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Check List for Konecto Installations

Is the room clean and free of dust and debris?
The use of a Shop Vac with an exhaust hose out side the room to be installed is best for cleaning. Be
sure to keep dust, dirt or foreign particles away from the Konecto Strip. The cleaner the Konecto Strip
remains, the better the bond between planks. A protective sheet of paper has been placed between each
plank insuring the Konecto Strip remains clean and ready to use.

What is the temperature of room?
Flooring and subfloor room temperature should be between 65° and 85 ° Fahrenheit. Maintain
proper temperature for 48 hours before and after installation. The building’s heating and airconditioning
system should be turned on at least one week before installation. Failure to follow
these guidelines may result in an installation failure (i.e. flooring may expand or contract resulting in
gapping). Konecto is an interior product only, and must be installed in a temperature controlled
environment, maintained between 65 and 85 degrees F. Please keep in mind a concrete floor can
be up to ten degrees colder than the actual room temperature.

If concrete slab, is there evidence of excessive Moisture?
As we state in all our sales literature, Konecto is Water Resistant and will withstand standing
water. However this does not mean that Konecto is designed to be exposed to water, or be
underwater, for extended periods of time. Moisture intrusion is a totally different situation that
can arise with new or old concrete that exhibits very high levels of hydrostatic pressure in
combination with very high levels of alkalinity. This combination provides a substance that is
highly corrosive. No floor covering, including Konecto, can withstand the long-term corrosive
nature of this chemical. If testing determines that levels of Hydrostatic pressure exceeds 8
pounds using the Calcium chloride test and/or a P.H. test indicates alkalinity levels in excess of 9,
steps must be taken to separate Konecto from the source of the corrosive effect of this chemical.
Under these circumstances the concrete needs to be treated with a floor sealer that seals the
concrete to maintain moisture under 8lbs; this is necessary to avoid the corrosive effects.

Is the Subfloor suitable for installation?
While Konecto is suitable for situations where many other types of flooring should not be used,
certain precautions should be observed for even this very forgiving flooring product.
All subfloors must be sound, solid and have little flexibility! Any large cracks or voids or seams must be
filled with a cementitous patching compound. If concrete subfloor it should be level within 3/16” in 10
FT.

Has the material been acclimated?
Condition Konecto Prior to installation: Konecto must be stored at room temperature of at least 65
degrees Fahrenheit. For 24 to 48 hours before installation. Don’t remove planks from carton but
for best results when possible cut the top of the carton and remove Top, leave the Tile or plank in
place with the protective wax sheet in place in the box.

Has the material been rolled?
When each plank is installed a hand roller with direct pressure to the seams must be used! After
completion a 100 lbs roller should be used across all seams. Before starting installation two planks
should be put together then rolled and pulled apart. A bond should be observed throughout the whole
strip. Adhesive legs and/or transfer from one side to the other should be seen. This will confirm the
material is acclimated and the temperature of material is correct for installation.
Not rolling will void Warranty!

If these questions and answers are followed you will have a successful installation! Also our full
installation manual should be read.


What makes Konecto so unique & revolutionary?

No messy adhesives or glue is necessary. Because of Konecto’s flexibility the planks can be installed over
existing floors such as natural wood, concrete, vinyl, linoleum, and even ceramic.
Konecto looks and feels like wood yet it is water resistant so it can be installed in moisture prone
areas that traditionally have been “off limits” for traditional wood flooring and laminate products, like
basements and bathrooms. Must refer to” Subfloor Preparation” on the following page for specific
instructions.

Each Konecto plank secures to each other not your sub-floor, using the revolutionary Konecto Strip. It’s
free floating. To cut a plank, simply score and snap.

No underlayment is necessary and Konecto is quiet and warm under foot.

It comes in different grades and color choices to fit your budget and ascetic needs.

Konecto is guaranteed not to delaminate.

Konecto Plank Installation Instructions:

1. Tools needed: Utility knife & straight edge, Hand Roller, 100lb roller.

2. Material Needed: Measure the length & width of your room. If the room has alcoves or offsets,
measure these separately. This will give you the square footage of the room. Have a minimum of 10% extra
to cover mistakes, trimming and for future needs and or replacement.
An example: Konecto Country and Sierra comes in 36” x 6” planks or 1.5 Square feet per plank.
15 planks per case = 22.5 square feet per case.

