Everything you need to know about Moduleo flooring.
We pride ourselves on the very best in flooring performance but to ensure that your Moduleo® luxury floor meets those expectations, it needs to be installed to the very highest standards. Our advice is that you do not attempt to install your floor yourself; your local stockist will offer a fitting service, or recommend one. Using a professional ensures a quality finish and validates our guarantee. There are a few considerations while planning your floor, but once installed, a simple maintenance routine will keep it looking at its best for years.
We provide a minimum of 10 years warranty on all our Moduleo®floorings, for as long as the conditions of use fall under the classification according to the EN685 standard. On our Impress range the warranty has been extended to 10 years Commercial and 20 years Residential.
The Warranty is conditional on the following:
- That the Moduleo® floor has been professionally installed by a qualified installer. Qualified installer status is obtained when an installer has achieved
- National Vocational Qualification in Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring installation at Level 2 or above.
- That the Moduleo® floor has been installed in accordance with the directions contained within the Moduleo® Installation Instructions, BS8203 (the standard for installation of resilient flooring) and using Moduleo® approved adhesives.
- That the floor is used domestically and has been regularly maintained, using approved products and following the current guidelines.
- That precautions have been taken to prevent indentation from heavy point loading (e.g.furniture) and excess surface scratching.
For in-depth technical specifications on Moduleo® vinyl flooring, you can now download a PDF for our Select range, which include variations incorporating Click Technology.
Download Technical Specs for Impress Stick Down Range
In addition to the results of our rigorous testing, the specifications also include data on:
- Level of use
- Slip resistance
- Wear layer
- Size and packing
No need for adhesive
CLICK doesn’t require any adhesive and can be fitted quickly and easily. Manufactured with patented push down technology, each piece of flooring simply locks directly into place. CLICK provides the same stunning finish as with our traditional dryback products, but without the need for adhesive or a timely installation process.
The installation of Moduleo® is straight forward and follows the same guidelines that apply to all quality resilient tile floors.
We recommend that you always use materials from a single batch for each installation as we cannot guarantee a match between batches.
Good preparation is essential for a trouble-free installation. Moduleo® can be laid on to concrete, timber, stone and many other subfloors, which have been suitably prepared. The use of an underlay will make the installation of Moduleo® Click easier and provide additional comfort and sound insulation.
Only Xtrafloor underlay is recommended for installation with Moduleo® Click flooring, designed to be a perfect partner for Click. The underlay smooths out irregularities within the sub floor, such as grout joints on ceramic tiles, as well as improving the sound absorption of the floor covering.
Site conditions must comply with the relevant national regulations. Moduleo® is not suitable for external installation or unheated locations such as conservatories. It can be used with under-floor heating, providing it is switched off for 48 hours before and after laying (the maximum permitted surface temperature is 27°C/80°F).
Tiles and sub-floor must be allowed to stabilise to a consistent temperature between 18°C and 27°C (64°F and 80°F) for a period of 48 hours before installing. Once the floor has been installed and allowed to acclimatise for 24 hours, the underfloor heating must be gradually increased by increments of 5°C until it reaches the maximum operating temperature of 27°C over a period of at least 24 hours. For suitability of the system please refer to the manufacturers instructions. All electric wire systems should be covered by an appropriate screed to ensure there is no direct contact between the underfloor heating and the tiles.
Moduleo® Click can also be installed over floor cooling systems; however, the supply temperature of the cooling water must not be reduced below the dew point temperature. Temperatures below this will produce condensation and can therefore damage the floor covering. Thermostats in the room must never be set at a temperature which is more than 5°C lower than the room temperature.
It is important to maintain a consistent temperature during the life of the product; dramatic changes in temperature can affect the product and should be avoided in order to maintain the serviceability of the product. This is particularly relevant where the temperatures drop below 13°C; when bringing the room back to normal temperature you must increase the temperature in no more than 5°C increments over a period of at least 24 hours to ensure the tiles remain serviceable.
Cartons should be stored and transported on a flat surface in neat stacks, always store the cartons flat and never put them upright.
The floor should be fitted at a room temperature of minimum 18°C/62°F and maximum 27°C/80°F.
The materials should be acclimatised for a period of 48 hours prior to installation.
Before installation, check all panels in daylight for possible defects or discrepancies in batch, colour or shine.
Check that the tongue and groove of the click profile is free from dirt and undamaged.
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.
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. Unevenness of the subfloor in excess of 3mm over a 3m length must be levelled with an appropriate levelling compound.
If you are uncertain of the requirements, please contact your retailer who can confirm the exact requirements. The finished appearance of a Moduleo® Click floor will only be as good as the quality of the sub floor over which it is installed. Any irregularities in the sub floor may show through the finished floor.
- Click is available for a particular design whenever you see this Click symbol. Click is a “floating” floor. Never glue or fix the panels to the surface below. Click system panels can be joined in two ways; either tongue-in-groove or groove-in-tongue.
