1. Analyzing the subfloor
- Check if the subfloor has irregularities by using a board. Measure from wall to wall in strips of 1.5 meters.
- If there are protuberances exceeding 3 mm, they must be removed.
- The depressions exceeding 3 mm must be corrected with quick drying mortar. Wait for the total cure of the subfloor to start installing the floor.
2. Checking the humidity
Concrete floors always transmit humidity, especial subfloors in direct contact with the soil (ground floors). The procedure to follow allows an approximate evaluation of the action of a possible transfer of humidity:
2.1 Fastening the plastic
- Cut several pieces of plastic (polyethylene) of 50X50 cm.
- Fasten them with adhesive tape in several areas of the subfloor.
- Observe after 48 hours.
- Raise the edge of each piece of plastic. If drops of water appear, (mark of condensation) or there is darkening of the subfloor, there is a problem of humidity.
- The floor can be installed in areas where there are no problems of humidity. In this case use the 0.2 mm plastic film as a barrier, overlapping the edges of 20 cm, fastening it to the wall to the height of the baseboard. On the film, apply the Eucafloor 2 mm polyethylene blanket or the Eucasoft planks, which correct imperfections of up to 4 mm of subfloor, as described further on.
3. Preparation of the room
The preparation is very simple, as the Eucafloor laminate flooring can be installed on several types of subfloor:
- Remove wood baseboards, baseboard trims or textile carpet. This procedure is not necessary for ceramic or stone baseboards.
- Make the subfloor even if necessary.
- Wait for the drying and total cure of the leveled subfloor.
- Clean the area well.
4. Door stop trim
So that the floor has a perfect finishing in this area and space for dilation, the stops must be cut, with the aid of floorboard on the Eucasoft 2 mm polyethylene blanket, mark on the stop (1) of the door the part to be cut. Use a manual (2) or electric (3) saw to make the cut, which must be 15 mm deep (4)
5. Fastening the accessory bases
Determine the accessory to be used. Fasten the base of the accessories to the subfloor with a sleeve and screw.
6. Placing the Mantle
- Make available the expanded 2 mm Eucafloor polyethylene mantle with the plastic film with the Eucafloor logotype facing downwards, so that the seams do not match the lengthways joints of the floor.
- Let the mantle be at the height of the baseboard, as in the figure below.
* Important: in applying the mantle, the Eucafloor logotype should be facing the subfloor.
7. Installation of the Eucasoft Premium Mantle
The Eucasoft Premium mantle must always be installed in the opposite direction to placing the planks of the Eucafloor Laminate Flooring , directly on the subfloor. Drawings 1 and 2.
- The Eucasoft Premium mantle must be installed even with the walls and side-by-side, without leaving empty spaces. Drawing 3 and 4.
- In installing the Eucasoft Premium mantle , material without seams should preferably be used. Drawing 4.
Installation of planks
1. Analysis of the room
- After installing the Eucafloor Mantle, start the positioning of the planks.
- Observe the alignment of the walls.
- If necessary, adjust planks cutting and aligning them next to the wall.
2. Modulation of the planks
- Previously define the direction of the planks to make better use of the material.
- It is always advisable to install the floor in the least direction of the room.
- It is important to decide together with the customer the modulation before starting the assembly.
- Measure the place to not have cuts, between rows, of less than 20 cm and closings not less than 5 cm.
3. Application of the glue (for Prime, Evidence and Elegance lines)
Apply the PVA D3 glue on Eucafloor on the grooved sidel the fitting in a continuous and homogeneous manner in a sufficient quantity to pour the excess on the surface, after joining planks. Thus, the excess glue will seal the surface, avoiding the penetration of liquids.
Careful: Clean the excess glue using a wet cloth immediately after the fitting, as if it is forgotten and it dries, it will be more difficult to remove it later.
4. Starting the installation
- Make available planks on the subfloor and carefully fit them, from left to right, with the grooved side facing the wall.
- Start the following rows with fastenings between the plank junctions, considering the minimum misalignment of 20 cm.
- Use the stretching belt and remember that the first three rows must be well aligned without any mal-adjustment for the installation to continue perfectly.
5. Order of placing
Place the first plank with the grooved side (top) and the tongue side facing the wall. Then a spacer between the wall and plank. Remark: : Ensure that the plank is not touching the wall ! . Leave 8 to 10 mm of space to allow for the dilation, avoid a possible "locking" of the Eucafloor laminate flooring.
