INFORMATIONS

WE ARE eco-friendly

PLYKO® “Abrasion Group: T” is a plastic flooring woven in lengths primarily by weaving, vulcanising and coating.

It is made up of a structured woven wear surface (88% PVC/ 12% Polyester) and a technical coated under layer based on reinforced PVC (fibreglass). This under layer on the back of the flooring offers greater resistance, improves comfort and reduces noise impact. The composition of PLYKO® floorings is a key factor in their success. PLYKO® floor coverings are available in lengths 150 cm wide and 25 m long,  in a tile 50x50 cm and in a tile without PU treatment 60x60cm. 60x60 cm tiles without PU treatment are specialy designed for installation on raised floor * (carried out in accordance with the DTU 57.1).
 

Environmental protection, A+ label

PLYKO® has the A+ label and a strategic objective in which we are striving to offer a product that is totally environmentally friendly and climate neutral. Aware of these environmental stakes, PLYKO® clearly established its position as an eco-friendly actor optimizing its energy management and minimizing the use of chemical substances. 
 

PLYKO®’s current work towards this objective comprises a complete programme centred on increasing recycling of waste from production processes.


* Be sure to stagger the seams of the PLYKO® tiles over the joints of raised floor panels. Raised floor panels must be perfectly secured. Make sure that the fixer is not entering the raised floor joints, which could result in a collage of panels.

Use

PLYKO® floor coverings are intended for public areas and are mainly installed in offices, shops and hotels;  but they are equally usable in private spaces. Our collections combine aesthetic beauty, tactile and soft feeling, high foot traffic, good sound absorption and durability
 

Guarantee

PLYKO® is guaranteed to be 100% European from design to manufacture. All our woven flooring materials and technical coated under layers are Made in Italy. Thanks to the mastery of the entire production chain and the quality control, PLYKO® is able to carry a total guarantee of 5 years of normal use.
 

Availability

When the colours and design are in stock, allow 3 to 4 weeks from the factory. If the colours and/or the design need to be manufactured, delivery is up to 8 weeks. For specific patterns and colours with an integrated logo,  minimum quantity is 300 mℓ per colour and design (width 150 cm).

Suitability for use

1. RESIST WEAR

PLYKO® flooring was designed for heavy residential and commercial use. Woven from vinyl fibres and combined with a high performance backing based on reinforced PVC (fibreglass),  PLYKO® flooring is extremely tough-wearing. To meet heavy use classification criteria, PLYKO® flooring is subjected to standardized tests that reproduce the same tough conditions as the situations in which they are intended for. Our flooring has been woven to European Standard EN 15114*, and has gained classifications 34 - heavy commercial use, this is the highest classification for textile flooring and 42  - light industry environments.

Resistance to fire
PLYKO® complies with the requirements of the European Standard EN 13501-1** and has classification Bfl-S1. PLYKO® floor covering has an excellent fire resistance.

Resistance to water (Waterproofness)
PLYKO® is impermeable and water does not cause any damage to the product. PLYKO® is rot-proof and waterproof (perfectly suited to bathroom use).

Resistance to UV
All products have a resistance quotient superior to 6 as determined by ISO 105-B02 (high resistance of colour to light). All the PLYKO® collections have been especially designed for use outside and are resistant to UV radiation (CATAS certification). Even when under intense exposure, the colours of PLYKO® floor covering retains their intensity and brightness.

2. Comfort in use

Technical advanced properties to ensure optimum well-being and convenience ...
 

Non-slip surface

The woven structure of PLYKO® is by its nature non-slip. CE Certification for floors includes an evaluation of resistance to slipping. PLYKO®’s classification of R10 allows its use in public areas.

 

Antistatic properties 

PLYKO® does not generate any static charge. PLYKO® has been tested and approved by the European directive ISO 1815. PLYKO® helps dissipation to earth of electrostatic charges accumulated by walking. PLYKO® floor covering offers efficient protection against discharges.

 

Thermal insulation

PLYKO® flooring offers good thermal insulation contributing for greater well-being and also the achievement of energy savings.

3. Easy to maintain

PLYKO® flooring, because of its heat-welded structure after weaving, resists all lift ing between warp and weft.Dust and dirt are held on the surface. PLYKO® guarantees waterproof, stainproof, stainproof and optimal sanitary conditions. Rotproof, antibacterial, PLYKO® flooring is impervious to dust mites, mould spores and fungus.PLYKO® applies SANALIM treatment to the full depth so as to prevent bacterial growth (high safety characteristics).


