INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENGINEERED
1. A note of caution (click picture to enlarge)
Wood is a natural product and is subject to variations in colour,
grain structure and geometry. For this
reason, up to 5% of your Engineered Wood
Flooring may not be usable for its intended
China Link’s guarantee does not apply should the installer:
1. install obviously defective boards.
2. fail to combine boards in an aesthetically appealing manner.
2. Preparing for Installation
2.1 Storing Engineered Wood Flooring
Please store Engineered Wood Flooring cartons flat on the ground.
Keep the cartons sealed.
The storage room should be about 18 degrees
and have a relative humidity of 35-60%.
2.2 Conditioning the room before installing your Engineered Wood
Before moving the Engineered Wood Flooring into the room where it
will be installed, please ensure that:
· Painting and wallpapering are completed.
· Plaster is dry.
· Floor and wall tiles have
been installed for at least 3 weeks.
· Windows are in place.
· Radiators have been bled.
· No re-humidification takes
place in the room where the floor will
2.3 Acclimatising your Engineered Wood Flooring
Place the Engineered Wood Flooring cartons in the room at least 72
hours before installation.
Ensure a room temperature of about 18 degrees
and humidity of 35-60% before, during
and after installation.
In winter, particularly with low temperatures and dry air,
you may wish to use a humidifier.
In square rooms, lay the floor in the direction of incoming light.
In rectangular rooms, lay it length-wise.
Allow for expansion gaps every 10 meters.
2.5 Installation Tools
Ha mmer, saw, measuring tape, square, pencil, drill, chisel, fitting
bar, tapping block, wedges and glue.
3. The sub-floor
The sub-floor should be dry, clean, firm and level (maximum unevenness
of 2 mm per linear meter).
The sub-floor's residual moisture should not exceed 3%.
4. Under-floor heating
Please make sure you follow the heating flooring instructions.
The moisture content of the sub-floor must not exceed 1.5% (cement)
or 0.3% (anhydrites).
Among other things, you should make sure that:
1. The heating has been on for at least
3 weeks before laying the floor.
The sub-floor surface temperature does
not exceed 27 degrees.
3. The heating has been switched off for
at least 48 hours before laying the floor.
8 days after laying the floor, the heating
is switched on and temperature gradually
increased (increasing 2-3 degrees
every 24 hours).
For installation on an under-floor heating system, the planks should
be glued down directly onto the sub-floor.
Additionally, the tongue and grooves should
also be glued together.
We reco mmend that you "float" your Engineered Wood Flooring:
· Use PE sheets (2 mm thick) as a vapour barrier under the floating
· Open the Engineered Wood Flooring cartons right before installation
· Work out of 4-5 cartons at any given time and select the most appropriate
plank for every space.
· Up to 5%
of the planks may be unusable. In case
of serious defects, raise a claim and
· Use a guide running along the wall to ensure that the first row of
planks are laid straight.
· Lay the first plank with its grooves towards the walls (corner) and
work towards your right.
· Apply a continuous layer of glue on the groove tops, also on the
grooves at the head joints.
· Gently ha mmer onto the tapping block so that it pushes the planks
into the adjacent ones.
· Remove any excess glue with a damp cloth.
· Use wedges to create 12-15 mm expansion gaps at walls, door thresholds,
pipes, stairs, etc.
· Large spaces require larger expansion gaps (2 mm increments for every
1-meter of flooring width).
· When installing through several adjoining rooms, provide expansion
joints at every door's threshold.
· Start the
next row with the piece of plank remaining
from the previous row, as long as it is
· Stagger the heads of adjacent planks in order to produce a pleasant
· When installing
the last plank in a row, turn the plank
180˚ and place it over the next-to-the-last
plank (tongue facing tongue); mark the last plank with a square and saw
it; install the last piece with the help
of a fitting bar; adjust a wedge between
the last plank and the adjacent wall.
· You may need to cut the last row of planks length-wise as it may
not fit exactly against the wall.
· Leave the wedges in place overnight and then take them out and cover
spaces as appropriate.
· Screw the skirting onto the adjacent wall.
· Make sure the room is well ventilated and free from any excess building
If you decide to glue your Engineered
Wood Flooring, please use the services
of a professional parquet layer.
In case of oiled floors, once installation is complete, the installer should use a quality wood cleaner (e.g. WOCA, Klumpp, Treffert, Bona, etc.) to free the oiled flooring from any dust and dirt associated with installation; and then a quality maintenance oil (e.g. WOCA, Klumpp, Treffert, Bona, etc.) to make sure there is sufficient oil penetration into the wood.
PE sheets should overlap (about 20 cm)
or be tightly jointed to avoid vapour
leakages. PE sheets should be laid upward
on the walls so that any rising residual
moisture from the sub-floor can escape
along the sides.
MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENGINEERED
1. Lacquered Engineered Wood Flooring
You may wish to use a protective treatment
just before starting using your Engineered
Make sure your room temperature is about
and relative humidity between 35-60%.
Place felt or alike under furniture legs.
4. Place a floor mat at every entrance.
5. Use dry cleaning methods such as wiping,
dry mopping or vacuuming. Avoid water.
6. Remove sand or dirt i mmediately as
it may scratch your Engineered Wood Flooring.
7. Remove dirt and stains with a gentle detergent and a damp (NOT
wet) sponge, mop or cloth.
8. Never use aggressive detergents or
products containing a mmonia or silicones.
Consult your local flooring shop for specialised maintenance products.
2. Oiled Engineered Wood Flooring
Please purchase quality soap and quality maintenance oil for oiled flooring (e.g. WOCA, Klumpp, Treffert, Bona, etc.) at your local flooring shop.
Please follow the soap manufacturer's advice. Among others:
1. The floor should be free from dirt
or residue before cleaning.
2. Dissolve soap into a warm (not hot)
water solution 1/40 or as reco mmended
by the soap manufacturer.
3. Always work with 2 buckets. One with
soap water and the other with clean water
to rinse the mop.
4. Wash the floor lengthways, using a
damp (not wet) floor mop.
5. Leave the soap solution briefly on
the surface of the wood floor in order
to dissolve heavy dirt.
6. Never use plain water.
Please follow the maintenance oil manufacturer's advice. Among others:
1. Apply the maintenance oil evenly on the Engineered Wood Flooring.
2. Polish until the Engineered Wood Flooring
appears silky matt.
3. Allow 24 hours for the maintenance
oil to completely settle.