Tips & Guide
All About Installation
Which installation direction do you recommend?
We recommend installing your laminate floor lengthwise in the direction of the main source of light and crosswise in the direction of movement. Often the observance of these directions is not possible, i.e. the door and windows might face each other. In such situations you must decide according to your own taste. Laminate can be laid diagonally or, with the appropriate transition profiles, in various directions. For a diagonal installation, you should expect more offcut waste and allow for between five and ten per cent more when you purchase your flooring. If the subfloor consists of wooden floorboards, you should lay your laminate panels transversely to the lengthwise floorboards.
Where can I find a good laminate installation guide?
Another good resource on the Internet can be found under www.himmeljaya.com
Should wall distance be taken into consideration during installation?
Laminate flooring elements manifest a predominantly wooden composite base. Wood is a natural construction material. One of the important features considered for the typical “floating” installation of laminate flooring elements is the so-called “working” of the wooden composite. The concept “working” implies the swelling and shrinking processes of the wood or the natural wood material; through these processes natural hygroscopic behaviour is caused, meaning the absorption and discharge of moisture.
In addition, the dimensional behaviour of the laminate flooring elements – as with all other building materials – is influenced by the heat/cold acting from above and/or from below.
For this reason it is important that the laminate flooring has room to “work”, in order to avoid subsequent damage. Damage can include: open joints, swelling up or buckling in the joint area with peeling and flaking design, rises in the floor (“mounds”). The distance between the laminate and the wall should be 12 – 15mm and should be fixed during installation by using expansion joints.
When do the expansion joints have to be taken into account in the laying (installation) process?
Expansion joints must be allowed for when the installation area measures more than 8 metres in length or width as well as when a laminate installation continuing from one room into another is desired.
Can I install a laminate floor in the bathroom?
No, a laminate floor is not suitable for damp rooms such as a bathroom or sauna.
About Care and Cleaning
What kind of laminate cleaner should I use?
When choosing a laminate cleaner, we recommend that you choose one that does not contain any waxes or oil. Oil and wax cannot penetrate the bonded laminate surface and thus they tend to lie on top of the laminate surface in a greasy film. This film causes smears during cleaning and leaves footmarks when walking across the laminate floor.
We recommend that you do not polish your laminate floors.
Don’t clean it away – keep it away We all know that dirt is brought into the house from outside and then gets trodden into the floor.
The best way of cleaning is to avoid dirt – simply leave it outside the door – but how? Just put down a large doormat at your front door. Better still, if you have two, you can have one in use while the other gets thoroughly cleaned, and vice versa.
Please think about it: walked-in dirt causes damage on nearly all floor coverings: gravel, etc. acts like sandpaper and causes unpleasant scratches! Your laminate flooring will stay beautiful for even longer if you fit felt pads under the feet of your chairs, tables and cupboards – it’s easier to move them and prevents scratches.
Another tip: don’t forget to equip the castors or rollers on office chairs, filing trolleys and mobile containers with soft treads/castors – these are recognisable by their two-tone construction. Old hard- and/or sharp-edged castors on existing furniture should also be exchanged.