How do I transition my vinyl floor to another type of flooring? Home Depot sells (via special order and online) matching T-moldings (72”), Multi-Purpose Reducer (72”), and Quarter Round (94”). The products are made by a 3rd party company, Zamma, and are sold exclusively to HD. If I need to change the direction that I am installing vinyl flooring, how do I do that? Grip Strip – Under Transition (made by Cal Oak Products) strips must be used to create a grip strip where you are changing directions. Those can be special ordered through Home Depot or ordered on homedepot.com. Click-Lock – The installation will have to be stopped, use a transition piece, and re-start the installation. Can I install vinyl flooring in an unheated cottage, three-season porch, RV, camper, or boat? No! This product is for indoor, temperature-controlled environments only. You must acclimate the product in the room of installation (with HVAC system) for a minimum of 48 hours at a temperature between 65F to 85F. Also, avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as this may damage your floor. Use shades or blinds if the room gets long periods of direct sunlight. Why? Grip Strip is a free floating floor that expands and contracts. Excessive temperatures will cause the adhesive to fail. Extreme temperatures will affect the adhesive and cause extreme separation (in cold temps) and/or extreme buckling (in hot temperatures). Failure to keep the product climate controlled year round will void the warranty. Click-Lock is a free floating floor, it expands and contracts. Excessive temperatures will cause the product to separate or buckle. If the product separates due to extreme cold temperatures, once it warms up and expands the product will not go back together properly due to it having to be installed at an angle. If the temperatures are extremely hot, the flooring will buckle possibly causing damage to the locking mechanism. Failure to keep the product climate controlled year round will void the warranty. What do I use to clean my vinyl floor? Use a quality vinyl floor cleaner. The product must be specific for vinyl, neutral PH (7), not containing wax or polish. Don’t wax the floor, don’t seal the floor, and don’t use any wood care product on the floor as these can leave a film that traps dirt. No Swiffer wet products can be used on the floor. Swiffer dry pads are acceptable. Do not use any steam mops as vinyl flooring is sensitive to heat. Wax, sealers, Swiffer wet, all purpose, and multi-purpose cleaners can create a build up on the floor that traps dirt and debris. It can also cause the floor to appear scratched and scuffed. We recommend Zep Neutral Floor Cleaner which can be purchased at The Home Depot or online at homedepot.com. My new vinyl floor has an odor to it. How can I get rid of it? Open windows and ventilate the room as much as possible for 3 days. Clean the floor with a quality vinyl floor cleaner. Can I wax my vinyl floor? NO – vinyl is not porous. The wax will not penetrate the vinyl and will just sit on top of your floor and eventually yellow and cause build up. My floor has scuff marks and scratches. What can I do to remove them? Scuffs – Try using a concentrated amount of vinyl floor cleaner on a rag or sponge and work it gently into the scuffed area. Surface Scratches – If you have a scratch that has penetrated through the wear layer you can replace a plank. How can I replace a plank or tile if needed? Hold a hair dryer or heat gun about 6”-8” away from the outside of the damaged plank along the Grip Strip edge for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Make sure you have a sharp utility knife. Cut a slot in the center of the tile to be removed. Then use a putty knife to pry up the damaged plank. Refer to the installation instructions included in each carton for more information. We do have written instructions we can email or fax to you. I have a few seams lifting, what can I do about it? Allure GripStrip – We can send you some repair adhesive free of charge. Please call our Customer Service Team at 1-866-843-8453. I have installed X # of cases of vinyl flooring and part of the floor is a different color or shade. Is there anything I can do about it? Were all of the cases from the same run #? Different run numbers can have shade variations. The best solution is to mix the planks up from different run #’s into the installation, installing from several boxes at one time. Be sure the customer is okay with the variation before the installation is complete. If the customer is not okay with the variation, they can go back to HD for in stock items to see if they have the same run # available for all cartons. For special order products, we will have to check our warehouses; a new PO will have to be submitted to re-order. Can I use a steam cleaner on my vinyl flooring? NO! All of our products are vinyl; the heat can damage the wear layer. This is not covered under warranty. Can I use an industrial rotary cleaning machine? Yes, as long as the machine does not exceed 175 RPM’s and use a white or red pad only. What can I use to remove the buildup caused by some cleaners? We recommend using a vinyl floor stripper (it won’t hurt the floor and will get it back to its original state). It can be purchased at The Home Depot. Can I install vinyl flooring on stairs or vertical surfaces and how do I do it? We do not warranty our product for usage on stairs or any vertical surface. It cannot be glued to your wall in your home. If you don’t care about the warranty, then use a good quality construction adhesive. I want to install vinyl flooring under my wood burning stove, how do you recommend I do it. We do not recommend it. The heat will melt the vinyl. If you install it up to the hearth you need to refer to the local fire & building codes for more information. We had carpet in our basement and the backing is stuck to the floor. How well does this have to be cleaned before installing vinyl flooring on top? Any areas of left over debris that is left on the subfloor that exceeds 1/8” must be removed, sanded, or filled prior to installation. The overall floor flatness tolerance is 1/4”over 10’. So most likely you can go right over it if no areas are higher than 1/8”. Scrape off the really bad spots. Can I install vinyl over radiant heated floors? Yes, you can. However, there