Karndean Looselay is a popular and innovative flooring option that allows for easy installation without the need for adhesives or glue. Made from high-quality vinyl, Karndean Looselay provides a durable and low-maintenance flooring solution for both residential and commercial spaces. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of installing Karndean Looselay in your home or business.
Step 1: Prepare the Subfloor
Before you begin installing Karndean Looselay, it’s important to ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry, and level. Remove any existing flooring and thoroughly sweep or vacuum the area to get rid of any dust or debris. If you have any uneven spots or cracks, fill them in with a suitable floor leveling compound and allow it to dry completely. A smooth and even subfloor will ensure a seamless installation and prevent any issues down the line.
Step 2: Acclimate the Flooring
Karndean Looselay should be acclimated to the room where it will be installed for a minimum of 24 hours prior to installation. Unbox the flooring and allow the planks to sit in the room at normal room temperature. This acclimation period is important as it allows the flooring to adapt to the humidity and temperature of the space, ensuring a stable and long-lasting installation.
Step 3: Measure and Plan
Take accurate measurements of the room and create a layout plan before you start installing Karndean Looselay. Begin by finding the center of the room using a tape measure and snap chalk lines parallel to the longest wall. This will help you create a straight starting line for your installation. Consider the direction of natural light and choose the most visually appealing way to lay the planks. It’s always a good idea to dry-fit a few planks before proceeding with the actual installation to ensure optimal fit and alignment.
Step 4: Install the Planks
Start by laying the first row of planks against the wall opposite the main entrance of the room. Remove the backing paper from the first plank and place it firmly against the starting line. Repeat this process for the remaining planks in the first row, ensuring a snug fit between each one. For subsequent rows, apply pressure downwards and slide the planks into place, connecting the patented locking mechanism. Use a rolling pin or a Karndean Looselay Fitting Tool to secure the planks and ensure proper adhesion. Trim the last row of planks as needed to fit against the wall, leaving a small expansion gap to accommodate any natural movement of the flooring.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Once all the planks are installed, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Attach any transition strips or molding where the Karndean Looselay meets other floor coverings or areas. Use a suitable Karndean adhesive to secure the transition pieces in place. Finally, thoroughly clean the installed floor using a Karndean routine cleaner or pH-neutral cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. This will ensure a beautiful and well-maintained Karndean Looselay floor for years to come.