So, if your room is 10’ x 10’ or 100 sq.ft., we would recommend you have
6 cases (135 sq.ft)

Most installations require about 10% overage. However this can vary depending upon the room size and
layout.

Condition Konecto Prior to installation: Konecto must be stored at room temperature of at least 65 degrees
Fahrenheit. For 24 to 48 hours before installation. Do not open the packages but spread them out. Stack no
more than 3 high with at least 4” of airflow around not next to and heat or cooling ducts and direct sunlight.

When each plank is joined, utilize a hand roller directly on the joined seam to create the proper bond between strip
A and strip B. This is a mandatory part of the installation procedure! After completion roll the entire floor in both
directions with a 100 lbs roller

Before starting an installation two planks should be joined and then rolled and pulled apart. A bond should be
observed throughout the whole strip. Adhesive legs and/or transfer from one side to the other should be seen. This
will confirm the material is acclimated and the temperature of material is correct for installation.
Not rolling will void Warranty!

When installing Konecto be sure to keep dust, dirt or foreign particles away from the KonectoStrip. The
cleaner the KonectoStrip remains, the better the bond between planks. A protective sheet of paper has been
placed between each plank insuring the KonectoStrip remains clean and ready to use.

When installing tiles and planks you should work out of a minimum of 3 boxes and mix
planks or tiles when installing.

Subfloor Preparation:

WHILE KONECTO IS SUITABLE FOR SITUATIONS WHERE MANY OTHER TYPES OF FLOORING
SHOULD NOT BE USED, CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE OBSERVED FOR EVEN THIS VERY
FORGIVING FLOORING PRODUCT.

KONECTO IS A FLOATING FLOOR UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANSES CAN ANYTHING BE FASTENED
THOUGH THE FLOOR OR PINCHED CAUSING KONECTO TO BE LOCKED IN PLACE.
All subfloors must be sound, solid and have little flexibility

Approved subfloors

All Levels of Concrete: Any large cracks or voids must be filled with a cementitous patching
compound. Concrete should be flat within 3/16” in 10 FT.

Lightweight concretes are approved

Please Note: As we state in all our sales literature, Konecto is Water Resistant and will withstand
standing water. However this does not mean that Konecto is designed to be exposed to water, or
be underwater, for extended periods of time. Moisture intrusion is a totally different situation that
can arise with new or old concrete that exhibits high levels of Moisture Vapor
Emissions/Hydrostatic pressure in combination with high levels of alkalinity. This combination
provides a substance that is highly corrosive. No floor covering, including Konecto, can withstand
the long-term corrosive nature of this chemical. If testing determines that the level of Vapor
Emissions/Hydrostatic pressure exceeds 8 pounds using the Calcium chloride test and/or a P.H.
test indicates alkalinity levels in excess of 9, steps must be taken to separate Konecto from the
source of the corrosive effect of this chemical.

Wood subfloors must be sturdy, flat within 3/16” in 10 FT., and have little flexibility.

All other subfloors, i.e. particleboard, OSB, chipboard, wafer board, Gypsum Underlayment and Floor
Toppings etc. must be sturdy, flat, and have little flexibility and manufacturers installation specifications
need to be followed. Caution: Soft underlayment and Substrates can diminish Konecto inherent strength
in resisting indentations.

Quarry tile, terrazzo, and ceramic tile: Use caution with highly embossed tile. This type of tile plus
grout joints should be filled with a high quality cementitous patching product.

Konecto is water/moisture resistant, and does not support mold or mildew. However, excessive
moisture in the subfloor can cause mold, mildew, and other moisture related issues like the
trapping of moisture emissions under Konecto. This will cause an adverse affect on existing glue
down substrates causing it to release. Example: Parquet and Strip Wood Flooring which can also
swell and buckle.

Radiant Heat: Radiant heat components must be a minimum of 1/2” separated from Konecto. This is
the only type of radiant heat that is approved.
Subfloors should have been operational for at least 3 weeks prior to installation to drive out moisture and
calibrate temperature settings. All radiant heat floors should be turned down so subfloor temperature is
maintained at 65 degrees for 3 days prior to installation and kept at 65 degrees for at least 48 hours after
installation to allow the adhesive to fully cure. Maximum operating temperature should never exceed
85°F.

