Control Vinyl Tile
Installation and Maintenance Instructions
INSTALLATION OF TILE
ESDcarpet.com Vinyl Tile Systems are available in 35" x
36" sections, square edge or pre-grooved, for seamless installations.
For proper trowel size, selects see Trowel Selection and Tile Size/Subfloor
sections. The 36"' x 36" sections a installed in essentially
the same manner as described under CONVENTIONAL INSTALLATION using ESDcarpet.com
approved adhesive and specified trowel Special procedures are required
SQUARE EDGE SECTIONS
- Remove tile from carton, and
store flat in stacks (not to exceed 6" in
height) at a temperature of at least 70° E
for 48 hours prior to installation. This allows
tile to adjust to room temperature. Tile will
then lay flat and conform to the contour of the
subfloor when installed.
- Lay out field so that the last
section ends at least 6” from the wall
to allow space for use of router and hot air
welding tool around the room perimeter.
- Install the field, making
sure to install copper grounding strip at the
designated ground connections (See GROUNDING).
Make sure that the tile is roiled and cross rolled
with a 150 Ib. sectional roller. Allow the adhesive
to set up overnight.
- Dry cut all cove pieces to
fit as described under FLASH COVING, and install
them. Roil thoroughly with a hand roller.
- Using a scrap piece of tile,
set the router so that the blade cuts a groove
to a depth of approximately one halt of the thickness
of the tile. Rout all field seams in one direction
only, being careful to keep the groove centered
on the seam as closely as possible. Use chamfering
plane to rout cove pieces where the router cannot
- Preheat the hot air welding
tool. Using the 4mm welding nozzle, weld the
bead into the groove. Trial weld a few scrap
pieces before starting on the floor so that adjustments
in the heat setting may be made if desired. Beginners
may find it easier to work with a tower heat.
However, with experience, welding will be faster
with a higher heat. A lower heat is recommended
for correcting mistakes or welding in awkward
places. A good weld is achieved when a small
amount of melted bead overflows along the edges
of the groove.
- After the weld has cooled,
shave off the excess bead with a spatula. If
the bead is shaved before it has cooled, it will
shrink below the surface of the flooring. Keep
the spatula sharp by periodic honing with: a
- After welding and trimming
all seams in one direction, repeat the routing,
welding, and trimming procedures on all seams
running in the other direction.
- While seamless installations
are usually flash coved, top set cove base or
other treatment may be used at the floor-wail
junction. In these instances, use a chamfering
plane to finish the groove close to the wall
where the router cannot be operated.
When installing pre-grooved
sections, follow the same general installation instructions
as for square edge sections. Exceptions to these
general instructions are as follows:
- Take extra, care to minimize
adhesive seepage at the seams. Any adhesive allowed
to remain in the grooves could prevent the vinyl
bead and flooring from fusing together properly.
- After the adhesive has set
up overnight, use the chamfering plane to remove
all excess adhesive that may have seeped into
- Weld and trim all seams in
one direction only.
- Use the chamfering plane to
open each cross seam.
- Weld and trim ail remaining
Coving of tile up the wail
eliminates accumulations of dirt arid bacteria at
the floor-wall junction. This procedure can be used
with either CONVENTIONAL or SEAMLESS INSTALIATIONS.
The following steps are recommended:
- Install metal inside and outside
corners. Then install a suitable cap strip (either
metal or plastic) around the entire room. Exercise
care so that the tops of the cap strip and metal
corners are at the same level. Use either flat
headed nails or contact bond adhesive to fasten
comers and cap strips.
- Place a cove strip at floor-wall
junction to support tile at the bend. Radius
of cove strip should be at least 3/4" and
must have same radius as the metal corners.
- When installing ESDcarpet.com
tile, lay out field so that it ends approximately
6" from the wall. When 36" x 36" sections
are used, field can be laid out so that the last
section finds at any convenient distance in excess
of 6"' from the wall. The distance from
the edge of the field to the cap strip must be
less than the width of the cove
pieces since variations in floor and wall levels always necessitate
cutting the cove pieces so that a tight fit can be achieved.
