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Jelinek Cork Mosaic installation

Jelinek Cork Mosaic installation is similar to typical ceramic or mosaic tile installation using the glue then grout method.

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Subfloor Preparation:

First and foremost, the existing substrate should be checked for stability. If any areas are loose or weak, be certain it is fully secure. Small cracks or screw holes should be filled, ensuring that the compound being used is one that does not crack or shrink, will bond well with your substrate, and is compatible with the adhesive. Always check with the manufacturer of the filler compound prior to use. It is extremely important that the floor is perfectly flat and smooth. Failure to do so may result in individual rounds being higher or lower than the next, which will result in damage to those areas once installed. Also ensure the area is clean, including complete removal of vinyl tiles, old adhesives, loose or weak concrete, dirt, debris, and any other contaminant that may impact the bonding of the Jelinek Cork Mosaic.

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Moisture Precautions:

Jelinek Cork Mosaic floors should never be installed over any areas where there is any indication of moisture beneath subfloors. Moisture problems are especially common in basements or on freshly poured concrete or levelling compounds not completely cured. It is the responsibility of the installer to test for any signs of moisture. All subfloor moisture problems must be permanently eliminated prior to installation. If unsure of how to fix a moisture problem, it is best to contact a professional for sound advice and/or repair.

Note concerning installations in damp/wet areas:

These installation instructions are for standard applications using water-based contact cement. Though Jelinek Cork Mosaic is perfectly suitable in damp areas such as pool surrounds and bathrooms, we do not recommend installing the cork mosaic in completely submerged areas. Before beginning installation, be sure to read over and fully understand each step of the installation instructions.

Important Note: Jelinek Cork Mosaic tiles must be placed in the area being installed and left to acclimatize for a minimum of 72 hours prior to the installation.

  • Recommended adhesive:Water-based Contact Cement
  • 1.Before applying adhesive, dry-lay and perhaps pre-cut Jelinek Cork Mosaic sheets where they will be installed.

    2.Ensure that the sub floor or area being installed is clean and free of dust, dirt or debris as are the back side of the Jelinek Cork Mosaic tiles.


    3.Evenly apply water-based contact cement across the prepared substrate and the back of the Jelinek Cork Mosaic sheets according to manufacturer’s instructions. This is best done with a lint free or sponge roller to ensure maximum coverage. Always follow the Manufacturer’s instructions as shown on the adhesive containers. Note: The contact cement must be applied to both the subfloor and the back of the cork tile and left until fully dry to the touch prior to attempting install. Failure to do this may result in partial or no bond.

    4.Once the contact cement is fully dry, carefully place each Jelinek Cork Mosaic sheet onto the adhesive. Make sure to use even pressure as this ensures each piece is firmly adhered and the sheets are level.

    Note: Contact cement adheres on contact. Be sure the sheets are where you want them to be as there is very little room for movement.

    5.Place the sheets next to one another as you install. If any additional sheets need to be cut, Jelinek Cork Mosaic can be cut and shaped with a sharp utility knife.

    6.Once all tiles have been installed, remove the plastic film from the top of the Jelinek Cork Mosaic tiles.

    7.If staining the tiles, do so now. Again, stain per manufacturer’s instructions and allow to dry fully before proceeding to step 8. Recommended: Water-based wood stain. It is also recommended to test the stain on a spare piece of tile before staining the whole floor.

    Note: Individual cork rounds may absorb stain differently. This allows for a natural and unique look.


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