Temperature: The room temperature and the sub floor temperature must be between 65° and 85 °
Fahrenheit. Maintain proper temperature for 48 hours before, during and after installation. The
building’s heating and air-conditioning system should be turned on at least one week before
installation. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in an installation failure (i.e. flooring may
expand or contract resulting in gapping). Konecto is an interior product only, and must be installed in
a temperature controlled environment, maintained between 65 and 85 degrees F. Please keep in
mind a concrete floor can be up to ten degrees colder than the actual room temperature.


Existing Resilient Floors:
Existing resilient tile and sheet vinyl floors must be in good condition and fully bonded to the
structural floor... The exception is that any tile or sheet that is of a soft cushion construction must
be removed.

Note: A layer of resilient or soft underlayments like lauan may compromise the inherent strength of
Konecto. Do not install over more than one layer of existing flooring, to prevent indentation or
possible stress on the adhesive seams.

When installing Konecto over existing ceramic tile, you must skim coat the grout lines with a floor
leveler. If you install Konecto over an existing floor that has an embossing or grout line on it, we
recommend you skim coat with a floor leveler. Check for any dips in the subfloor that can create a void
underneath the floor that will cause stress on the plank seams when walking on it. If so please fill in and
level subfloor with embossing leveler. Konecto is water resistant so it can be installed directly over
concrete floors in the basement, (Refer to Approved Sub Floors, Page 3). If your concrete floor has any
bumps or burrs of concrete sticking up, simply knock them off with a hammer and chisel and fill in the holes.
If you have asbestos tiles and don’t want to pay for an expensive asbestos abatement job, Konecto is
the perfect answer. Any loose or damaged tiles should be patched prior to installing Konecto over the
asbestos floor. Never sand asbestos floors make sure you are positive asbestos is not present when
ever you sand. We recommend the following actions in the room you are installing Konecto in: Beware
of any sheetrock taping and sanding, painting, wall prep, finishes, and other activities that produce lots of
dust. Cover Konecto with a drop cloth...

Installing:

Before laying out the floor, check the wall you are starting from and make sure it is square to the opposite
wall. Simply measure the room from opposite ends of the wall to the far wall. If the measurements are
different you can make adjustments on the first row of Konecto by scribing the plank on the over edge.

1. Lay a row of loose planks without securing them to each other first to determine if you need to adjust the
length of the first plank to avoid a small piece of less than 6” on the opposite wall from where you
started.

2. Installation should start in a corner and proceed from the wall with the under- edge facing out away
from the wall. Allow a gap of 1/4” or more for floor movement which should be
covered by molding. Do not net fit to wall or any vertical structure!
Trim off the top over-edge facing the start wall.

3. When securing two planks together, you should use a low level angle to secure the second plank
into the corresponding edge. The over-edge always placed on top of the under-edge. Use one hand
to hold the plank and the other hand to guide the edge into place for a tight fit by hand rolling the
plank as you go. Be careful to keep the seams tight. You can push the plank slightly against the
adjoining plank to create a tight seam, if necessary, after the connection has been made.

4. One of the great attributes of Konecto, it’s forgiving. If your seam appears not to be tight, you can
immediately pull apart the planks and reapply it. Slowly lift the top plank away from the bottom plank and
simply reapply them. Please use Konecto Adhesive to re-enforce the bond after pulling apart.

5. When installing the plank, it is required to stagger the rows so that the end joint seams are a minimum 6”
apart and the seams are not in a straight uniform line. We recommend the staggered random method.

6. Start the second row with the plank cut at about 2/3 length (2 feet). Simply measure and mark the
plank, then using a straight edge and utility knife, simply score the plank and snap.

7. The over-edge butts up to the first row. Again, get one corner of the plank started tightly against the
other and use a low level angle and roll the plank tightly into place. The remaining 1/3 piece can be
used on the far wall, if the layout of the room permits.

When cutting Konecto for length, be sure to always cut the short side of the plank with the over edge,
the remaining piece can then be used on the opposite side of the room, at the end of that row.

