Home Decorators Collection HL662H Horizontal Hand Scraped Sepia 3/8 in. T x 5 in. W x 38.58 in. L Click Lock Bamboo Flooring (26.79 sq. ft. / case) Installation Guide

Home Decorators Collection HL662H Horizontal Hand Scraped Sepia 3/8 in. T x 5 in. W x 38.58 in. L Click Lock Bamboo Flooring (26.79 sq. ft. / case) Installation Guide
Installation Instructions
Engineered Bamboo HDF Flooring
For Assistance, Call: 1-800-986-3460
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WARNING:
Grade Levels
Above Grade
On Grade
Below Grade
Products Description
Engineered Bamboo HDF
Click-Lock joints
Installation Methods
Floating
Model # HL662H
This product can expose you to formaldehyde gas which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
CAUTION: ASBESTOS IN EXISTING FLOOR: Home Decorators Collections product does not contain asbestos. Existing installed resilient flooring and asphaltic adhesive may contain asbestos fillers or crystalline silica. Do not
sand, dry sweep, dry scrape, drill, saw, bead-blast, or mechanically chip or pulverize existing resilient flooring, backing, lining felt, asphaltic “cutback” adhesive or other adhesive. See “Recommended Work Practices for Removal
of Resilient Floor Coverings” (rfci.com) for detailed information and instructions on removing all resilient covering structures.
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for
personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
Safety and Health Precautions
Power tools can be dangerous. Operate in strict accordance to manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety precautions. Unsafe and improper use can cause serious injuries. Avoid inhalation and exposures to wood dust by
mechanical means and by wearing personal protective equipment. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes NIOSH or OSHA approve dust masks, safety goggles and work gloves.
Warranty
This flooring product comes with a manufacturer Limited Wear Warranty. The warranty applies to the original purchaser of the flooring. It warrants the original purchaser that the finish surface will not wear through for the duration of
the stated warranty from the date of purchase. Contact our Customer Service Team at 800-986-3460 to request a written copy which provides detailed terms of coverage and limitations.
Pre-Installation
OWNER/INSTALLER RESPONSIBILITY
The owner is advised to be at home during the installation for consultation/direction. The owner and installer
should discuss installation and layout to maximize satisfaction. If this is not possible, consultation should be
done prior to installation. Installers should be familiar with installation guidelines from National Wood Flooring
Association (woodfloors.org). The owner/installer assumes all responsibility for product quality of completed
installation.
PERFORM PRE-INSTALL INSPECTION. FOR CLAIMS PURPOSES, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN UP TO 4 BOXES FOR
PRODUCT INSPECTION. DO NOT OPEN ALL THE BOXES. OPENING ALL THE BOXES CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE
OF THE PRODUCT. INSPECT ALL THE PLANKS IN THESE 4 BOXES CAREFULLY. EXAMINE FLOORING FOR COLOR,
FINISH AND QUALITY. IF YOU DISCOVER THAT PRODUCTS ARE DEFECTIVE, OR IF MATERIAL IS QUESTIONABLE, YOU
SHOULD CONTACT THE RETAILER. IF YOU ARE SATISFIED, PROCEED WITH INSTALLATION.
Prior to installation, rack up planks from several boxes to ensure uniform distribution of colors, shades and
characters in the installed flooring. Planks having similar widths should be placed together in the same row to
minimize gaps between boards.
Bamboo floors are natural products containing natural variations in color, tone, grain, streaks, nodal marks and
other characteristics. They are normal and it does not mean the product is defective.
Purchase flooring to be installed in one large area at the same time. Product purchased at a later time than the
first purchase may vary beyond your expectations.
Accessories, trims and moldings are manufactured to coordinate with the varied appearances of the floor planks.
Any exact matches are coincidental. Non-matching accessories are not defective products.
This product is manufactured according to strict quality standards. In the event that defects are discovered in
the field, the industry standards permit a defect tolerance not to exceed 5%. An additional 5% (10% for diagonal
installations) should be factored in for cutting wastage and grading allowances.
During installation, inspect the planks continuously. Defects that can be seen from a standing position should be
cut off or held out. Installing defective planks implies acceptance.
Squeaking and clicking noises are the result of interactions among flooring, joists and subfloors when they
move. Limiting the movements of the flooring system usually eliminates most of these noises. Sometimes, it is
impossible to eliminate them completely and minor squeaking or clicking noises are to be accepted as normal
flooring phenomenon.