Traitement PU

PLYKO® floor covering has a protective polyurethane (PU) surface coating, which facilitates cleaning and eliminates the need for the application of an emulsion when put into use.


Stain resistant

Created to resist stains by not absorbing liquids, PLYKO® flooring offers a quick and easy cleaning.


Classification of textile floorings without a pile - European standard system based on the level of wear and requirements imposed on the areas where each type of flooring will be use.

** Construction products classification. the fire class Cfl–s1 more or less corresponds to the previous national building materials fire classes for “fire-retardant” floor coverings.

How to install PLYKO® wooven flooring

Laying by professionals who comply with national standards will ensure a lasting result.

In France DTU 53.2 deals with the work of laying plastic glued floor coverings. 

Please note that the layer should also follow the recommendations of the manufacturer. 

Upon receipt of the goods, check that the product conforms and alert your reseller to any problem before cutting and/or laying. 

Never lay a covering with visible faults !
 

Acclimate the flooring

Before use, leave the lengths completely unrolled for at least 24 hours at ambient temperature.

With tiles, the acclimatisation period is 48 hours in their original packaging on a flat surface. 

Ensure the general climate conditions:

  1. temperature of floor is higher than 15°C.
  2. ambient temperature is higher than 18°C. 
  3. relative humidity if less than 60%. 


Prepare the laying are

Conditions for successful preparation before gluing a flexible covering depend on following the rules. The standard NF.P 62-203 (DTU 53-2) demands a joint inspection of the substrate before starting work.

The characteristics of a sound substrate to look for are: 

  • flatness. Use a filler, followed by sanding to get a good result, 
  • cleanliness (allows the filler to adhere). Ensure curing compounds, stains, residues, dust are not present), 
  • porosity, 
  • soundness (ensures the longevity of the covering), 
  • dryness (ensures the bonding longevity of the final covering). Damp concrete surfaces may be isolated to avoid damp rising as far as the covering.
  • The degree of humidity of the surface must be below the requirements of the surface being implemented.
  • The temperatures of the surface and the atmosphere must be equal to or above 10°C and after eliminating all condensation points at the level of the surface (dew point). As a reminder, the measured residual humidity level must be below or equal to 4.5% by weight. 


 

Installation of rolls

PREPARE THE LENGTHS
Your PLYKO® floor covering is delivered in widths of 150 centimetres. Its laying is done by full gluing. As it is a woven material, it may have some minor variations in colour and structure between the lengths. 

These variations accentuate PLYKO®’s authentic look. If you need to lay several rolls of covering in one room, you must be careful to always lay rolls from the same manufacturing lot. The lengths are laid in the same direction: do not turn or reverse the lengths as that will change the look and the colouring; there is an arrow marked on the back of the covering which indicates the laying direction. 

Mark the underside and the laying direction in felt pen. Orient the lengths in the longitudinal direction in a room (towards the wall of the main window) or in the direction of the main traffic in a corridor.

The rolls need to be cut a bit long, providing for length of the strips 5 to 10 cm over. Use the double cut* for joining between the lengths (superimpose the lengths by about 4 centimetres). 

 

IMPORTANT
Avoid seams on the ends or protect them by trimming them. Consider placing seams between two lengths outside traffic zones.

LAYING THE LENGTHS

  1. PLYKO® woven floor covering must be laid in a linear fashion. Map out with an adequate margin in the two dimensions to make the seams and levelling (4 cm).Unroll the length along the line. The extra 4 centimetres will go up along the skirting board or the wall. 
  2. Cut the covering on the outside according to the shape of the room, following the walls or the skirting board as closely as possible.
  3. Apply the glue uniformly avoiding the formation of lines. Stop 20 cm before the line (gluing the seams is done in the second part). 
  4. Adhere to the curing time. It is imperative to wait for the glue to be well cured so as to avoid the appearance of blisters and rings.
  5. Lower the length on to the glued surface and roll it. Repeat the same operation for the next length. 
  6. Draw a line parallel at 146 centimetres of the preceding one in order to get an overlay of 4 centimetres. 
  7. Using a ruler and a cutter, make the double cut (two thicknesses at once) in the middle of the overlap of the two lengths. 
  8. Lift the two off cuts. Then open the two lengths and glue the floor. 
  9. Leave to cure.
  10. Lower, joining the two edges well then roll the joint with a pressure roller in the first instance in order to get an invisible seam. 
  11. Then smooth the glued area using a roller.
 

Treatment of seams/ cold welding

All the seams must be cold welded to have a good junction between the lengths and to avoid dirt and damp penetrating the gaps. Welding increases the durability of the seam and makes it watertight.

