Cork Wall Tile Install Guide
Installation Guidelines for AmCork Cork Wall Tiles
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AmCork Install Guide - Cork Wall Tiles
PREPARATION / ACCLIMATIZATION
Open cartons must be at job site for 48-72 hours prior to cork tile installation. During cork wall tile storage and installation, maintain temperature and relative humidity to level consistent to conditions that will prevail when building is occupied. With improper acclimation, the tiles could expand or contract after installation. Substrates can be drywall, plywood, particleboard, or cured dry concrete. Substrate must be clean, dry, smooth, & moisture and dust free prior to installing wall tile.
WALL TILE INSTALLATION
For best cork wall tile installation results, lay tiles with staggered joints (brick pattern). Mix tiles from various cartons to maintain natural variation of color and pattern. A utility knife or table saw can be used to cut the cork wall covering.
APPLICATION OF ADHESIVE
Use Liquid Nails “FUZE IT”. This adhesive is GREENGUARD Gold certified and has a fast-acting strong bond to virtually any surface for wall or ceiling applications. The adhesive is available at Home Depot & Lowe’s. Coverage is one 9-10 oz. caulking tube per 22 sqft. Apply a ¼” bead of adhesive around the backside perimeter of the wall tile and from all corners to the center forming an “X”. Using a hand roller, apply pressure to cork in every direction in order to set the tiles.
Command Strips have been recommended by our customers for temporary or non-permanent projects. Substrate should be cleaned free of dust and dirt. AmCork cannot guarantee installations of non-permanent applications.
WALL TILE FINISHING
Most wall tiles are factory protected with a wax finish. Some styles are available without a finish. You may use a food grade mineral oil made by Howard labeled "Butcher Block & Cutting Board Oil". If you are not using the tiles as a bulletin board you may also use a water based clear polyurethane such as "Verathane" also available at most hardware stores including Home Depot & Lowe's. Flame Stop, Inc. produces a fire retardant that can be sprayed on to unfinished tiles to obtain a Class C fire rating. The products identification is Flame Stop II.
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Cork board wall tiles can be cleaned using a damp clean cloth.Tiles can be cleaned using a damp clean cloth. Cork wall tiles, like any other wood or cork floor, will fade if exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.