Abrasion Class (AC) Ratings are denoted in five levels, labeled AC1 - AC5

These first two are not produced by Mohawk Flooring:

  • AC1 is for home use with minimal traffic, like bedrooms or closets.
  • AC2 is suitable for moderate-traffic home use like living rooms and dining rooms.
  • AC3 is ideal for higher traffic and heavy-use residential areas like kitchens or laundry rooms, and can be used in limited light commercial applications
  • AC4 is designed for light commercial use like small retail shops
  • AC5 is the heaviest rating, used in larger commercial settings with high traffic

What tools do I need?

Limited tools are needed to cut and finish the install:

  • Level or string to validate the flatness of your subfloor
  • Moisture test kit for concrete subfloor
  • Power saw recommended with carbide tips (laminate surface is very hard)
  • Jigsaw may be needed for difficult cuts
  • Speed square for marking cut lines
  • Tape measure
  • Install kit is recommended for tapping block and spacers
  • Caulk gun to apply sealant in expansion gaps near water sources

For moldings these additional items are required:

  • Power or manual Philips head screw driver for transition installation
  • Hammer or nailer for quarter round / wall base installation

We provide easy to follow instructions.

  • How to Install Laminate on the Floor
  • How to Install Laminate on the Wall
  • Installation Videos
  • Each carton includes basic install instructions
  • Prepare room in advance by removing carpet (tack strips and nails too), vinyl if torn or worn through, tiles if damaged or uneven
  • The average room of 250-300 sf should take less than 1 day to install
  • A more complex install of halls, multiple doorways & angles will add time

Now you have selected your floor, what more is required?

  • Underlayment is a required if not pre-attached
  • Vapor barrier is required over all concrete subfloors
  • Installation kit to facilitate installation
  • 4-in-1 transitions for doorways, sliding doors or transitions to hard surface or carpet floors
  • Stair nose for drop down transitions
  • Quarter round or wall base for final trim at perimeter

How do I keep my floor looking new?

Laminate floor today is easy to care for and we recommend the following:

  • Use walk on/walk off mats at all outside doors to catch grit and dirt
  • Use a good quality microfiber dust mop or vacuum with a hard surface attachment
  • Check the head is free of metal burrs, screws or trim that could scratch the floor
  • We do not recommend a beater bar attachment be used

Small cleanups can be resolved using a homemade mix

  • In a 32 oz. spray bottle mix either ¼ cup of vinegar OR 2 tsp of non-sudsy ammonia
  • Fill bottle with distilled water
  • Spritz the area and clear with a clean towel or microfiber mop

Mopping the floor using the same homemade solution

  • A gallon of hot water with 1 cup of vinegar or 1/3 cup of non-sudsy ammonia
  • Wring out the mop so it just dampens, then clean the floor
  • Rinse the mop regularly to remove any grit which could scratch the floor

Should a spills occur, don’t panic!

  • Clean spills up as quick as possible and no lasting damage should occur
  • All spills should be cleaned within 30 minutes to prevent damage below the floor

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