ESD Control Vinyl Tile
Installation and Maintenance Instructions
INSTALLATION OF TILE
ESDcarpet.com Vinyl Tile Systems are available in
36" sections, square edge or pre-grooved,
for seamless installations. For proper trowel
size, selects see Trowel Selection and Tile Size/Subfloor
The 36"' x 36" sections a installed
in essentially the same manner as described
under CONVENTIONAL INSTALLATION using ESDcarpet.com
approved adhesive and specified trowel Special procedures
are required as follows.
SQUARE EDGE SECTIONS
- Remove tile from carton, and store flat in stacks
(not to exceed 6" in height) at a temperature
of at least 70° E for 48 hours
prior to installation. This allows tile to
adjust to room temperature. Tile will then
lay flat and conform to the contour of the subfloor when
- Lay out field so that the last section
ends at least 6” from
the wall to allow space for use of router
and hot air welding tool around the room
- Install the field, making sure to install copper
grounding strip at the designated ground connections
(See GROUNDING). Make sure that the
tile is roiled and cross rolled with a 150 lbs. sectional
Allow the adhesive to set up overnight.
- Dry cut all cove
pieces to fit as described under FLASH COVING, and install
them. Roil thoroughly
with a hand roller.
- Using a scrap piece of tile, set
the router so that the blade cuts a groove to a depth of
one halt of the thickness of the
tile. Rout all field seams in one direction only, being
the groove centered on the seam as closely as possible.
Use chamfering plane to rout cove pieces where the
- Preheat the hot air welding tool.
Using the 4mm welding nozzle, weld the bead into the groove.
Trial weld a few scrap pieces before starting
on the floor so that adjustments in the heat setting
be made if desired. Beginners may find it easier to work
with a tower heat. However, with experience,
welding will be faster with a higher heat.
A lower heat is recommended for correcting
mistakes or welding in awkward places. A good weld is
a small amount of melted bead overflows along the edges of
- After the weld has cooled, shave
off the excess bead with a spatula. If the bead is shaved
before it has cooled, it will shrink
the surface of the flooring. Keep the spatula sharp by
periodic honing with: a fine stone.
- After welding and trimming
all seams in one direction, repeat the
routing, welding, and trimming procedures on all seams
running in the
- While seamless installations are
usually flash coved, top set cove base or
other treatment may be used at the floor-wail junction.
In these instances, use a chamfering
plane to finish the groove close to
the wall where the router cannot be operated.
When installing pre-grooved sections, follow the same
general installation instructions as for square edge sections. Exceptions
to these general instructions are as follows:
- Take extra, care to minimize adhesive seepage at the seams.
Any adhesive allowed to remain in the grooves could
prevent the vinyl bead and flooring from fusing together properly.
the adhesive has set up overnight, use the chamfering
plane to remove all excess adhesive that may have
seeped into the grooves.
- Weld and trim all seams in one direction
- Use the chamfering plane to open each cross seam.
- Weld and trim ail
Coving of tile up the wail eliminates accumulations
of dirt arid bacteria at the floor-wall junction. This procedure can be used
with either CONVENTIONAL or SEAMLESS INSTALLATIONS.
steps are recommended:
- Install metal inside and outside corners. Then install a suitable
cap strip (either metal or plastic) around the entire
room. Exercise care so that the tops of the cap strip and metal
at the same level. Use either flat headed nails
or contact bond adhesive to
fasten comers and cap strips.
- Place a cove strip at floor-wall
junction to support tile at the bend. Radius of cove strip
should be at least 3/4" and must have
same radius as the metal corners.
- When installing ESDcarpet.com
tile, lay out field so that it ends
approximately 6" from the wall. When 36" x 36" sections
are used, field can be laid out so that the last section
finds at any convenient distance in excess of 6"' from the wall. The
distance from the edge of the field to the cap strip must be
less than the width of
pieces since variations in floor and wall levels always necessitate
cutting the cove pieces so that a tight fit can be achieved.
field in accordance with procedures listed under either CONVENTIONAL
or SEAMLESS INSTALLATION, and allow adhesive
to set up overnight
before installing cove pieces.
- Dry cut cove pieces to fit.
Remove pieces and apply adhesive to the exposed floor and
wall. Install the pieces
and roll thoroughly with a hand roller. Do as largo an
area as practical to avoid repeated mixing of adhesive batches.
Several acceptable methods are used to ground ESD control
floors, depending on job conditions and/or personal preference. Two recommended
procedures are described below:
- Prior to instillation of the static control flooring,
the electrical contractor drops a wire (usually a #10
or #12 stranded) inside the wall from any convenient ground
bus so that the wire
emerges at the floor wall junction. A small hole
is either cut into the drywall at this point or chipped out
of the concrete floor. The copper grounding strip provided by ESDcarpet.com is intertwined
with the stranded copper wire. The connection of grounding
strip and copper wire is pushed into the hole and conductive adhesive
liberally applied so that the connection is completely buried
in the adhesive
and the hole is filled to the level of the floor or wad
surface. The balance of the grounding strip is then laid flat
in conductive adhesive on the floor and covered with additional
adhesive. Tile is then installed over the grounding strip.
- If there are exposed steel columns supporting the building,
the ground connection may be made directly to the
columns. The copper grounding strip is laid flat in the conductive
adhesive on the floor
allowing several inches to protrude at the junction next to
The grounding strip on the floor is covered with additional adhesive
and ESDcarpet.com tile instated over it. A hole is drilled
the steel column an inch or two up from the floor. Tap the hole
and secure the grounding strip using a simple machine
screw and washer. Make sure all paint and foreign substances
have been removed from the column to assure metal contact. Cover the
connection with an electrical box.
- ESDcarpet.com provides sufficient copper strip to allow one
ground connection for every 1,000 square feet of
installed tile. Copper strip grids under tile are unnecessary
since the conductive
adhesive acts as .a conductive plane beneath the
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
NOTE: ESDcarpet.com DOES
NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF ANY REGULAR APPLICATION OF WAX OR SYNTHETIC
ONESDcarpet.com VINYL TILE SYSTEMS- THE USE OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL
WILL BUILD AN INSULATING
FILM ON THE FLOOR. ANDREDUCE ITS EFFECTIVENESS. OTHER CONDUCTIVE, STATIC DISSIPATIVE
FLOOR FINISHES MAY RAISE THERESISTANCE OF ESDcarpet.com TILE SYSTEMS. THEREFORE,
THE USE OF THESE PRODUCTS
MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THEPERFORMANCE OF ESDcarpet.com VINYL TILE SYSTEMS.
Do not wash floor (or at least 48 hours after installation to enable the adhesive
to set thoroughly. After the adhesive has set, sweep and/or dust mop to remove
any loose dirt. Next, machine scrub entire floor. If the floor has been heavily
soiled from construction, or if adhesive stains are on the tile surface, use ESDcarpet.com ZeroStat Nose for initial scrubbing. If the floor is not heavily soiled,
the initial machine scrubbing can be done with ESDcarpet.com ZeroStat Clean. If
stripping solution has been used,final rinse water should include 2 ounces of ZeroStat Clean to
neutralize the floor.
CAUTION: Vinyl flooring will become slippery when
wet. Care must be taken when
walking upon the wet floor. Appropriate "Warning" or "Caution" placards
should be used if any traffic is possible white the floor is wet.
TYPICAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
1. Sweep and/or dust mop the entire floor.
2. Wet or damp mop soiled areas.
3. Spray buff scuffed and heel marked areas.
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