The covering must always be welded chemically 12 to 24 hours after laying. Use of a product such as Werner Muller Type A or an equivalent equipped with a needle which gives better penetration into the seam is advised. 

For proper performance, we advise the removal of glue residues and centering and sticking a strip of adhesive paper over the seam over which a pressure roller is passed. 

Remove the adhesive strip at the cut with a cutting disc. Press the nozzle well into the seam with your hand.

Move it along the cut and apply the cold welding product with your other hand, so as to make a line about 5 mm on the adhesive strip. Withdraw the adhesive strip 10 to 15 minutes after making the seam. Leave to dry. Surplus glue will disappear by evaporation.

 

Laying over underfloor heating

The product is suitable for laying over a floor heated by water circulation at low temperature and without association during laying with an interposing underlay (under conditions described in the standard  NF P 62-203-1-1 DTU 53.2).

The temperature of the heated floor must not be greater than 28°C, which is the theoretical temperature of the instep (to avoid harm to heads and legs).

To lay over a heated floor, the following points must be adhered to:

  1. the heating installation must have been working for 4 weeks before the laying of the covering. Warm up the heating by 5°C steps per day, up to the operating temperature (28°C maximum).
  2. maintain this temperature for 3 weeks before starting to lay the floor covering (this applies to all seasons).
  3. 48 hours before laying, turn off the heating and check the surface.
  4. adhere to the drying time of the surface. 
  5. restart as soon as possible three days after laying, increase the temperature by 5°C per day until the current temperature in use is reached.

 

Installation of the Tiles

Preparation of tiles
The preparation requirements and recommendations are the same as those for rolls. The tiles are laid over all types of dry, flat, rigid and clean surfaces. 


Calculation for the number of tiles

If the room where the PLYKO tiles are to be laid is a regular shape, calculate the surface in square metres by multiplying the width by the length at the place where the measurements are the longest.

Take into account the area of the room used up by cupboards when you do your calculation for the surface area of the room.

In all cases you must take the measurements, that is the length and width, at the longest point.

 

Tile laying diagram

Place the tiles starting by the door. Note that there is a laying direction. To comply with the direction, look at the direction of the arrows on the back of the tiles. For classical laying, the arrows will all be in the same direction, for a checkerboard laying, each tile must have an arrow at right angles to the neighbouring tiles. 

To choose your type of installation, you need to take the size of the room into account. Some patterns do not look good in small areas. Complex patterns require a special know-how, so we advise using a professional layer.

 

Classical and English pattern

Il est également possible d’installer les dalles dans le même sens (les flèches seront toutes dans le même sens) auquel cas une installation à l’anglaise est préférable pour un résultat plus uniforme que la pose classique. Nous attirons cependant votre attention sur le fait que, le matériau étant tissé, des variations naturelles dans la structure sont possibles, ainsi que des différences de teinte si les dalles sont posées dans le même sens. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous recommandons fortement de poser les dalles en damier.

 

Checkerboard pattern

For the best visual effect, our range has been designed for a checkerboard installation, that is turning the tiles one quarter of a turn with respect to the contiguous tiles (alternating 90° - locate using the arrows on the back of each tile, but you could also opt for laying alternating by 180°).

Positioning the tiles
  1. Tile 1 must be applied at the intersection of the two axes without pressing from above so as to be able to move it to where it is exactly in place.
  2. Apply glue to the surface at the intersection of the two axes. Apply it from the centre towards the outside (drawing 1).
  3. Apply the second tile to the right of the first and roll it well. Use a guide ruler if you need to by placing it above the first tile (drawing 2).Apply the third tile below the first tile. Place the ruler vertical to the first tile if needed so as to align the third tile below (drawing 3).
  4. Put the fourth tile in the angle made up by the other three tiles. The fourth tile must slot exactly into the corner (drawing 4).
  5. Lay the fifth tile below the third and then lay downwards to end up at the door and finish with a whole tile.
  6. Take care each time that the tiles are exactly slotted in and aligned (drawing 5).
  7. Continue laying up to the wall by the first line. You will have to cut if at the end you don’t have a whole tile. Cut all the tiles when the laying of the flooring is finished.
  8. Apply the other tiles one after the other, under the fourth tile and then to the right then finally descending and going up again… Before starting other squares in this way, finish this square on the bottom right. 
  9. When laying is finished, roll with a pressure roller especially over the seams in order to smooth them. Do not press too hard, just enough to make the seams adhere well and become as invisible as possible. Roll the tiles over the whole surface with a smoothing roller.

Cutting the tiles at the edges

The tiles are cut when you have laid the whole floor of the room. 