Minor scratches can generally be repaired with the use of putty, stain or filler. It is an industry standard practice
of flooring installation and it should be accepted as normal by the home owner.
To assure the warranty is not inadvertently voided, before proceeding with any activity that is not covered in this
manual, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800-986-3460.
ACCLIMATION AND IN-SERVICE CONDITIONS
NOTE: To obtain accurate moisture content readings, one must use a moisture meter designed for use with
bamboo flooring.
Acclimation is the process of adjusting (conditioning) the moisture content of bamboo flooring to the environment
in which it is expected to perform. The bamboo flooring is fully acclimated when its moisture content and
dimensions (width and length) are stable. For example, the averaged dimensions and moisture content remain
constant for 3 consecutive days. Flooring must acclimate for as long as necessary to reach fully acclimated
stage. Acclimation time varies depending on geographical area, interior climate control and time of the year.
Minimum acclimation time is 72 hours. Open the box and plastic wrap.
Elevate cartons from the floor by placing them on 2x2 in. lumber or equivalent. Place spacers (3/4 in. to 1 in.
sticks) between each layer or cross stack the layers for maximum exposure to ambient conditions. Acclimation
temperature range is 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%-55%. Conditions in which the floor was
acclimated should be maintained continuously thereafter.
CONCRETE SUBFLOOR REQUIREMENTS
Concrete subfloors must:
□□ Have minimum rated strength of 3000 psi.
□□ Be level to within 1/8 in. in a 6 ft. span or 3/16 in. in a 10 ft. span; no bumps or low spots. High spots can
be removed by grinding; depressions can be filled with patching compound formulated for use in floor
installation.
□□ Be clean; no construction debris, soil, mud and any other objects on or adhering to the floor; if necessary,
scrape and sweep away before the installation; no protrusions of nails, debris, metals should remain.
□□ New concrete slab must cure for at least 60 days. It must have a minimum 10 mil polyethylene sheet
between the ground and the concrete.
□□ Be free from moisture related conditions which can damage the installed flooring.
CONCRETE MOISTURE
Test all concrete subfloors for moisture content and document the results. Visual checks are not reliable.
Perform tests at locations around exterior doorways, near walls containing plumbing, near foundation walls
and in the center of the room. Minimum sample size is 3 samples per 1000 sq. ft. of area and one test for every
additional 1000 sq. ft. thereafter.
Moisture content should meet one of the following criteria:
□□ 4.5% when tested using Tramex Concrete Moisture Encounter.
□□ Less than 3 pounds per 1000 sq. ft. per 24 hours when using Calcium Chloride test (ASTM F 1869).
□□ 75% when using Relative Humidity Testing (ASTM F-2170).
NOTE: Concrete moisture content may be acceptable the time of the test. These tests do not guarantee a
perpetual “dry” concrete slab. The concrete slab moisture content can vary at other times of the year. We are
not responsible for moisture-related damage to installed flooring.
LIGHT WEIGHT CONCRETE
Light weight concrete is concrete with a rated strength that is less than 3000 psi. Perform a quick check by
drawing a nail across the top; if it leaves an indentation, it is probably light concrete.
For glue-down applications, the concrete must possess shear strength greater than the glue. If concrete rated psi
is unknown, contact the adhesive manufacturer for guidance.
WOOD SUBFLOOR REQUIREMENTS
□□ The subfloor must be clean; no presence of construction debris, soil, mud and any other objects on or
adhering to the floor; no protrusions of nails, debris, or metals should remain. If necessary, scrape and
sweep the subfloor before the installation.
□□ The subfloor must be structurally sound and stable; no movements or squeaks; no loose panels or loose
nails; no signs of ply de-lamination or other damages. Repair all shortcomings before installation.
□□ The subfloor must be flat; no visible bumps or low spots; the subfloor should be flat to within 1/8 in. in 6
ft. span or 3/16 in. in 10 ft. Test for moisture using a reliable moisture meter. Perform tests at locations
around exterior doorways, near foundation walls, near walls containing plumbing lines and in the center of
the room. Measure 20 locations per 1000 sq. ft. Moisture content of the subfloor should be less than 12%.
Moisture content difference between the subfloor and flooring should be 2% or less.