- Measure the room carefully to determine the central axis. 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.
- 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. Continue laying the first row until you get to the last piece.
- 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 Stanley knife, make sure that you cut through the wear layer before breaking the panel.
- 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 tongue into the groove by laying down the panel while pushing it firmly against the first row.
- 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.
- 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.
How can I best maintain my Moduleo® floor?
Each Moduleo® floor is designed to last, but to ensure that it stays at its luxurious best for years to come, just follow a few simple regular routines. Cleaning is easy, with just an ordinary broom, microfibre cloth, vacuum cleaner or damp mop with approved detergents.
It’s advisable not to use aggressive cleaning agents on your floor, to use steam cleaners or to let puddles of water to remain after cleaning. The Protectonite PU finish of the wear layer eliminates the need for any special treatment after installation, but over time, an extra treatment with polymeric dispersion or a PU gloss polish may help if visible contaminations begin to develop.
Moduleo® recommends Xtrafloor maintenance products
Our range of cleaning products have been specially formulated for use with Moduleo® products and most vinyl, rubber and linoleum floors. For more information visit www.xtrafloor.com
We have put together a Floor Maintenance Guide which provides you with everything you need to know in order to take good care of your Moduleo® floor including sweeping, mopping, spray cleaning and scrubber drying. You can download the Floor Maintenance guide below for free.
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Flooring Maintenance Guide
Is my Moduleo® floor scratch-proof?
The hardwearing top coating of all Moduleo® flooring is scratch resistant to European directives, but not scratch proof. Sharp objects can scratch the floor, so certain precautions should be taken.
The effective use of a doormat reduces the instances of sharp objects such as dust, sand and stones on the soles of your shoes. Furniture legs (chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.) should have suitable protection at their base, while office chairs should have soft wheels. The wheels and the vacuuming opening of you vacuum cleaner should not be damaged or too hard, and the wheels should rotate freely.
Can I clean my Moduleo® floor with a steam cleaner?
The Protectonite PU protective layer of a Moduleo® floor makes it extremely easy to maintain. Cleaning with a steam cleaner is not necessary and we strongly urge you not to use it. Hot blown steam can cause distortion in the boards, and there is a higher risk of floor damage. The steam can also enter through the joints and dissolve the adhesive bonding, leading to the risk of boards becoming unstuck.
Information on installing your Moduleo vinyl floor
The installation of Moduleo® 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. Moduleo® 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. Moduleo® 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 28°C/81°F). Tiles and sub-floor must be allowed to stabilise to a consistent temperature between 18°C and 27°C (64°F and 81°F) for a period of 24 hours before and after installation. Tiles must be stored flat.
Knowledge of the type of flooring that is underneath your current floor covering will also help.
Once you’ve purchased your Moduleo®; vinyl flooring, it will need to acclimatise at room temperature for 24 hours. Your stockist/fitter will advise you, but the product will need removing from its packaging and spreading out to acclimatise. After installation, it is important for the floor to be cleaned and free of dust. Your fitter will advise when it is safe to do so.
Preparation before Moduleo® vinyl flooring installation
The type of surface below your flooring, its quality and any pre-treatment required will have a significant influence on the final result of laying your floor. If at first sight, the floor does not seem to be suitable for being covered with design flooring, it must certainly be treated, commonly by reapplying concrete, in order to make it suitable. If necessary, an extra levelling surface will have to be applied on top of the existing floor.
The underlying surface needs to be clean and flat, dust-free, permanently dry and free from contaminating products (especially avoiding wood protection products). As a general principle, all types of finished floor need to be planed and levelled beforehand. Your floor is only ready for gluing after this special pre-treatment.
Concrete drying times
The concrete floor must be dried out for a sufficiently long period. You have to allow for one week of drying for each inch of concrete, up to a thickness of 4 cm. Double this for anything more than 4 cm. For example the minimum drying time for a thickness of 6 cm will be (4×1) + (2×2) = 8 weeks. For concrete of more than 6 cm, please assume 4 weeks drying time for each additional inch.
Installation of Moduleo® vinyl flooring
Wood floors: ensure that your floors are free of protruding nails. Screw down loose boards. Boards and joints should be levelled with levelling media. Spray on open joints.
Concrete floors: level the surface to the extent possible, if necessary, carry out levelling and frequent vacuuming or sweeping to remove dirt and dust.
Tile floor: use a leveller agent to bring the joints to the same height as the tiles. It is advised to place an extra leveller layer, let it dry, polish it and carfeully clear it of all the dust.
Soft floor: the old carpet tiles or soft flooring such as vinyl flooring, carpet, linoleum or cork must be removed, along with the adhesive residue on the underlying surface.
Floating floor: if you have an MDF base floor or other floating substrate, it should be laid at least 24 hours in advance before you start installing/bonding-on the Moduleo® floor. Do not apply primer to the treated panels. Apply primer to the untreated MDF so that the MDF does not absorb the adhesive. Pre-treatment equalisation is not required.