- Place the first plank with the grooved side (top) and the tongue side (side) facing the wall. Then a spacer between the wall and the plank. Remark: ensure that the board is not touching the wall. Leave 8 to 10 mm of space to allow for the dilation, avoid a possible "locking" of the Eucafloor laminate flooring.
Place the first plank with the grooved side (top) and the tongue (side) facing the wall. Then a spacer between the wall and the plank. Remark: Ensure that the plank is not touching the wall. Leave 8 to 10 mm of space to allow for the dilation, avoid a possible "locking" of the Eucafloor laminate flooring.
6. Lengthway installation
Place the plank to be installed at an angle between 20 and 30 degrees (as in the image). Insert the tongue side in the grooved side of the plank already installed. Lower it making smooth up and down movements until there is a perfect fitting.
7. Adjusting the rows
After placing the last plank of each row, ensure that all the joints fit perfectly. Use the traction lever to do this.
8 . Ajustando fileiras
- Upon arriving at the other end of the wall, cut the plank to ensure the minimum gap of 8 mm.
- Always use spacers, and the minimum CUT for the end of the row which cannot be less than 20 cm. To do this, it is necessary to measure the room before starting the installation.
- Apply the PVA D3 glue for Eucafloor and adjust the fitting of the planks a metallic lever.
- To ensure the perfect fitting of planks, use the plank adjuster and hammer, in situations where the traction belt does not reach. Otherwise, always use the traction belt.
Walls outside the square
- Upon starting the installation ensure that the walls are in the square. If they are not, adjust them with the aid of a bevel (mobile square) cutting the planks.
Leave the laminate flooring planks in place to be installed within 24 hours, without opening the boxes so as to allow its adaptation to the temperature and moisture of the room.
Do not install it in bathrooms, saunas, washrooms, kitchens or in rooms with excessive moisture.
The Eucafloor laminate Floooring planks can be applied directly on most existing floors, such as concrete, vinyl floor, metallic plate, ceramic, granilite, etc, making it a practical, economical and efficient solution in the case of refurbishment, avoiding the traditional "destruction" and accumulation of rubble.
Never install the Eucafloor Laminate Flooring on Wood flooring blocks or other wooden floors on ground floors, in contact with the soil, unless these floors had been waterproofed.
The Eucafloor laminate flooring can be installed on Wood flooring blocks and other Wooden floors which are in good conditions of use, without insects and on upper floors obeying the following criteria:
- There cannot be parts loose or with problems of fastening. If necessary, the empty spaces must be covered with the leveling, respecting the cure time.
- There cannot be any moisture in place.
|Subfloors not recommened
||Remove the floors and prepare the subfloor appropriately.
|Wood and textile carpets
||Remove the floors and prepare the subfloor appropriately.
After the installation, it is advisable to use felt to be glued underneath furniture, chair and table legs.
When using rotating chairs, use polyurethane casters. The use of any other type of caster will damage the floor with scratches.
Whenever possible, use mats at entrance doors to collect the dirt and possible particles of stone and sand retained on shoe soles.
The laminate flooring must not be exposed to water. If any liquid is spilled, dry it as quickly as possible to avoid infiltration.
To remove ordinary dirt and dust, use only a broom with soft bristles or a vacuum cleaner - except vacuum cleaners with a suction tube scraping the floor - and a cloth soaked in solutions of household cleaning products, free of wax or silicone.
In the case of deeper cleaning, use a cloth soaked in water and non-abrasive cleaning solution, as neutral soap, alcohol diluted in water or solution with an ammonia base. Never use abrasive materials and products, as steel wool, sponges, sandpaper, waxers or electric tools. See table:
||General cleaning (grape juice, wine, coffee, soft drink, mercury)
|Water and neutral liquid soap
||General cleaning (latex paint)
|Water and neutral detergent
||General cleaning (grape juice, wine, coffee, soft drink, lipstick)
||General cleaning (3 spoonfuls per liter of water)
||Stains of pen ink, mercury, residue of Eucafloor cola
|Turpentine, thinner, kerosene*
||Paint, varnish and grease
|Pure sodium hypochlorite (sanitary water)
||Not advisable; it can stain if not removed immediately
||Stain and fat
||Abrasive and scratches
||Abrasive and scratches
|* Fatty product, so after removing the stains, used a cloth soaked in a solution of water and liquid soap to remove the fat.