PLYWOOD OR ORIENTED STRAND BOARD (OSB) SPECIFICATIONS
On truss/joist spacing of 16 in. (406 mm) O/C or less, the industry standard for single-panel subflooring is a
minimum 5/8 in. (19/32 in., 15.1 mm) CD Exposure 1 plywood subfloor panels (CD Exposure 1) or 23/32 in. OSB
Exposure 1 subfloor panels, 4 ft. x 8 ft. sheets. Expansion gap between panels should be 1/8 in. (3 mm). If panels
are not tongued and grooved and there is not sufficient spacing or is inadequate, cut in the required spacing with
a circular saw. Do not cut in expansion space on tongue and groove panels.
PARTICLE BOARD OR FIBER BOARD
Only for floating installation.
EXISTING FLOORS
Installation over existing floor requires the installer to consider potential issues related to moisture damage,
adhesive failure and fastener failure. Contact the adhesive and fastener manufacturers respectively for their
specific instructions, recommendations and requirements.
Acceptable floor coverings include: solid hardwood, linoleum, terrazzo, ceramic tile and other “moisture sealing
floors.”
Unacceptable floor coverings include: carpet, needle punch felt, edge glued linoleum and other “moisture
absorbing flooring.”
JOB SITE CONDITION
Prior to installation, the installer must ensure that at the time of installation, the job site conditions including
subfloor/substrate, ambient temperature and relative humidity, and all impacting variables will not negatively
affect the floor. The manufacturer will decline responsibility for damages associated with improper installation
or poor site conditions.
STORAGE AND CONDITIONS
Do not store flooring in uncontrolled environmental conditions. For example, garages and exterior patios are
not acceptable areas to store flooring. Handle and unload bamboo flooring with care and store within the
environmentally controlled site in which it is expected to perform. Flooring stored on a concrete slab should be
elevated at least 4 in. to allow air circulation under cartons.
EXISTING HOME
An existing home should have a consistent room temperature of 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%55%. Continual deviation from these conditions will affect the dimensions of flooring, especially bamboo. When
using a heater during winter months, humidity may be much lower than the acceptable range. A humidifier is
recommended to prevent excess shrinkage in bamboo flooring due to low humidity levels. During the warmer
months, maintain humidity levels using an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or by turning on your heating system
periodically.
NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REMODEL
All work involving water, such as pouring basement concrete floors, drywall and plasterwork, plumbing,
etc. must be completed well in advance of the floor delivery. Ensure that the building is enclosed. Where
building codes allow, permanent heating and/or air conditioning systems should be operating at least five
days preceding installation and should be maintained during and after installation. If it is not possible for
the permanent heating and/or air conditioning system to be operating before, during and after installation,
a temporary heating and/or dehumidification system that simulates normal living (occupied) conditions
can enable the installation to proceed until the permanent heating and/or air conditioning system is fully
operational. Your job site should have a consistent temperature of 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%55% which should be maintained continuously thereafter.
BASEMENTS AND CRAWL SPACES
Concrete slab or ground must be dry. The ground in the crawl spaces must be completely covered using 6 mil
black polyethylene. Crawl space clearance between the earth and underside of joists should be no less than
18 in. and the perimeter vent area should be equal to 1.5% of the total square footage of the crawl space or as
mandated by code.
RADIANT HEATED SUBFLOOR
This product can be installed over a radiant heated subfloor. Operating surface temperature must be less
than 84°F. Decrease temperature before installation. Increase temperature gradually after installation. Glue
down installation may require additional installation requirements. Contact the glue manufacturer for specific
recommendations. Contact the heater manufacturer for specific installation instructions.
MOISTURE BARRIER AND MOISTURE RETARDER
CONCRETE SUBFLOOR
For floating installation, use 6 mil polyethylene film or other means with equivalent permeability. Overlap the
edge seams and tape it together. Extend moisture barrier up to the wall about 1 in. high.
For direct glue installation, use a moisture barrier if moisture levels exceed the requirement (see Concrete
Moisture section).
WOOD SUBFLOOR
Use asphalt-saturated kraft paper or #15 or #30 felt that meets ASTM Standard D4869 or UU-B-790, Grade
D. Overlap along the edge seams 2 in.- 4 in. wide. This retards moisture movement from below. Extend the
moisture retarder to about 1 in. from the walls. Secure to the subfloor as necessary.
SOUND CONTROL UNDERLAYMENT
Check with the sound control manufacturer for application guidelines. Generally, the less compressive
underlayment is preferred.