Before starting, replace the blade with a fresh one. 

Place a tile on the very last tile which is in front of the wall. This is the tile to be cut. 

Then place another tile over it, along the wall. It will act as a ruler and will show you where to cut.

Draw a line on the tile to be trimmed or the tile laid first. 

Cut the tile carefully then install it with the cut side along the wall. Finish the laying by replacing the metal threshold strip.

 

Laying on a staircase

Laying on a high-use staircase requires the use of nosing. 

Protect the edges of the overlay.

 

Exterior use

All of our collections can be installed outdoors taking into account the respective performance of each of them. 

The guarantee is valid for exterior use for all the PLYKO® collections.


Adhesives recommandations*

Always conform to the recommendations of the providers and suppliers of adhesives.

The choice of adhesive is vital: it must be perfectly suited to the floor. If you need to stick the covering to a concrete tile, always use an adhesive which is resistant to alkali to prevent chemical decomposition of that adhesive.

Indoors, we recommend an acrylic adhesive and for outside and very damp areas, a polyurethane type adhesive.

The adhesives listed below have been tested and approved by their manufacturers for installation of our flooring.

The trowel/spreader choice is also important and is based on the type of glue used. It is important to follow the adhesive supplier’s recommendations.

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How to Maintain PLYKO® woven floorings

PLYKO® is WASHABLE and CLEANABLE. PLYKO®

floor covering, because of its heat-welded structure after weaving, resists all lifting between warp and weft. 

Dust and dirt are held on the surface by PU treatment. This PU treatment facilitates maintenance, does away with the application of an emulsion during commissioning and slows the application of an emulsion during use or restoration which can take place several years after commissioning if the floor covering has been correctly maintained.

The anti-static and non-porous composition of PLYKO® avoids indelible stains such as wine, coffee, blood, beauty products etc… 

All stains (even small ones) must be removed as quickly as possible in order to guarantee the appearance of PLYKO® over time. 

We advise you to test a small section first before proceeding with maintenance over the whole floor. 

So as to preserve the character and longevity, we advise you to follow maintenance methods that suit the traffic and activity of the sector while avoiding mixing branded products or differing compositions during maintenance.

We strongly advise you to place floor protection in front of entrances, as these will remove up to 90% of common soiling (outside doormat, brush carpet, anti-dust rug), according to the area to be protected.

  • ESTABLISH A MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL

    PLACE FREQUENCY
    Heavy traffic area Once a day
    Normal traffic area 2 to 3 times a week
    Low traffic area Once a week
  • ESTABLISH AN AUTOMATIC WASHER FREQUENCY OF USE

    LOCATION FREQUENCY
    Restaurant Once a week
    Hotel - Shop Once a month
    Entrance - Work area Every 3 months
    Upstairs office Every 6 months
  • IMPORTANCE OF THE COLOUR CHOICE

    Colour choice has a significant impact on the maintenance of your floor covering. Dirt and stains will be less visible on dark or mottled colours than on uniform and light colours..

Commissioning

The laid carpet can support light foot traffic 24 hours after work is finished and 48 hours at least for installation of furnishings.

When work is completed, the floor covering must be washed with a damp cloth and water containing a neutral detergent (refer to maintenance section).

Wait 72 hours after end of work before undertaking this first wash.

Protection

Protection is the basis of efficient maintenance. 

As the main sources of dirt come from outdoors, the installation of barriers for cleanliness suited to entrances is recommended.

To be efficient a protective barrier is made up of: 

  • a scraper grille which eliminates pebbles and soil residues.
  • a synthetic mat to retain dust adhering to soles.
  • a textile mat to absorb the remaining dampness.

The total length of this three stage barrier should ideally be 7-8 metres from the greatest traffic area (and to ensure contact of the soles with each component of this barrier).
 

It is equally important to protect the floor from physical damage. 

The covering must be protected from static puncture caused by furniture especially from sharp ended legs, sharp edges or other heavy objects.

The castors of desk chairs must be the resistant type (polyamide) to be able to roll more easily and avoid premature degradation of the covering (type H castors conforming to the standard EN 12529). 

Do not use rubber materials (feet of chairs, furniture, mats, castors ...) as there is a risk of black oils from the rubber migrating after prolonged contact. 

Furniture should be carried not dragged, as this can scratch and definitely harm PLYKO® . 

The use of protection in leather, plastic or felt is recommended (not rubber or metallic plates) according to the standard NF DTU 53.2 Annex C.

When PLYKO®  coverings are used in areas directly open to outdoors, it is necessary to provide protective mats of sufficient size as set out in the standard NF DTU 53.2 Annex C. 


