Carpet Tile Installation Instructions

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You've got questions? We've got answers. Below are some of your most frequently asked carpet tile installation questions and our answers. If you don't find what you're looking for below and need more assistance, please call Customer Care at 866.952.4093 or email us atsupport@flor.com for more information.

What is FLOR?

FLOR 19.7” (50 cm) carpet squares come in array of styles consisting of a complementing range of colors and textures. Beautiful on their own or when coordinated together, FLOR carpet tiles allow you the flexibility to create an area rug design individual to your taste, your need and your space.

Putting a FLOR design all together in your home is quick, easy, and creatively fun. From area rugs, to runners, to wall-to-wall floor coverings, FLOR has you covered with area rug assembly guidance, instruction, and options.

Using FLORdots™

Our ingenious, patented FLORdots are what hold the innovative design system of FLOR together. These one-sided, non-toxic adhesives stick to the bottom of each carpet tile - sticky side up. The tile then adheres to its carpet tile neighbor - not to the floor underneath - for sturdy, secure positioning that holds area rugs, runners, and wall-to-wall designs in place.

With FLORdots there’s no need for smelly glues, sharp nails, or even floor pads. Plus, FLOR’s expertly engineered backing is designed to “hug” the floor underneath, making standard rug and carpet padding obsolete.

Once a rug has been “dotted” it cannot be returned so be sure you are satisfied with your design before final application of the FLORdots to the bottom of the carpet tiles.

Where FLOR should go

Clean and smooth floors - Yes. FLOR can be installed virtually in any indoor area that has a clean, hard, dry surface. It can also be installed over smooth, fully-cured (minimum 90 days) concrete floors. Concrete needs to be sealed with a non-solvent based sealer before installing FLOR. Call our Customer Care at 866.952.4093 for recommended sealers.

Over floor treatments - No. FLOR should not be installed over carpeting or padding, because it will cause the squares to separate when weight is applied to the surface.

FLOR carpet tiles cannot be installed over any solvent based sealers. In addition, FLOR carpet tiles should not be installed over floors with hand painted or vintage varnish finish and unfinished waxed floors, because contact with FLOR’s backing could cause damage to the floor underneath.

FLOR carpet tiles are not recommended for outdoor use. As a general rule, FLOR carpet tiles should not be totally submerged or soaked in water or mud. Doing so can deteriorate the materials. For more information, call us at 866.952.4093..

Easy DIY assembly

Carpet Tile Direction

FLOR carpet tiles are assembled in one of three ways:

(1) Monolithically or laying all of the tiles in the same direction. There is a directional arrow on the back of each tile to guide the correct placement.

(2) In a parquet pattern with the tiles (and directional arrows) rotated 90 degrees from each other to form a geometric pattern.

(3) Non-directional, laying tiles in a random pattern.

FLOR will recommend a carpet tile installation direction specific to your own rug design, but the final creative decision is always yours.


Installing an Area rug, Runner, or Wall-to-Wall Design

Preparing to assemble your FLOR is the same when designing an area rug, a runner or a wall-to-wall floorcovering.

  • Clear the area and lay down some of the squares in the area you choose.
  • Once you’ve decided on the position, begin connecting the carpet tiles together using FLORdots (sticky side up) at the corner. Press firmly to secure the FLORdots at the bottom of each tile. Continue on until your design is complete.
  • Once a rug has been “dotted” it cannot be returned so be sure you are satisfied with your design before final application of the FLORdots to the bottom of the carpet tiles..

Trimming Carpet Tiles

How to Trim Your Carpet Tiles

Often it’s necessary to trim carpet tiles for your design, specifically with a wall-to-wall floorcoverings where tiles align with the wall. Area rugs and runners may require trimming for design customizations.

  1. You’ll need a metal, straight edge or a sharp utility knife.
  2. Use the metal edge to guide the knife and score (create a cut groove) the back of the carpet tile a few times to get a clean cut.
  3. You can also utilize our Cutting Services and we’ll do all the work for you. Additional information and pricing on cuts can be found on each product page or by calling 866.952.4093 to learn more.

How to Install FLOR Carpet Tiles

  • Step-by-step instructions and helpful tips for installing FLOR carpet tiles are available in each FLOR box.
  • If you need additional assistance, call our friendly and knowledgeable FLOR Design Consultants at 1.866.952.4093 for help. They’ll talk you through the best way to lay your FLOR tiles, how to use FLORdots, and answer any other questions you may have.
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