Installation

Laminate flooring today has a click-together joint, which simplifies installation. 

 AC Ratings  Tools Videos  Care and Maintenance
 

Instructions 

Moldings

Accessories

 

Abrasion Class (AC) Ratings are denoted in five levels, labeled AC1 - AC5

These first two are not produced by Mohawk Flooring:

      • AC1 is for home use with minimal traffic, like bedrooms or closets.
      • AC2 is suitable for moderate-traffic home use like living rooms and dining rooms.
      • AC3 is ideal for higher traffic and heavy-use residential areas like kitchens or laundry rooms, and can be used in limited light commercial applications
      • AC4 is designed for light commercial use like small retail shops
      • AC5 is the heaviest rating, used in larger commercial settings with high traffic

 

What tools do I need?

Limited tools are needed to cut and finish the install:

      • Level or string to validate the flatness of your subfloor
      • Moisture test kit for concrete subfloor
      • Power saw recommended with carbide tips (laminate surface is very hard)
      • Jigsaw may be needed for difficult cuts
      • Speed square for marking cut lines
      • Tape measure
      • Install kit is recommended for tapping block and spacers
      • Caulk gun to apply sealant in expansion gaps near water sources

For moldings these additional items are required:

      • Power or manual Philips head screw driver for transition installation
      • Hammer or nailer for quarter round / wall base installation

 

 

We provide easy to follow instructions.

      • How to Install Laminate on the Floor
      • How to Install Laminate on the Wall
      • Installation Videos
      • Each carton includes basic install instructions
      • Prepare room in advance by removing carpet (tack strips and nails too), vinyl if torn or worn through, tiles if damaged or uneven
      • ALWAYS ACCLIMATE YOUR FLOOR IN PACKAGE IN THE INSTALL AREA FOR MINIMUM OF 48 HOURS
      • The average room of 250-300 sf should take less than 1 day to install
      • A more complex install of halls, multiple doorways & angles will add time

 

Now you have selected your floor, what more is required?

 

How do I keep my floor looking new?

Laminate floor today is easy to care for and we recommend the following:

      • Use walk on/walk off mats at all outside doors to catch grit and dirt
      • Use a good quality microfiber dust mop or vacuum with a hard surface attachment
      • Check the head is free of metal burrs, screws or trim that could scratch the floor
      • We do not recommend a beater bar attachment be used
Small cleanups can be resolved using a homemade mix
      • In a 32 oz. spray bottle mix either ¼ cup of vinegar OR 2 tsp of non-sudsy ammonia
      • Fill bottle with distilled water
      • Spritz the area and clear with a clean towel or microfiber mop
Mopping the floor using the same homemade solution
      • A gallon of hot water with 1 cup of vinegar or 1/3 cup of non-sudsy ammonia
      • Wring out the mop so it just dampens, then clean the floor
      • Rinse the mop regularly to remove any grit which could scratch the floor
Should a spills occur, don’t panic!
      • Clean spills up as quick as possible and no lasting damage should occur
      • All spills should be cleaned within 30 minutes to prevent damage below the floor
 
When and how do I use moldings?
 
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4-in-1 Transition Molding Kit
 
The 4-in-1 Transition Molding kit offers convenience and versatility in 1 package.  The molding converts to fit 4 different types of transitioning floors and one molding kit fits up to two standard size doorways.
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Quarter Round, Stair Nose and Wallbase
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