Amtico flooring appears to be made of rich, deep-coloured hardwood or cultured marble, but it is actually made from durable, solid vinyl. While it looks like harder materials, the Amtico flooring material is flexible and stain resistant, which means less maintenance and a more durable appearance than many hardwood and marble products. Installing the floors requires fitting the pieces together. While Amtico cannot be installed for exterior uses due to extreme temperature changes, it can be used indoors to create a handy alternative to wood flooring options.
Things you need
- Floor cleaner
- Levelling compound
- Amtico adhesive
- Cloth or rag
- Amtico adhesive remover
- Plastic scraper
- 45 kg/100 lb. roller
Deactivate any below-floor heat in the room; the floor must be at or below 27 degrees Celsius/81 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 24 hours before installation.
Clean the subfloor thoroughly to remove any dirt, dust, grease, paint and all other contaminants. Amtico can be installed over concrete, wood, stone and other materials, so cleaning procedures may vary depending on your subfloor. Apply levelling compound to any dips or divots in the floor so that it is completely flat. Allow all cleaning and levelling efforts to dry completely before continuing.
Open the Amtico adhesive product. Select an area of your floor to begin. Work in small areas you can easily cover with flooring within 15 to 30 minutes, or else the adhesive may dry before you can lay the floor.
Spread the adhesive evenly across your first area with a small notched trowel. Allow the adhesive to settle for 10 minutes to become tacky and sticky.
Lay the tiles firmly into place on the adhesive, twisting slightly as you apply pressure to ensure that the entire back of the tile is covered with adhesive. Press firmly to ensure there are no gaps between tiles and that tiles fit together tightly.
Clean excess adhesive from between tiles or tile surfaces with a cloth dampened in Amtico Adhesive Remover. If the adhesive has already dried, scrape it off the surface with a plastic scraper.
Roll all tiles with a 100 pound roller within two hours of spreading the adhesive. If necessary, roll the tiles in each small section as soon as you lay them. You must roll within two hours to ensure proper setting and adhesion to the floor.
Work through your installation sections until you have laid and rolled the entire floor. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before allowing foot traffic, and for 48 hours before washing the floor.
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