What is Luxury Vinyl flooring?
Luxury vinyl products look like hardwood floors, however they offer better stability, and they are waterproof. Unlike traditional wood floors, LVP/LVT could be installed practically anywhere in your home. There are 2 installations methods possible depending on the type of product. Luxury vinyl could either be glued for dry back products or floated for those with a “click” system.
Where can I install my Luxury Vinyl flooring?
Luxury Vinyl Planks could be installed, below, on or above grade.
Which cleaning products are safe to use on my Luxury Vinyl floor?
A mild neutral detergent (or ammonia and clean warm water) can be used on LVP flooring.
Does LVP flooring need to be acclimated?
For an easier installation, Beaulieu recommends the LVP flooring to be acclimated. To do so, store the unopened boxes in the room where the floor is to be installed for at least 48 hours prior to installation. Heating/air conditioning must be on and set between 65 - 85 °F (18.3 - 29.5 °C).
What are the benefits of Beaulieu LVP/LVT flooring?
• The look and feel of nature’s best at a lower cost
• Meets safety code requirements
• Anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial surface layer
• Easy to maintain
• Water resistant
• Enhanced durability
• Good quality warranties
• Warm underfoot
• Full array of designs
How do I care and maintain my luxury vinyl flooring?
Beaulieu products, like any floor covering material, need to be properly maintained to stay beautiful. The following are a few guidelines:
Initial Maintenance (Within 24 Hours of Installation)
Dry back products:
• Ensure to set room temperature and allow proper drying time according to the adhesive manufacturer's instructions before walking or placing furniture and appliances on your new floor.
• Ventilate the area for 48 to 72 hours.
• Be careful when placing furniture and appliances over your new floor. For heavy items, it is recommended to use furniture sliders.
• Check the condition of all the casters or rollers on your furniture before setting them on your floor. Replace any worn ones.
• Protect your vinyl floor by covering furniture legs with felt protectors.
Routine maintenance (recommended weekly minimum)
• Regularly sweep your floor with a soft bristle broom to remove dirt and grit to prevent scratches.
• Mop the floor with a microfiber mop, or equivalent, using a mild neutral detergent (or ammonia and clean warm water) to remove dirt and grime.
• Rinse with clean water.
• Wipe up spills with a clean white cloth dampened with warm water.
• Never use abrasive or acid based cleaners, soaps, paste waxes, solvents or “mop and shine” products, as they can leave a film that will discolour the floor or make it appear dull.
• When vacuuming, do not use a vacuum with a rotary beater bar as it may damage the surface of the material.
• Do not use wax or polish. Do not buff.
• Beaulieu floors, like other type of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet. Allow time for the floor to dry after washing, wipe up any wet areas from spills of foreign substances and wet feet.
Can I put a rug or a mat on my vinyl floor?
Yes, but be sure to use a proper floor mat that will not stain.
Can damaged planks be repaired?
If the damaged flooring is along the perimeter of the room, it is best to disconnect the flooring until the damaged item is removed. Replace the flooring and reassemble.
If the damage is located where it is impractical to disconnect and reassemble the flooring, then the following technique should be used:
1、Using a straight edge and a sharp utility knife, cut out and remove the center of the damaged item, leaving approximately a 1" (25 mm) strip attached to the surrounding items on all sides.
2、Carefully cut back from the corners of the plank or tile to the inside edge.
3、Remove the edges by wiggling the cut piece out from the tongue and groove of the surrounding pieces.
4、Prepare the replacement flooring by placing it face down then folding back and removing the groove strip on both the long and end profile. Using the decorative surface of the tongue end as a guide, cut away this overhanging profile using a sharp utility knife.
5、Position the replacement flooring by engaging the tongue of the long side into the groove of the adjoining piece. "Hinge" the prepared replacement into position.
6、Use a hand roller to assist in aligning the edges into position.
7、 Apply a thin application of RO650 seam sealer into all four seams of the replacement. Allow the sealer to penetrate and then wipe any excess from the surface.
8、Weigh down the replaced flooring for at least 15 minutes until the sealer secures the flooring.
Dry back product:
Extra tiles and planks should be wrapped in their packaging and stored in an interior, climate-controlled location in the event that a repair might be required. To remove a tile or plank, gently heat it with a hot air blower to allow the material to become more flexible. Insert a thin 2” wide putty knife in the seam and gently lift up. Be careful not to damage the surrounding flooring. Remove the damaged tile or plank from the floor. Pay attention to the orientation of the damaged piece so that the new one can be installed in the same direction. Inspect the subfloor for lumps of residual adhesive, remove and smooth out as necessary. Follow the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions for trowel size and open time, but you must consider the thickness of the residual adhesive layer when determining the appropriate application to the replacement piece. Too much adhesive will cause the replacement flooring to be higher than the surrounding tile or plank. Roll evenly with a hand roller and, if necessary, weight the tile or plank for several hours until the adhesive sets.
Is a fibreglass GRID the same as a fibreglass SCRIM?
A fibreglass scrim is not the same as a fibreglass grid (or mesh). A scrim is a thin layer that is applied to the bottom or top of the product. A fibreglass grid or mesh is inserted into the core of a product and it promotes the dimensional stability of the product. It is critical that a floating LVP/LVT product has a fibreglass grid/mesh within; otherwise you would see irregular and excessive expansion and contraction of the product reacting on a seasonal basis.
Fibreglass scrim will only stabilize the surface of the product (top or bot0tom) which equates to 25% of the product. A grid or mesh will stabilize 100% of the product because it is placed within the core of the product. It is not hard to determine which method is better!
All Beaulieu floating LVP/LVT are made using a fibreglass grid/mesh.