are 3 guidelines that must be followed: The heating element must be recessed a minimum of ½” below the Allure flooring. The temperature should never exceed 85F (30C) during or after installation. The heating system must be operational at least 1 week prior to installing the Allure flooring. I can not complete my installation of Allure Grip Strip in one day. What do I use to protect the Grip Strip from getting contaminated? Use the slip sheet that comes in between the planks. Tape them down so they stay secure over the GripStrip. Is it necessary to buy all the cases of flooring at once because of dye lot differences? Yes, for best results. There are shade and color variations from run to run. Is there “off gassing” of vinyl flooring? No, the product in its solid state does not “off gas”. It is a safe product. It is Floor Score certified which means it meets all indoor air quality requirements (tested in the state of CA) as a safe product. Is the Allure product too thick for a new toilet installation concerning the wax ring? No, the wax ring (called a Johnny Ring) should still work as long as the threaded bolt on the wax ring is long enough. How do I cut around an existing toilet? Use the slip sheet that comes in between the planks inside the carton to use as a template for the cut on each plank. Trace onto the desired plank and cut with a pair of sharp shears or snips instead of a utility knife. What can I use to fill small spaces (gaps) between tiles? Use a putty (color match as best as possible) or wood filler. Rub it into the gap with your finger and wipe away excess with mineral spirits. Do I have to remove my existing baseboards before installing vinyl flooring? You should if you do not plan on adding a quarter round molding to hide the expansion space. Is this floor durable regarding pets like cats and dogs? It is recommended you keep your pets claws trimmed. Sharp claws can damage the floor. Pet urine should be cleaned up as soon as possible. How do I install this product around a basement sloping floor drain? You will have to cut the floor back from the drain (tolerance for flatness is 1/4” over 10’) so if you install Allure all the way to the sloping drain it will cause pressure on the seams and possibly separate at the seams. You can fill the voids with a cementious compound to level the floor with in tolerance. Can I install vinyl flooring over a thin indoor outdoor carpet? NO, you cannot install Allure over ANY carpet or ANY foam or spongy padding. It voids the warranty. Can I purchase any type of vinyl flooring directly from Halstead? No. Our vinyl flooring is a Home Depot exclusive product. Can you glue the flooring to the subfloor? No. This is a floating floor and can not be glued, nailed, or attached in any other way to the subfloor. Can I install this product in my basement? Yes. However, you must check the moisture level in the concrete prior to installing the flooring. If the moisture is above 5%, the product can not be installed unless DRIcore Subfloor is installed first. If the moisture is below 5%, a 6mil poly must be used prior to installing Allure. What products can be used for moisture barriers? For Allure Ultra, GripStrip, and Home Decorators Collection: Moisture levels 0-5%, 6 mil poly. Moisture levels greater than 5% DRIcore only, if not used, can not install. For Lifeproof: Moisture barriers are not necessary. Are there special instructions when installing luxury vinyl flooring in a bathroom? We recommend using 100% silicone caulk around the base of the toilet and in front of the tub/shower to seal the expansion area. How soon can I walk on my new vinyl floor? Immediately. If I want to put a rug over my vinyl floor, what type of rugs can be used since rubber-backed rugs cannot? Rugs that have a Polymer, Acrylic, Latex, Vinyl or Cotton backing, which can be found at most stores. Rubber-backed mats/rugs are not recommended as they will stain (yellow) the floor. In addition, PVC rug gripper pads can also be used to place under rugs that may have a rough backing. Can I install vinyl flooring over a laminate or another type of floating floor? NO, vinyl can not be installed over any other type of floating floor. Floating floors have too much give and deflection and will cause our product to fail. Vinyl must be installed over a solid, firm surface. Can my cabinets be installed over vinyl? Traditional cabinets with a box base can not be installed over vinyl. It puts too much weight in one area and causes product separation or buckling. Vinyl is a free floating floor so this will prevent it from expanding and contracting properly. If the cabinets are modern and sit on 4 legs, they can be installed over our product, just like appliances, the weight is distributed evenly throughout the 4 legs and does not put pressure all in one area. Can I use a silicone caulk around the entire room? No. The caulk will interfere with the expansion space if used around the entire room and defeat the purpose of the expansion space. It can only be used in one small area such as in front of doors, in front of a shower, or around a toilet. This is to prevent water from going into the expansion space and reaching the subfloor. If Allure Ultra and Home Decorators Collection is waterproof, why do I have to use a moisture barrier? It is waterproof from the top down. The plank itself will not absorb moisture. However, it is not a water-proofer or mold or mildew resistant. If there are high levels of moisture in the concrete, the vinyl will not prevent moisture from coming up through the seams. Moisture is something that needs to be addressed prior to installation to prevent harmful effects of alkalinity. How do I replace a piece of Ceramica that has grout? Remove the grout around the affected tile with a utility knife and or flat head screw driver. Then peel up the affected tile with a putty knife. Depending upon the sub floor will dictate how easy the tile comes up. Then replace tile, re-grout with simple grout. The grout will adhere to the old grout where it comes in contact with it around the non affected tiles. The instructions say that I have to roll the floor with a 75-100 lb weighted roller. Can I just walk on the seams instead of rolling it? We recommend using a 100 pound a roller. Walking on the floor helps, but can’t replace rolling during install.