Globus Cork - Tile Installation Guide
Installation Guide for Globus Cork Tiles
Tools You'll Need
Pack of Extra Blades for Knife
9" Wide - 3/8" (med.) Nap Foam Paint Roller
9" Paint Roller Handle
Chalk Line w/ Chalk
25' Tape Measure|
4" Utility Paint Brush
9" Shurline-style Paint Pad (for finish)
Deep Dish Paint Pan
When you receive the cork tiles, remove them from the boxes 4 days
before you're going to install them. Carefully cut down opposite
corners to open the boxes and lift out the tiles, making sure not to
break the corners. Let the tiles acclimate to your normal room
temperature for 4 days. You should also shuffle or blend the tiles as
there is naturally some shading variations. If you have any concerns
about the tiles, do not install them. Installation signifies acceptance
of the materials.
Substrate should be smooth and free of dirt, waxes, polish, old adhesives, paint and voids. (Please see Globus Cork Subfloor Requirements). Bumps or seams will telegraph through the tiles.
Layout your pattern as you would for any tile work. Chalk your lines onto the floor or walls for wall installations.
Apply adhesive to perimeter of the room using a paintbrush. Brush
adhesive close to the inside corner. If adhesive should hit the wall,
simply wipe off with a moist towel or rag. (If adhesive should dry on
any undesirable surface, simply rub off. Use no thinners or removers)
Using a paint roller with a medium nap refill, apply the adhesive to
your substrate as you would in painting a substrate. (Apply adhesive
over the chalk lines. Adhesive will dry clear.)
The adhesive is considered dry when it turns clear and is tacky to the
touch (roughly 30-60 minutes depending on humidity). Be sure it reaches
this state before continuing. Once adhesive is dry, carefully align the
tile edge to the chalk line. Once tiles touch the adhesive, the tiles
will grab to the substrate. If a mistake is made, slowly peel up the
cork tile with the aid of a putty knife, using a slicing motion, cut
the adhesive free from the substrate and or tile. Reapply the adhesive
to these areas.
Once the first cork tile is in place, align the next tile tight to the
edges of the first. Press the second tile tightly against the edges of
the first tile. Pay attention to your alignment with each tile and you
can compression fit the tiles to stay in alignment as necessary.
Initially you can slap the face of the tile in place and then you must
use a rubber mallet to ensure contact, particularly around the edges
and corners. Tiles must be hit with the mallet for positive contact
between substrate and tile. You can also use a batten board for this
process. Tiles can be cut with a utility knife - Tip: change the blade
often for easier cutting. Never cut a tile while it is laying on top of
Continue in the same fashion as above. Do not allow any traffic onto
dry adhesive. This will cause a coating of dirt onto the adhesive and
inhibit it from being effective in holding the tiles.
When applying the top coat of finish on site, vacuum the tiles and
seams first and then clean with a very dry sponge, or mop. Globus Cork
tiles are shipped with several coats of finish. This final top coat
helps to protect the underlying adhesive from water.
Finish can be applied with the use of a 3/8" foam roller. Best results
is to use a pull foam applicator. This will prevent air bubbles from
possibly forming. (Shureline 9" applicator pad works very well). Apply
a fairly thick coat of finish in a single pass motion. DO NOT make a
"scrubbing or waxing motion" by going back and forth on the same cork
tiles, simply go over them once with a thick coat. Let the finish dry
for 4 hours before walking on it without shoes. After 24 hours, you can
walk on the tiles with shoes. Do not use rubber-soled shoes on the new
floor for several days as this might cause smudging to occur during the
hardening period. Final hardness is achieved after 8 days.
If construction is continuing in the room after the cork floor is
installed, protect the floor tiles with roll paper or masonite, not
with plastic or carpet.
Wait for a 2 week period before washing the floor
- Instructions for wall installations are the same.
(do not paint) the subfloor with a color similar to the tiles. This
way if you are off in laying the tile and have a gap between tiles, the
gap will be less obvious. Use a water-based stain, not an oil-based one (see Safecoat Durostain, water-based stains).
- Cork is a natural wood product and even the colored cork product will
have some shade variations due to the underlying variations of the
natural cork. Before starting your project, you should shuffle the
tiles to ensure that color variations are randomly placed throughout
the floor area.
- Moisture can cause problems. Be sure there are no water drainage
problems and if installing on a concrete subfloor, be sure the moisture
in the slab is less than 3#/1000ft in a calcium chloride test.
- Let the adhesive on the subfloor dry to a tacky state before
laying the tiles. It will dry to a clear appearance in roughly 45-60
mins unless you have high humidity at the site.
- Never use an abrasive, oil or ammonia-based cleaning product !
- Vacuum, sweep, dry or damp mop the installed floor regularly. Do not flood the floor with water.
- Clean the floor by using a damp mop regularly with a
ph-balanced detergent such as Liquid Joy or another mild soap to clean
and keep the surface free of grit or sand.
- Refresh the finish on the cork tiles on a regular basis with
another coat of our finish or our floor dressing products. Apply every
9-12 months for a residential installation and more frequently for a
commercial installation. Frequency is dependent upon usage.