EXPANSION GAP
A 1/2 in. expansion gap is required around the perimeter of the floor and between the floor and all vertical
obstructions. Do not place permanently mounted structures such as kitchen counters/cabinets on the installed
floor.
TRANSITION MOLDING
Floating installation, transition T-molding is required in the following cases: floor spanning greater than 35 ft. in
length or width; wall openings with or without a door.
NOTE: Floor areas interrupted by wall sections extending out of the wall; floor areas which are not
rectangular may experience buckling or gapping if there is excessive floor expansion or shrinkage.
ADHESIVE
Use premium flooring adhesive which is non-water based, formulated for engineered bamboo
flooring installation. The preferred type is moisture cure urethane floor glue.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS BASICS
Tape measure • Moisture meter (wood, concrete or both) • Chalk line & chalk • Hammer • Electric power saw •
Carbide tipped saw blade for fine cut • NIOSH-designated dust mask • Hand saw or jamb saw • Eye protection
• Straight edge or Spacers • Pry Bar • Mallet • Broom • Color matched wood putty • Tapping block • Pull bar
Additional Supplies for Glue-Down Method: Flooring adhesive • Trowels • Adhesive remover for selected
adhesive • Clean rags • Weight roller • Painters tape
BOND FAILURE
Bond failure is NOT a flooring product defect. Most installation failures, including bond failure, result from
jobsite moisture.
Do not unpack or deliver flooring to the jobsite until moisture problems are corrected. Read adhesive
manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Certain wood flooring adhesives may have special requirements and
limitations of use. Some existing floors may not be acceptable. Not following the adhesive manufacturer’s
recommendations can lead to installation failure or product damage and will void your warranty.
GLUE SPOTS ON FACE OF FINISHED FLOOR
Adhesive can damage the floor’s finish, especially when it has dried. It is extremely important to take
precautionary steps NOT to leave finger prints or footprint marks on the face of the board. If glue comes in
contact with the face of the board, remove immediately with the adhesive remover recommended by the
adhesive manufacturer. Use clean towels, changing frequently to prevent haze and adhesive residue. If the spot
removal damages the appearance of the boards, replace the board.
Helpful Pointers
GENERAL TIPS
□□ Make sure your work area is well lit. Good visibility ensures that color is consistent and that visually defective planks are detected and removed.
□□ The minimum length of the first and last plank is 12 in. If the last plank will be less than 12 in., adjust the length of the first plank. The remainder of the last plank can be used as a starter board on the following rows.
□□ Using a shorter piece at undercut door jams will help when fitting flooring in place.
GLUE-DOWN INSTALLATION TIPS
□□ ALWAYS REFER TO THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FLOORING ADHESIVE LABEL. The information given here is for typical installations. Adjust it according to adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
□□ Dry-lay means the glue has to set before placing floor planks in it. Wet-lay means the glue does not need to set before placing flooring on it.
□□ Use a trowel design specified by the adhesive manufacturer.
□□ Continuously check the transfer of adhesive THROUGHOUT the installation process. If the adhesive no longer transfers to the back of the flooring material, it must be removed and new adhesive applied.
□□ Work your way out of the room.
□□ After the installation is completed, keep the floor free from daily foot traffic for a minimum of 24 hours to allow adhesive to properly cure.
CUTTING THE LAST ROW TO WIDTH
□□ Most often the entire length of the last row will need to be cut so that it is narrow enough to fit the remaining space.
□□ Measure the distance between the floor face edge (exclude the tongue) to the wall. Subtract 1/2 in. from this measurement for expansion gap. Draw a line. Cut through the line. Discard the excess piece. Proceed with the
installation
Preparing for Installation
□□ Ensure subfloors are clean.
□□ Understand the locking part of the flooring plank. The tongue is the thinner extension coming out of the side
of the planks. The groove is the wider extension coming out of the other side of the floor plank. The ends
do not have tongue and groove. There is an upper drop-lock end on one side and a lower-drop lock end on
the other side.
□□ Remove the existing base, shoe molding or threshold carefully. They can be used to cover the 1/2 in.
expansion gap left around the edge of the room. Undercut doors and casings using a handsaw laid flat on a
piece of scrap flooring.
□□ Install the underlayment (if used) according to the underlayment manufacture instruction.
