How to install Wicanders Cork Flooring:
1. Transport and store and cartons in laying position
2. Store cartons for at least 48 hours in their packing, prior to installation
3. Room temperature must be at least 68 degrees F (18 C) and 35-65% relative humidity before and during installation
4. PREP: Wicanders flooring can be laid on top of most hard surfaces (e.g. concrete, wood, vinyl, linoleum, ceramics). Soft subfloors like carpet must be removed. All kind of subfloor must be dry, even and flat. Variations should not exceed 3mm in 2m (.12″ in 6.6′). All types of subfloors require insulation against moisture (wood subfloors must have protection underneath them). Tools required: Tape measure, electric saw, spacers, pencil, set square, PE Film, adhesive tape. Subfloors must be clean, free of dust and debris.
5. Measure the room at right angle to the direction of the planks. Planks in the final row should be at least 5cm wide. For this purpose, planks in the first row can be cut to smaller size.
6. Use PE Film with minimum thickness of .2mm (.008″). On ground/basement subfloors, we recommend laying 2 layers crossways for better protection. Lay the PE Film allowing at least 20cm (8″) overlapping and tape. Turn the film upward 5cm along the walls.
6. Remove plastic wrapping from packaging only when ready to install. Prior to installation, shuffle the planks in order to obtain the most pleasant blend of shades. Inspect the tiles in daylight for any visible faults or damage. Preferably, lay planks following the direction of the main source of light.
7. Start in the right corner, turn the tongue side of the plank to the wall. Provide 10mm expansion gaps to the walls and other fixed objects. Hold the next plank at an angle against the first one and lay it flat on the floor. Complete the first row in the same way. Cut the final plank of the first row to correct length.
8. Start the next row with the piece leftover. Place the first plank of the new row with the tongue side at an angle against the groove side of the plank in the previous row. Press forward and lay if flat at the same time. Ensure that the end joints are staggered at least 30cm.
9. Place short end of the plank at an angle against the previously installed plank and fold down. Ensure that the plank is positioned on the integral locking strip of the plank in the previous row. Lift planks (together with the previous plank laid in the same row) slightly up (about 30mm), push it against the row in the front and then put it down.
10. Adjust the distance to the wall to 10mm when three rows are complete. Proceed with installation until you reach the opposite wall. After the skirting board is fixed, trim the PE Film.