8. Start the third row with the plank cut at 1/3 of a length (1 foot). Again the remaining piece can be used
at the opposite end of the row, if the layout of the room permits

9. Continue this pattern for the remainder of the rows to be installed. Always place the cut end of the first
plank against the wall.

10. Fitting around irregular objects, simply make a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or
irregular objects. Place the pattern upon the plank and trace. Cut along trace lines using a utility knife or
heavy duty scissors, and lay plank.

11. When each plank is installed a hand roller with direct pressure to the seams must be used!
After completion a 100 lbs roller should be used across all seams. Not Rolling will Void Warranty!

Replacement of Plank

Be sure to keep some spare Konecto planks in case there is an unforeseen need for replacement. If you
need to replace a plank of Konecto use a heat gun and heat up the outside of the damaged plank, along
the “under lip” KonectoStrip on the long and butt end of the plank. You can determine the “under lip”
KonectoStrip by finding the installation starting wall. It is on the right side and top of the plank when facing
plank and starting wall is on your left from the second row on. Hold the head gun at least 6” away and
be careful not to burn surface of plank. This will soften the adhesive enough for you to then make an
incision with your utility knife along the seam cutting through the whole plank. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A
VERY SHARP BLADE IN YOUR UTILITY KNIFE!!

Cut a slot around 6 inches from the long side you just cut. Then using a flat head screw driver or putty knife,
pry up the damaged plank use the heat gun to help release the plank. Once you can grip the plank pull it
away from the “under lip” KonectoStrip from the adjoining plank be careful not to rip or damage strip.

If strip is damaged then please replace using alternate method below.
On “Over lip” KonectoStrip on adjoining plank use heat gun to soften adhesive and peel back original
“Underlip” KonectoStrip on side and butt end of plank

If possible fold a piece of wax paper enclosed in Konecto cartons and wrap around each edge. Lift
adjoining planks and slide replacement plank into place. The wax paper will help keep the plank from
sticking to adjoining plank when sliding in plank. Remove the wax paper. Use a hand roller on all four
seams of plank.

Alternate Method:

Use a heat gun being careful not to burn plank surface. This will soften the adhesive enough for you to then
make an incision with your utility knife along the seam cutting through both the “over lip” and “under lip”
KonectoStrip. Do this on all four sides. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A VERY SHARP BLADE IN YOUR UTILITY
KNIFE!! Cut a slot in the center of the plank to be removed. Then using a flat head screw driver or putty
knives, pry up the damaged plank. If the edges of plank that is removed do not cut out cleanly, you may
need to go back with your SHARP utility knife and with a straight edge “clean up” the edges so that
perfect rectangle is left with no KonectoStrips remaining from the adjoining planks—just a perfect
rectangle remains

When installing the replacement plank, first cut off the “under lip” KonectoStrip from one side and simply
“attach it” to the “over lip” on the opposite side. Do this for both the long and short sides.
Take double face tape and cut four pieces to be place all around the plank leaving the bottom cover on tape
lift adjoining planks and side tape into position leaving at least 1 inch of tape exposed all around plank

Position replacement Planks and press into place. By not gluing the tape to the floor you will keep
the installation floating so no buckling can occur.

Konecto Tile Installation Instructions: Divide the room into equal quadrants using chalk lines.
Dry-lay a row of tiles using the enclosed wax paper to protect the Konecto strip, and then from the
center line to the side wall determine the space left for the borders tiles adjust the chalk lines to
achieve a balance layout with equal size boarders all around. (This can readily be figured out from
the room dimensions without putting down the tiles if desired.)

Once the Border tiles are determined cut tile down to size. Start in corner of room with border tiles
and lay down a row to end of wall with Konecto Strip facing out from the wall. Make sure by using a
plum line or laser gun that the row is straight and square to the wall. Use double face tape to keep
row in place. If the wall is uneven, adjustments can be made by scribing the boarder tiles on the
over edge. Then proceed in laying tiles in a Brick/Ashlar fashion. Rotate the start piece from full tile
to half tile.