□□ Lay out several cartons. Randomly rack planks to ensure good color and shade mixture and end joint
spacing. Minimum end stagger is 6 in. Inspect plank quality and grading.
□□ Lay out trim moldings in advance and find planks whose shade closely matches. Set these aside for future
use.
Floating Installation
1 INSTALLING THE FIRST ROW
a. When possible, begin installation from the straightest wall.
If possible, install the floor perpendicular to the floor joists.
b. Cut off the tongue from the first row planks.
c. Allow a 1/2 in. expansion gap between the plank and the
walls. Use spacers or board.
d. Place the first plank with the groove sides facing away
from the walls.
e. Place the upper drop-lock end of the second plank on the
lower drop-lock end of the first plank. The ends do not click
lock. Maintain a straight edge along the rows.
f. Continue placing the succeeding planks to complete the
row until you come to the last plank.
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Installation Instructions
Engineered Bamboo HDF Flooring
For Assistance, Call: 1-800-986-3460
Homedepot.com/homedecorators
Grade Levels
Above Grade
On Grade
Below Grade
Products Description
Engineered Bamboo HDF
Click-Lock joints
Installation Methods
Floating
Full Spread Glue
Model # HL662H
Floating Installation (continued)
2 INSTALLING THE SECOND AND REMAINING ROWS
a. Cut off a section of the first plank lengthwise to ensure 6 in. joints staggering.
b. Hold the plank with the tongue facing the previous row. Keep it at about a 30° angle.
c. Insert the tongue into the groove.
d. Make sure the tongue is snuggly and securely engaged in the groove by exerting a
constant pressure in the direction of the groove.
e. Maintain the pressure while pressing the plank flat to lock the edge joints.
f. If there is a slight along the edge joints, fix it with the help of a tapping block and a
plastic mallet. Use caution to prevent impact damage.
3 INSTALLING THE LAST ROW
Use the pull bar to draw the last row to fit tightly to the previous row (3a).
Glue Down Installation
IMPORTANT: ANY EXCESS GLUE WHICH GETS ONTO THE SURFACE OF THE FLOOR MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY WITH ADHESIVE REMOVER.
The steps used in the glue down method are very similar to the floating installation method. The only difference is the application of the glue to the subfloor prior to installation. For more detailed instructions, see the floating
installation section.
1 SETTING UP
3INSTALLING THE FIRST TWO ROWS
a. Cut off the tongue from the long edge of the boards
for the first rows.
b. Ensure an expansion gap by marking off a starting
line 1/2 in. away from the starting wall. Use a
board or spacers if available during installation.
a. Install the first row of starter planks.
b. The last plank of the first row may have to be
cut to size. Discard remainder because the
tongue has been removed.
c. Install the second row. Make sure there is a
random staggering at the end joints of at least
6 in. apart.
d. Be attentive to staggering the ends of the
boards correctly in adjacent rows to avoid
clustering end joints.
e. Any glue that comes in contact with the face
of the board should be removed immediately
using adhesive remover formulated for the glue
being used. Follow adhesive manufacturer’s
instructions on adhesive removal.
2 SPREADING THE GLUE
a. Spread the glue from the starting line out in the
direction of the center of the room, the width of
two planks. Or spread only enough glue to install
what can be set within 45 minutes (15 minutes
of OPEN TIME and an additional 30 minutes for
actual installation. Usually about two rows width
coverage). Different manufacturers may require
different open and set times.
b. Repeat with the next two rows, etc.
4 INSTALLING THE REMAINING ROWS
a. Spread another section of glue. Never spread more that can be covered before the adhesive is set. If
adhesive is set and will not transfer to the back of the plank, scrape off the adhesive and apply fresh
adhesive.
b. Continue to install the next rows. Make sure there is a random staggering at the end joints of at least 6
in. apart.
c. Do not forget the 1/2 in. space for expansion between the floor and the walls.
d. Repeat the process for additional rows.
e. Make sure there is 100% contact between the wood floor and the adhesive.
Completing the Installation
□□ Clean the floor.
□□ Use matching putty where necessary.
□□ Install or reinstall all wall trim pieces. Nail them through the wall, but not to the subfloor to avoid restricting the expansion gap.
□□ Install transition trim pieces. Nail them to the subfloor, not the flooring.
□□ At doorways, transitions should be used to protect the edges of the floor and to provide a decorative transition from one floor type to another.
□□ If the floor is to be covered, use a breathable material such as cardboard. Do not cover with plastic.