- Install field in accordance
with procedures listed under either CONVENTIONAL
or SEAMLESS INSTALLATION, and allow adhesive
to set up overnight before installing cove pieces.
- Dry cut cove pieces to fit.
Remove pieces and apply adhesive to the exposed
floor and wall. Install the pieces and roll thoroughly
with a hand roller. Do as largo an area as practical
to avoid repeated mixing of adhesive batches.
Several acceptable methods
are used to ground ESD control floors, depending
on job conditions and/or personal preference. Two
recommended procedures are described below:
- Prior to instillation of the
static control flooring, the electrical contractor
drops a wire (usually a #10 or #12 stranded)
inside the wall from any convenient ground bus
so that the wire emerges at the floor wall junction.
A small hole is either cut into the drywall at
this point or chipped out of the concrete floor.
The copper grounding strip provided by ESDcarpet.com
is intertwined with the stranded copper wire.
The connection of grounding strip and copper
wire is pushed into the hole and conductive adhesive
liberally applied so that the connection is completely
buried in the adhesive and the hole is filled
to the level of the floor or wad surface. The
balance of the grounding strip is then laid flat
in conductive adhesive on the floor and covered
with additional adhesive. Tile is then installed
over the grounding strip.
- If there are exposed steel
columns supporting the building, the ground connection
may be made directly to the columns. The copper
grounding strip is laid flat in the conductive
adhesive on the floor allowing several inches
to protrude at the junction next to the column.
The grounding strip on the floor is covered with
additional adhesive and ESDcarpet.com tile instated
over it. A hole is drilled into the steel column
an inch or two up from the floor. Tap the hole
and secure the grounding strip using a simple
machine screw and washer. Make sure all paint
and foreign substances have been removed from
the column to assure metal contact. Cover the
connection with an electrical box.
- ESDcarpet.com provides sufficient
copper strip to allow one ground connection for
every 1,000 square feet of installed tile. Copper
strip grids under tile are unnecessary since
the conductive adhesive acts as .a conductive
plane beneath the tile.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
NOTE: ESDcarpet.com DOES NOT RECOMMEND
THE USE OF ANY REGULAR APPLICATION OF WAX OR SYNTHETIC FLOOR FINISH ONESDcarpet.com
VINYL TILE SYSTEMS- THE USE OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL WILL BUILD AN INSULATING
FILM ON THE FLOOR. ANDREDUCE ITS EFFECTIVENESS. OTHER CONDUCTIVE, STATIC
DISSIPATIVE AND ANTISTATIC FLOOR FINISHES MAY RAISE THERESISTANCE OF ESDcarpet.com
TILE SYSTEMS. THEREFORE, THE USE OF THESE PRODUCTS MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT
THEPERFORMANCE OF ESDcarpet.com VINYL TILE SYSTEMS.
Do not wash floor (or at least 48 hours after installation to enable the
adhesive to set thoroughly.After the adhesive has set, sweep and/or dust
mop to remove anyloose dirt. Next, machine scrub entire floor. If the floor
has beenheavily soiled from construction, or if adhesive stains are on
the tilesurface, use ESDcarpet.com ZeroStat Nose for initial scrubbing.
If thefloor is not heavily soiled, the initial machine scrubbing can be
donewith ESDcarpet.com ZeroStat Clean. If stripping solution has been used,final
rinse water should include 2 ounces of ZeroStat Clean to
neutralize the floor.
flooring will become slippery when wet. Care must be taken when walking
upon the wet floor. Appropriate "Warning" or "Caution" placards
should be used if any traffic is possible white thefloor is wet.
TYPICAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
1. Sweep and/or dust mop the entire floor.
2. Wet or damp mop soiled areas.
3. Spray buff scuffed and heel marked areas.
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