Installation instructions for 16” x 32” Tile. When installing the tile lay the tile in an offset method
(Full size/Half Size) to stagger the rows so that the short edge (16”) seams are not in a straight uniform
line for every row. Dry-Lay a row of Tiles using the enclosed wax paper to protect the Konecto Strip,
across the room to determine the plank width for the first row and the other side of the room last
row, then down the room for the size of start piece and end piece. No start or end piece should be
less than 6”. (This can readily be figure out from measuring the room dimensions and dividing the
size of the tile with out putting down the tile if desired.) To cut the tile to size use a straight edge and
utility knife, simply score the plank and snap.

Once the size of the start piece is determined lay down the first row then to start the second row
determine the size of the start piece. To do this take a full plank and place it next to the first cross
seam of the first row so it falls exactly in the middle of the plank then measure the distance from the
wall to the start of the plank minus expansion space and this will be the size of the second row start
piece.

8. The start piece of the third row should be the same as the first and keep alternating until
completion. Make sure the start pieces are exact for each row to eliminate run off and to keep
the rows uniformed.

For Tekstone Grout-able Tiles
The above instructions are the same accept a space is needed between each tile and you
can do a four corner installation if desired (full tile starts each row). We recommend the use
of our Konecto Spacer this will help leave the adequate consistent space needed for a
straight grout line so you will not experience runoff or crooked corners and a slight
expansion space for Konecto back is left.
The spacers are available in 3mm width. Traditional spacers can also be used.
Please see include box inserts on Grouting instructions and our Tru-Grout grout.

IMPORTANT: Roll floor!! The two preferred methods of rolling are using a hand roller with direct
pressure to the seams, and a 100 lb -3-section flooring roller. Use a hand roller as you install and follow
after installation with a 100 lb-3-section flooring roller. Both methods are required.
Tile Replacement: Please follow information listed for Konecto Plank for the Tile and follow same acclimation
and subfloor conditions instructions.

Troubleshooting for Plank and Tile:

Edges not sticking:

The Konecto adhesive can be reactivated as long as the strip is not contaminated with dirt and dust. You can
reheat with heat gun to loosen plank completely and then use Konecto adhesive to reinforce bond. In the winter
time the adhesive is freeze thaw stable so if areas of the Konecto strip are dull and not sticky then reactivate
with a heat gun.

Konecto Butt end over edge is bending down when taking out of box: Because of Konecto’s flexibility the
edges sometime bend in carton because of shipping. Just pull back the edge straight and put together and roll
with hand roller. If this is not done the front edge will stick and a hump in the material will be seen that rolling
may not take out.

Konecto Adhesive Instructions

Konecto adhesive is a specially formulated adhesive to be used in reinforcing the bond of the
Konecto Plank and Tile adhesive strip. Special care should be taken to use the adhesive properly.
Avoid skin and eye contact and use with proper ventilation. Please follow instructions on bottle for
First Aid and Storage.

The adhesive should be applied in a steady bead in the middle of the Konecto strip from top to
bottom of strip, being careful not to get any on the edge so it will bleed on to the surface of the tile.
If any adhesive gets on the Plank or Tile surface it needs to be immediately removed with a rag
dampened with fingernail polish remover containing acetone (not straight acetone) before it dries
or it will not be able to be removed without damaging the plank or tile. Use a weight over repaired
area for short period of time. A full carton of Konecto works well.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

Although KONECTO floors are durable, all floor coverings require some care to look their best and
many problems can be prevented before they occur. The type and frequency of traffic on your floor
will determine the frequency of maintenance needed. The type of floor and even the color will also
have some bearing on how much care may be necessary. For example, solid color floors will
visually show scuffs, scratches, dirt and general wear to a greater degree than multi-colors of chips
or patterns. Of course, white or light colors will visually show staining to a greater degree than
darker colors. For this reason, solid color and white floors should receive special attention in regard
to preventative maintenance and amount of care provided. Good judgment when choosing the type
and style of floor will help prevent maintenance problems before the floor is even installed!
Here are the proper steps for maintaining your KONECTO floor:

1. In order to prevent indentations and scratches, provide glass, plastic or other non-staining
cups with flat under surfaces not less than 2” in width for the legs of heavy furniture or
appliance. Equip swiveled-type office chairs and other rolling furniture with broad surface
non-staining casters at least 2” in diameter. Remove small diameter buttons from the legs
of straight chairs and replace with metal glides that have bearing surfaces no less than 1” in
diameter.