Accessories
Pictures are for general illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ from picture.
T-MOULDING
FLOORING
Hard Surface Reducer: Used to transition to another hard surface
flooring of different heights such as tile, vinyl, or concrete.
HARD SURFACE
REDUCER
RESILIENT
FLOOR
FLOORING
Carpet Reducer (also called Baby Threshold or End Cap):
Used to transition floor coverings of differing heights. This reducer strip
is also commonly used to border a fireplace, sliding glass door and other
exterior door jambs.
STAIR NOSE
STAIR TREAD
FLOORING
RISER
Wall Base: Used to give a finished look at the base of the walls. It can
be used with or without Quarter Round.
WALL
FLOORING
Stair Nose: Used in conjunction with flooring installed on stair steps or
finished edges of a higher level floor like in a sunken living room.
WALL BASE
CARPET REDUCER
FLOORING
CARPET
Quarter Round: Used to cover the expansion space between the wall
base and your flooring. It can also be used to make smooth transitions
between the floor and cabinetry. It can be used with or without wall
base molding.
WALL
T-Molding: Used to create a transition between floor coverings of
similar heights or to cover an expansion gap.
FLOORING
QUARTER ROUND
FLOORING
Care and Maintenance
DAILY MAINTENANCE
□□ Sweep, dust, mop, or vacuum your floor regularly to remove any particles that could cause abrasion or scratch your floor.
CAUTION: Vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head can damage a floor and should never be used.
□□ Use a damp mop to remove spots and soil. Apply appropriate cleaning solution to the cleaning cloth / mop. Do NOT apply directly to the floor.
□□ For lightly soiled area, clean with distilled water.
□□ For moderately soiled areas, use a mild solution of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and distilled water. Dilute the mixture by mixing one part alcohol and 2 parts distilled water. For tougher spots, use a higher concentration of
isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. For extreme cases, a solution of nail polish remover (acetone) and distilled water can be used.
□□ HINT: For best results, clean the floor in the same direction of the planks. When the cleaning cloth/mop becomes soiled, rinse or replace it with a clean one. Following up with a clean, dry cloth will remove residual streak marks
and spots.
□□ Do NOT leave any amount of liquids (water, juice, soft drinks, spills, etc.) on the floor. Clean any wet spots immediately.
□□ Do NOT use a steam cleaner.
□□ Do NOT use a wet mop or douse the floor with water or liquid cleaners. Liquid can seep between the cracks and cause moisture damage.
□□ Do NOT use any cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish. Left over residue will form a dull film.
□□ Do NOT use steel wool or scouring powder which will scratch the floor.
BRANDED OR OFF-THE-SHELF FLOOR CARE PRODUCTS
If none of the above are effective and you choose to use a store bought product, test the product in a non-conspicuous area (i.e., closet, corner, or scrap pieces) for potential adverse side effects.
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
□□ Protect your floor when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances. Protective sheets and/or plywood may be needed. Never slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.
□□ Place protective pads beneath furniture legs and other heavy objects.
□□ Avoid excessive exposure to water from being tracked in during periods of inclement weather.
□□ Minimize abrasive material and dirt by placing mats on both sides of exterior doors and by using area rugs in high-traffic areas
□□ Rearrange furniture and rugs periodically to avoid uneven color and shade changes from light exposure.
□□ Use protective mats beneath rolling chairs and keep furniture casters clean.
□□ Keep pets’ nails trimmed.
□□ Remove shoes with cleats, spikes or exceptionally pointy heels before walking on the floor.
CLIMATE MAINTENANCE
□□ Care should be taken to control humidity levels within the 35% - 55% range. Flooring, especially hardwood and bamboo, dimensions will be affected by varying levels of humidity.
□□ Dry Climates: A humidifier is recommended to maintain humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions during the winter months this also will cause shrinkage in flooring.
□□ Humid, Wet Climates: By using an air conditioner, heater, or dehumidifier proper humidity levels can be maintained to prevent excessive expansion due to high moisture content.
FLOOR REPAIR
□□ Very light and small surface scratches can be repaired with a staining “touch up” pen of the appropriate color.
□□ Slightly deeper scratches can be repaired by means of colored putty and or stains. Fill the scratches with the putty. Level with putty knife. Wipe off excess putty.
□□ Very deep scratches may require the replacement of the planks.
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