Fitting Floor Graphics
Application of Indoor Floor Graphics
Floor graphics can be used on most floors, but is not recommended on the following floors:
- Waxy, rough or porous ceramic tiles or wooden floors
- Textile mats and carpets
- Rubber matting
- Soft PVC matting
- Marble discolouration of the marble might occur as a result of its porous composition.
- Very irregular floor surfaces
Floor Cleaning Prior to Application
Remember, the adhesive for any film graphic will only stick properly if the surface is clean and the film is applied correctly. All floors have to be cleaned and degreased prior to application of your floor graphics. First clean the floor in a conventional way as prescribed by the floor detergent manufacturer. Do not use chemically aggressive detergents. Dry the floor with a lint free cloth.
Then degrease the floor area that has to be covered, using degreasing agents (IPA, White Spirit or similar) and again a lint free cloth. Check again prior to application that there are no dust or dirt particles on the area to be covered.
Applying The Floor Graphic
It is recommended to round off the corners of floor graphics by a radius of at least 5 mm as sharp corners make graphics more vulnerable to damage or delamination. Make sure that the edges of the floor graphic never start at a tile edge or joint or on a parquet floor joint.
Put the laminated graphic upside down and place on a flat surface. From the top edge, peel back about 25 to 30mm of the backing paper or film and crease it, then return the backing film to the original position. This preparation will aid initial adhesion later. Avoid touching the adhesive with your fingers. Important - peel the backing paper away from the laminated graphic and not the laminated graphic from the backing paper.
Determine the exact position where the floor graphic will be applied. Offer the graphic up to the fitting position and hinge the top edge with 50mm ”masking tape – half on the floor and half on the graphic. Check the alignment and when you are satisfied that all is correct, lift the graphic and peel away about 25 to 30mm of the release paper or film from the back. Let the graphic fall into position without the adhesive taking a strong hold and recheck positioning. The folded backing will help keep the adhesive off the surface. Tack the top edge, ensuring that it goes down flat and true. Next, peel away about 100mm of backing film. Start at the top centre and wipe downwards and outwards using a flat squeegee blade. Peel away another 100mm of backing film and continue with overlapping strokes downwards and outwards until finished. Gently remove the masking tape. Pull it across the film at an acute angle not at 90 degrees.
Any bubbles can be pricked using a scalpel or needle and then wiped down. Rounding any corners will help prevent kick up by foot traffic or cleaning machines. After completion of the application, check and resqueegee the edges of the graphic.
Application - Helpful Notes
Ambient temperature range, for fitting, is recommend to be 15°C to 25°C. Most adhesives work better and form a stronger bond when warm. If working in cold conditions below 10°C, the gentle use of a hot air gun on the film, as it is applied, is recommended. If the film or floor is particularly cold, the adhesive will be slow to tack and require longer form a proper bond. Avoid application in very high temperatures as the film can become very soft and difficult to handle and the adhesive will become very tacky with a tendency to “grab” on contact.
Allow at least 30 minutes for the adhesion to build up sufficiently prior to walking on the graphic. All adhesives will “cure” over a period of 6 to 24 hours until full adhesion has been obtained. Avoid walking on, washing, cleaning or otherwise disturbing the graphic for a 24 to 48 hour period if possible.
Vinyl application fluids are designed to make the application of pressure sensitive vinyl and decals quick and easy by allowing you time to position your graphics and remove air bubbles prior to adhesion. The application fluid wets the surface, allowing you to slide the graphics until you get the exact placement. You do not need to worry about the adhesive sticking before you are ready and application fluids are great when working with large graphics. We recommend RAPIDTAC application fluid.
Cleaning the Floor Graphic
The floor graphic can be easily cleaned and has an excellent slip and wear resistance during it's functional life. Short term exposure to water, cleaning agents, IPA (Isopropyl alcohol), diluted acetic acid, salt spray when used on indoor floors, will not damage the surface. Do not use very aggressive floor cleaning agents.
Removal After Use
Removal of floor graphics will be greatly eased by the use of a hot air gun to soften the adhesive as you peel it away from the surface.
Floor graphics can easily be removed, without leaving adhesive residues, by starting the removal at a corner and then continue the removal at 90° angle. Dirty contour edges on the floor may appear after graphic removal: these can be removed through the normal cleaning procedures for the floor to which the graphic was applied.
For more information or advice on fitting floor graphics call Adrian Chambers or Tim Sale on 0117 952 0105 or use the contact form to tell us your requirements, we can suggest the most appropriate solution for your display needs.
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