Cork Install and Maintenance 

General Information

Please read these instructions thoroughly in conjunction with relevant country standards before installation.

Transport, Storage, Acclimatization:

Transport and store cartons in laying position. Store planks at room temperature in their packaging for at least 48 hours prior to installation. Remove plastic wrapping from packaging only when ready to install. Room temperature must be at least 18°C before & during installation.

Subfloor Requirements:

General: Floating floors can be laid on top of most hard surfaces (e.g. concrete, ceramics, and wood). Soft subfloors (e.g. Carpet) must be removed. The subfloor must be even, flat, dry and variations should not exceed 3mm in 2m (0.12” in 6.6 feet). All types of hard subfloors must be even, flat, and dry. Moister Protection: All types of subfloors require insulation against moisture. Use PE film with a minimum thickness of .2mm.

Radiant-Heated Subfloors: Subfloor surface temperature must not exceed 28°C. For detailed information, follow instructions of the subfloor heating systems manufacturer/contractor or contact your supplier.

Preventative care: If work will take place in the room where the floor is installed, protect with craft paper, plywood or hardboard. Use felt pads on chair and furniture legs. Office roller chairs must comply with DIN 68131. Place quality walk-off mats at all entrances to trap dirt and soil. Never use latex or rubber backed mats as they can permanently stain the floor. Ideal and healthy room conditions are 35% - 65% relative humidity at 20°C. If necessary use a humidifier. These floors are intended for indoor use only. Flooring materials are based on natural materials, and will expand and contract through heating and non-heating seasons, thus experiencing some separation between the planks at different times during the year. Such separations are not considered a product defect.

Installation Instructions

Please read the general information section before installation.

Inspection: Prior to installation, inspect planks in daylight for visible faults/damage. Check is subfloors and site conditions comply with the specifications described in these instructions. If you are not satisfied do not install, and contact your supplier.

Tools and materials required:

Moisture Protection: Lay the PE film, allowing for at least 20sm overlapping and tape. Turn the film upward 5cm along the walls. Trim after the skirting boards are fixed.

Before Laying: 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. Shuffle planks in order to obtain a pleasant blend of shades. Lay planks preferably following the direction of the main source of light. We recommend laying wooden floors crossways to the existing floorboard. Planks must not be screwed or nailed to the subfloor. Skirting boards must not be fixed in a way which restricts the movement of the floor.

Expansion gaps: provide 10mm expansion gaps to the walls and other fixed objects. Areas greater than 900sqft or 30ft in either direction require transitions between rooms and asymmetrical areas require extra expansion gaps.

Start Laying:
  1. Start in the corner. Turn the tongue side of the plank to the wall. Maintain a gap of 10mm on the short side.
  2. Hold the next plank tight to the short end of the first one matching the corner, then fold it down with a single action movement. Make sure that the long sides of the planks make a straight line. Complete first row in the same way. Cut final plank of the first row to correct length. Start next row with leftover (must be at least 300mm long). Ensure that end joints are staggered at least 300mm.
  3. Place first plank of the new row with tongue side at an angle against the groove side of the plank in the previous row. Press forward and lay it flat at the same time.
  4. Place the second plank like the previous one and fold it down ensuring that no joint is noticed between short sides. Ensure that the plank is positioned on the integral locking strip of the plank in the previous row.
  5. Adjust the distance to the wall to 10mm when three rows are completed. Proceed installation as described above until reaching the opposite wall.
  6. Cleaning and Maintenance:

  7. Use only recommended products. Contact your supplier for advice.