FLOORING FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
Your Clever Click floor will bring you years of pleasure. However, it’s important to read these instructions carefully and follow them during fitting, as the guarantee will not apply if the floor is not fitted in accordance with these instructions.
The instructions below specially for our Clever Click waterproof flooring products. Read our specialist wall and celing panel fitting instructions.
• Broom and/or vacuum cleaner
• Tape measure
• Set square and ruler
• Utility knife
• Rubber mallet
• Tapping block
The installation of Clever Click is straight forward and follows the same guidelines that apply to all quality resilient tile floors. Good preparation is essential for a trouble-free installation. Clever Click can be laid on concrete, timber, stone and many other subfloors, which have been suitably prepared.
Site conditions must comply with the relevant national regulations. Clever Click is not suitable for external installation or unheated locations but it can be used with under-floor heating providing it is switched off for 24 hours before and after laying (the maximum permitted surface temperature is 28C/81°F).
Tiles and sub-floor must be allowed to stabilise to a consistent temperature between 18C and 27°C (64°F and 81°F) for a period of 24 hours before and after installation.
Tiles must be stored flat.
Following installation, Clever Click should be protected from heavy traffic for 24 hours and must not be washed for 24 hours. Always follow other manufacturers’ recommendations when using their proprietary materials for sub-floor preparation.
1) The floor should be fitted at a room temperature of minimum 18°C/62°F and maximum 27°C/80°F.
2)Before installation, check all panels in daylight for possible defects or discrepancies in colour or shine.
3) Check that the tongue and groove of the click profile is free from dirt and undamaged.
4) For best results mix at least two packs when fitting to avoid repetitions in the pattern. It is also preferable only to use material from the same batch in a single room.
5) The surface beneath the floor must be sufficiently prepared in advance to guarantee successful fitting of the floor covering. In particular,it must be clean, dry, smooth, firm, level, free from defects and not contaminated with grease, oil or chemicals.
Step-by-step fitting instructions
Clever Click is a “floating” floor. Never glue or fix the panels to the surface below. The flooring can be installed wall-to-wall, however in large areas (greater than 50m²) or where the floor may be exposed to unusually wide temperature ranges (such as where under floor heating is used, in a conservatory or areas adjacent to a south facing window), then it is advisable to use a 5mm space around the edge, as appropriate.
For surfaces larger than 50m², we advise that an expansion joint of 5mm is created around the perimeter of the room. In addition, should a single wall or run be longer than 10 linear metres, then a 5mm expansion joint should be allowed around the perimeter. If you are uncertain of the requirements, please contact your retailer who can confirm the exact requirements.
The Clever Click system panels can be joined in two different ways; either tongue-in-groove or groove-in-tongue. The simplest procedure, however, is groove-in-tongue. The advantage of the Clever Click system is that it allows you to choose your own starting position.
Moreover, you may work either from left to right or from right to left, whichever is best for you. Depending on the direction in which you work, you are advised to begin from either a corner or a door. It is advisable to begin with the groove side of the plank towards the wall and work from left to right.
1) Measure the room carefully to determine the central axis, from which the first row to be laid is outlined.
2) Check whether the first row of panels needs to be narrowed. If not, the lower groove lip of the first row of panels need to be removed. Use a utility knife to neatly cut off the lower groove lip.
3)Begin by laying the first row in the corner of the room on your left hand side as you are looking at the wall.Always work from left to right and with the tongue towards yourself. (Figure 1)
4) Lay the first row in a straight line and click the head ends together. Put the short side of the profile into head end of the previous panel and press the panel downwards. It is recommended to use a rubber mallet for connecting the head ends so that the joint fits securely. Continue laying the first row in the same way until you get to the last piece. (Figure 2)
5)For the last piece, measure the last plank to ensure a tight fit to the wall. Then cut away the marked piece and fit the end panel in the same way as the previous panels. When cutting the panel with a utility knife, make sure that you cut through the wear layer before breaking the panel. (Figure 3)
6) For an attractive and natural appearance, we advise you to use the piece left over from row 1 as the first piece in the next row, as long as the remaining piece is at least 1/3 of the total plank length. Do this for all subsequent rows.
7) Fit the second row as you did for the first: start on the left side and slide the groove of the panel under an angle of about 25°over the tongue of the previous row and click the groove into the tongue by laying down the panel while pushing it firmly against the first row. (Figure 4)
8) Then fit the second panel by sliding the groove under at an angle of 25°into the tongue of the previous row. Position the corner of the head end against the previous panel and then drop the short side of the profile into the head end of the previous panel and push downwards. Use a rubber mallet for connecting the head ends so that the joint fits securely. Repeat until you reach the end of the row.
9) To ensure a firm Click installation, it is recommended that the planks are tapped together along the long edge with a tapping block and a rubber mallet. This will ensure that the Click mechanism is firmly locked during installation, providing a secure joint and avoiding any movement after the installation has been completed. (Figure 5)
10) To fit the last row of panels you will usually need to narrow them. Do this as follows: lay a panel on top of the previous row with the groove towards the wall, lay another panel upside down up to the edge of the wall and mark the panel underneath. Cut the panel to size and fit the last row. (Figure 6)
11) Door posts and heating pipes also need to be individually fitted. First cut the panel to the right length. Then place the panel next to the object and draw the correct fitting. Next, cut the panel to size. Doorposts can also be sawn to size if necessary to lay the floor beneath them. For cutting around difficult areas such as door posts, heating pipes and other interior furniture; the use of a Jigsaw with the correct plastic cutting blades is suitable and will avoid unsightly cuts at the perimeter of the room.
Care and maintenance
You have just installed a Clever Click design floor. Your new floor has been produced in accordance with the highest standards and will give you years of pleasure in your home.
Although Clever Click design floors are one of the easiest floors to take care of, it is best to follow the recommendations provided here for optimal protection of the factory finish and to keep your floor looking fresh.