved supplier list.
    • Humid and wet areas:  Water-resistant adhesives
    3. EZ Care Coating

    For indoor and higher levels of foot traffic like hotels, food service areas, retail stores, and offices that require higher dirt-resistance and extended wear, Wayflor applies an EZ CARE coating to all Wayflor products.

     
    4. Cold Weld Sealer

    For roll installation, all the joints must be sealed with cold-weld sealer, ex. Use sealer from approved supplier list.

     
    5. Stair Edge Protection Molding

    For stair installations, a protection molding is required for the front edge of each stair. (See Figure 1)

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    Install Rolls

    1. Choose your flooring option from one of Wayflor’s multiple designs. To install the flooring successfully, the floor must be completely level. For ceramic or cement sub-floors, use a self-leveling cement. If the sub-floor is level but not flat, use a quick-drying cement. Be sure to apply primer to the subfloor for best results.
    2. To install Wayflor product on concrete sub-floors, apply primer all over the sub-floor with roller. Mix self-leveling cement according to manufacturer’s instructions and apply to the subfloor, using the roller to erase air pockets and bubbles. Allow 24 hours to dry.
    3. Sand floor using a commercial sander. Floor should be level and even. Vacuum the sanding dust, drawing the installation line. Unroll the product and allow it to relax prior to installation.
    4. Cut each piece to required length of floor, making sure all arrows on the back side of the flooring face the same direction. Overlap each piece by 3 to 4cm (See Figure 2) and cut at the seam for a smooth surface. For designs with repeats like the Herringbone design shown in Figures 3 & 4, measure the right repeat and then cut along repeat.
    5. Use a straight knife to cut through the overlapping thickness one time. Use a guiding cutter for the best results. Remove the top and bottom waste.
    6. After cutting, ensure sub-floor is clean.  Lift half of the flooring product and apply glue with correct recommended trowel type.  After waiting  the recommended curing time, fold  back onto glued floor.  For indoor use, an acrylic base glue can be used and if for heavy traffic, outdoor or waterproof flooring, Wayflor recommends a polyurethane (PU) glue. Use glue from approved supplier list. Trim the edge, use an edge trimmer to remove excess flooring product.
    7. To eliminate air pockets, use the heavy roller to press firmly on the entire surface of the floor.  After installing the first repeat, use the same method to complete the balance of the floor surface.
    8. Cold weld sealing: Use recommended cold weld sealing products to achieve the best condition of the joint seam. 
      • Because of the woven top layer of this kind of floor coverings, the masking tape will most likely not stick properly, and the welding liquid can penetrate under the tape. If the tape is lifted later on, it is impossible to dab the remaining cold welding liquid. The top layer literally melts, and the seam is clearly visible. The seam area is welded, but the visible result is poor.
      • If the top layer of a floor covering is uneven causing the tape to not stick properly, we recommend working without the tape and to weld and instantly dab instead. It is best if one person does the welding while the other is dabbing, taking care to follow the first with a bit of distance. This process avoids unnecessary melting of the top layer and ensures the best results.
      • For dabbing, Wayflor recommends Tissue towel is good to use (it is acceptable to dab with whole roll as long as the top layers are still soft and able to absorb the liquid – then remove used tissue towel).  An uncolored cotton cloth (color with the cloth could stain the seam area) is good as well as long as it is clean and able to absorb the liquid. If the cloth has been used and if it is hard because of the absorbed cold-welding liquid, replace it with a new one.
    9. The installation is now complete!  If further construction or furniture installation is needed please use proper protection of the new Wayflor.
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    Install Tiles or Shapes

    1. Choose your flooring option from one of Wayflor’s many design options.
    2. In order to install the flooring successfully, floor must be completely level.  For ceramic or cement sub-floors, use a self-leveling cement.  If the sub-floor is level but not flat, use a quick-drying cement.
    3. If the sub-floor is wooden, use a polyurethane (PU) glue to prevent the wooden substance from warping. Use PU glue from approved supplier list and curing agent along with a trowel.  Mix according to manufacturer’s instructions on the glue. Only mix as much glue as necessary, as the glue cannot be re-used again after curing agent has been added. Choose a trowel that allows for even application of the glue.
    4. Now create the design for installation of the  new floor. Install plans normally start from the center of the installation, but this is using another plan.  Draw the center line (See Figure 5), apply glue with trowel, and wait for the correct time for installation.  Installation must be completed before the floor is completely dry.
    5. Use the following tessellate installation method (See Figure 6), and only the products from same production lot/tone # can allow installation in the same direction (See Figure 7,8,9) to avoid color variation.
    6. Once half of the installation is complete, start the second half of the room.
    7. After installation, trim the edges; use an edge trimmer to cut excess flooring.
    8. To eliminate air pockets, use the heavy roller to press firmly (See Figure 10) on the entire surface.
    9. The installation is now complete!
    10. If further construction or furniture installation is necessary, please use proper protection of the new Wayflor.
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    Clean Up and Finish

    1. Vacuum the whole area to ensure cleanliness.
    2. Use a white damp clean cloth to wipe the floor surface. Use mild/soft detergent when needed.
    3. Wayflor recommends covering the whole area if further construction or furniture installation is necessary.
    4. To use commercial cleaning, please refer to Wayflor USA maintenance instructions.
    INSTALLATION STAIN REMOVAL
    • Glue (Water based):  Pour hot water, allow to soak, and clean with a damp cloth
    • Glue (Solvent based):  Soak with chemically pure petrol, and clean with a damp cloth

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