2. Protect your floor against burns. Burns from the glowing end of a cigarette, matches, or
other extremely hot items can damage KONECTO floors.

3. Do not flood floor or subject to frequent standing water. Problems associated with
excessive moisture can affect the job site and should be addressed. KONECTO plank
should not be used as a Moisture Reduction System.

4. Protect your floor from tracked-in-dirt and grit particles by using walk off mats at all outside
entrances. Take time to remove any imbedded grit particles from shoe soles before
entering the room. Avoid the use of rubber-backed mats, as certain rubber compounds can
permanently stain vinyl. Avoid tracking in tar or asphalt from driveways, as this can also
discolor vinyl. Do not use vinegar, one-step cleaner/polishes or oil soaps on KONECTO
products.

5. All KONECTO floors have a good resistance to stains. They are not affected by most
common household spills: however, any spill should be cleaned up immediately. The longer
the spilled materials are left on the floor, the greater the risk of permanently staining the
floor. For information regarding the proper method or solution to use on a specific stain,
contact KONECTO’s Technical Department or check troubleshooting guide.

7. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. During peak sunlight hours, the use
of the drapes or blinds is recommended. Prolonged direct sunlight can result in
discoloration, and excessive temperatures might cause tile expansion.

8. Do not use vinegar as a cleaning agent on KONECTO vinyl Products.

MAINTENANCE FOR KONECTO COMMERCIAL FLOORS

• The type frequency of traffic on your KONECTO floor will determine the frequency of
maintenance needed.

• The type of floor, and even the color, will have some bearing on how much care
may be necessary.

• Regular adherence to an effective maintenance program should include:
o thorough dirt and grit regulation and prompt removal of spills and stains
protection of the floor surface

The most effective part of any floor maintenance program is the simplest: sweep, dust mop or
vacuum KONECTO flooring DAILY, or more frequently if needed.

Initial Maintenance Upon Completion of the Installation:

1. Sweep or vacuum thoroughly and remove any adhesive residue from surface. Mineral
Spirits is fine for this.

2. Do not wash the floor for at least 24 hours after installation. Lightly damp mop with Konecto
Cleaner following instruction on bottle. Remove any scuffs and excessive soil by careful
scrubbing. Certain types of rubber heel marks may be removed by rubbing with a cloth
dampened in Metroflor Black Scuff and Adhesive Remover.

Routine Commercial Maintenance:

1. KONECTO vinyl plank and tile has excellent durability and a history of performing well in
heavy commercial installations as long as a sound maintenance program is followed. Light
daily sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming will prevent dirt and grit particles from being
ground into the surface of the tile. Non-rubber, walk off mats should be used to control the
amount of dirt and grit reaching the floor. The mats should be as wide as the doorway and
thick enough to trap dirt. Frequent light mopping will prevent the floor from becoming
heavily soiled and will remove most spills and stains. The amount and type of traffic will
dictate the frequency of washing. Wash the floor by damp mopping or use an Auto-
Scrubbing machine with Konecto Cleaner following instructions on the bottle.

2. If the floor receives hard use and becomes extremely dirty, as in heavily used commercial
installations, Floor scrubbing with a 175-300 RPM floor Buffer will be necessary with a red
scrubbing-type (polyester or nylon) pad. Mop the floor with Konecto Cleaner and work the
solution over the floor using the buffer and the scrubbing pad. After this has been done,
remove the dirty residue by damp mopping with a clean bucket of Konecto Cleaner
following instructions on bottle. Let floor dry, you will then see a light film residue, take low
speed buffer and a White polishing pad and buff until the film is removed. Please Note: Do
not use a buffer that is more than 300 RPM under any circumstances.

Stain Removal:

To remove stubborn spots or stains from KONECTO Luxury Vinyl floors, always begin with mild
cleaners such as Konecto Cleaner. If this fails to remove stain, use mineral spirits. Do not use
harsh solvents such as lacquer thinner, as these can permanently soften the vinyl surface.
For extreme staining (paints, permanent markers, dyes) try applying fingernail polish remover
containing acetone (not straight acetone) applied to a soft cloth and rubbing. Any damage
resulting from use of pure solvents IS NOT covered by warranty. Always test stronger cleaning
agents on sample pieces or in unnoticeable areas first.