 

Regular maintenance AND Intensive maintenance

All recommendations relating to maintenance and spot cleaning are in this document.

In high traffic areas, we advise systematic machine maintenance rather than manual.

In certain specific areas of use, other maintenance methods than we have recommended may be suggested. Frequency of cleaning is indicative only. 

They will always change with traffic volume and the final appearance desired.

We advise the establishment of a maintenance plan which sets out the frequency of cleaning operations by area.

CLEANING AFTER WORKS

  1. Dry clean with a vacuum cleaner to remove detritus, dirt and dust. 
  2. Wash with warm water using a carpet cleaner and adding a neutral detergent if necessary.
  3. Use a soft microfiber cloth.


It is possible to use a steam cleaner as well in order to dissolve and deeply extract stains and dirt trapped inside the fibres. PLYKO® woven floor covering will then regain its original brightness. 

CLEANING BY HAND

CONVENTIONAL CLEANING*
1. Dépoussièrez à l’aspirateur ou au balai.
2. Nettoyez avec un balai-brosse et un seau d’eau chaude avec une solution détergente, et lavez. Séchez en aspirant l’eau avec un « aspirateur à eau » ou avec à l’aide d’un linge doux en microfibre.

NETTOYAGE à FOND**
1. Balayez. Aspirez les poussières.
2. Traitez les taches selon la méthodologie expliquée. Nettoyez avec un balai-brosse et un seau rempli d’eau chaude avec du détergent en frottant le sol. Laissez agir quelques minutes (5 à 10 mm). Ne laissez pas le PLYKO® sécher de lui-même.
3. Rinçez à l’eau claire à l’aide d’un linge en microfibre, jusqu’à disparition de la mousse. Séchez en aspirant l’eau avec un « aspirateur à eau » ou en utilisant un linge doux en microfibre.
* Le lavage périodique doit être réalisé autant de fois que nécessaire. La fréquence peut varier d’une fois par semaine à tous les six mois en fonction de la saison, du temps, du nombre de passages …
** Ce nettoyage en profondeur doit être réalisé lorsque le PLYKO® est très sale. Nous vous recommandons d’effectuer un entretien courant aussi régulièrement que possible, afin de réaliser le nettoyage à fond tous les ans voire tous les deux ans.


LAVAGE MÉCANIQUE

NETTOYAGE COURANT ET ENTRETIEN
1. Dépoussièrez à l’aspirateur ou au balai.
2. Nettoyez avec une machine à injection-extraction avec des rouleaux à poils doux. L’utilisation d’eau chaude avec le minimum de détergent neutre évite le rinçage du PLYKO® par la suite. Procédez au lavage dans le sens de la pose*.

NETTOYAGE à FOND
1. Balayez. Aspirezles poussières.
2. Traitez les taches (cf. méthodologie expliquée p. 25).
3. Utilisez une machine à injection-extraction** munie de rouleaux et utiliser de l’eau chaude avec un détergent alcalin puissant. Humidifiez le PLYKO® et utilisez une brosse et de l’eau avec le détergent, sans aspiration. Procédez toujours au lavage dans le sens de la pose. Laissez agir quelques minutes (5 à 10 mm). Ne laissez pas le PLYKO® sécher de lui-même.
4. Rincez au moins deux fois en utilisant la machine à injection-extraction, avec de l’eau propre, jusqu’à disparition de la mousse.
 
* i.e sens de la longueur.
** Le recours à l’entretien par procédé d’injection extraction doit être réservé à la pose coll
ée.

II est nécessaire de traiter les taches au plus vite, en éliminant les éléments solides avec un objet émoussé (ex. cuillère à café) et les liquides avec un chiffon absorbant. Utilisez de l’eau tiède (avec ou sans détergent fortement dilué) et une brosse douce. Le frottement devrait permettre l’élimination de la tache. Il sera nécessaire d’éliminer tout résidu de détergent en tamponnant avec un chiffon ou à l’aide d’un aspirateur liquides/solides.
Les produits de nettoyage ne doivent être employés que dans des cas bien spécifiques. Les produits fortement alcalins non dilués, les poudres à récurer et les solvants puissants qui pourraient endommager le revêtement de sol sont à proscrire. Utilisez toujours des doses très faibles. Le produit de nettoyage éventuellement employé doit être neutre et son pH compris entre 7 et 8.

  • We recommend

    vacuum cleaner, pure water, neutral detergent and scrubber drye
  • Never use

    Acetone, trichloroethylene, wax, greasy detergent or nail polish remover.