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TrafficMaster Allure 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case)

Use TrafficMaster Allure 6 in. x 36 in. Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring to add the warm, comfortable style of real wood to your interior living space. The highly durable, water-resistant flooring is great for use in basements, kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas. The floating floor installs over most existing surfaces including concrete, wood and vinyl. It offers a patented GripStrip design for simple installation.
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can this be laid directly over an existing tile floor without using a leveling compound or underlayment?

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Tripmom
WPB
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
August 28, 2014
if an underlayment or leveling compound is needed, what is recommended?
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AuntBee
St. Augustine, FL
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November 4, 2014
Yes, unless the floor is extremely uneven. I would recommend using any of the floor levelers (sold in the tile section) instead of an underlayment if used in a bathroom or kitchen because of water issues.
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HalsteadExpert
August 29, 2014
Thank you for your question. As long as your grout lines are 1/8" or less. If you have large grout lines or bumpy tile I would skim coat the product first.
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What products should be used to clean scuff marks and spills?

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Florida girl
Orlando, Fl
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
June 19, 2013
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19611979
Dayton, OH, USA
April 29, 2014
Soap and water did fine
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mombeej
October 29, 2013
Vinegar and water
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ParticularInPalmCoast
Palm Coast FL USA
September 17, 2013
All of the research I read said only water and their Allure Single Step Cleaner and Polish (HD sells). I have not tried it yet. Half the reviews say it's great, others say it leaves a haze (maybe they used too much and didn't buff it correctly afterward). I spilled paint on some of my planks a day after installation, and used a product called CeramaBryte that came with my glasstop cook stove. It worked like a champ, left no scratches, got the paint up fine without a trace (it was a lot of paint!) Be sure to use the non-abrasive pads recommended with the CeramaBryte, I did. I might try baking soda on an extra uninstalled plank to see how that works for food spills, etc.
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MrBill
Columbia, SC, USA
June 19, 2013
Hi Florida Girl,
Any spills we've encountered clean up easily with soap and water. We haven't had any scuff marks to deal with, but being in the cleaning business, I would suggest a dry not too abrasive sponge, place it under the toes of your shoe and rub like an eraser. I believe Mr. Clean makes a product like this. Just don't use anything too abrasive, this isn't ceramic tile.
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Since this floor floats, can you use an electric floor warming mat like SunTouch under these floors?

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Shakespearejones
Half Moon Bay, CA
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
May 20, 2013
 
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fns127e
Van Buren, MO, USA
January 29, 2014
We asked the same question and the associate at the Home Depot store called both the heating mat company and the flooring company and asked each of them while I was there. We found you can use the heating mat with the TrafficMaster Allure, by embedding the mat in at least 1/4" on a leveling compound, before installing the flooring.
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HalsteadExpert
May 22, 2013
yes, as long as the product does not exceed temperatures of 85 degrees
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Gustav1
Aurora, Colorado
May 22, 2013
I would think this would not be advisable. The manufacturer suggests using a blo dryer to soften the adhesive if you need to replace a panel. I would think the heat from a heat warming mat might soften the adhesive enough to make the panels slip or separate.
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Papadon
Barboursville, WV, USA
May 22, 2013
The following statement came from the Alure installation directions packed with the product. We've had ours down for over a month....it's terrific and the den is next. Good luck....

"Electric and Hydro systems are acceptable. Subfloors
should have been operational for at least one
week prior to installation to calibrate temperature
settings. The temperature should never exceed
85F (30C) during and after installation. Radiant
components must be a minimum of ½" below
allure flooring."
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MrBill
Columbia, SC, USA
May 21, 2013
Greetings from SC,
Not knowing what temperatures you expect to generate with this warming mat, I would be reluctant to add any heat to a vinyl floor. The floor "floats" in that it is not directly secured to the subfloor, each piece is glued to itself, adding heat may compromise the adhesive and with expansion and contraction the floor as well. Radiant warming devices are usually applied beneath floors where this is not an issue, tile or hardwood for example.
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Can cork or other noise reducing underlayment be used under Allure.

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DG
Troy NY
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January 19, 2013
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MrBill
Columbia, SC, USA
June 19, 2013
Hi DG,
My only concern with using cork would be its sponginess and likelihood of movement. You don't want an underlayment that is going to move. Allure "floats" by itself and needs a solid, movement free subfloor. Movement under Allure would encourage the seams and adhesive to eventually fail. Visit your local HD flooring department or an independent flooring specialist and ask for a recommendation for a "noise reducing" subfloor to use under Allure. Also, rent a commercial floor roller, it's worth the investment. Good luck.
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Papadon
Barboursville, WV, USA
April 9, 2013
I think it would be an unnecessary added expense. This allure flooring is quiet, especially if you take the time to rent a 100# roller...that really sets the glue together and removes any bubbles or spaces that would make a noise when you walk over them. One other thought, although cork is quiet, I believe it would show a "path" over time because of the constant pressure. I installed 800 sq ft over an existing commercial tile floor and it is super quiet.
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HalsteadExpert
January 24, 2013
Unfortunately not at this moment, we are working on a few options now
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Cork can't be used under his floor "at his moment" Why not? I ordered it and planned to use it..

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DG
Troy NY
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
January 24, 2013
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Papadon
Barboursville, WV, USA
May 22, 2013
Cork is compressible and traffic patterns would be apparent quickly. The space between the bottom of the allure and the surface of the cork would be contrary to the manufacturers requirement of a smooth solid surface. Also, why would you use cork as a subfloor?
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HalsteadExpert
January 25, 2013
Our product is not made to be used with any soft underlayment underneath. If cork is used under Allure it will cause the flooring to lift or seperate over time. The grip strips will ahve too much movement and could fail.
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what do you suggest for base boards when using allure dark lisbon flooring?

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Jennie
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
July 5, 2012
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Papadon
Barboursville, WV, USA
April 9, 2013
I've always liked 4" poplar if you are going to stain your trim or the primed pine if you are going to paint. It really depends on how much you want to accent the floor, doors, windows, etc in your room. You can also use vinly cove base, especially if it's in a damp area like a bathroom or laundry room. Leave a 1/4" space between the flooring and your finished wall to allow the floor to move with varying temperatures. I'd put pennies under the baseboard to make sure the vinyl flooring isn't pinched.
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MrBill
Columbia, SC, USA
March 12, 2013
Hi Jennie, I used the dark lisbon cork in our laundry room. If you have new construction, you can use any type of finish baseboards you wish. Whatever style you like. If it's a remodel, I would remove the existing baseboards with a wide (6 inch) putty knife and reuse them once the Allure is installed. Or you could replace the baseboard you removed with any style that suits you. As far as finishing the baseboards go, it may be more difficult to match a stain color to the Allure as opposed to painting the baseboards white. Again, personal preference applies here.
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pamelasown
February 26, 2013
Jennie - you can use any type of baseboard that you would like. They do offer a matching product but we found that a stained pine baseboard gave us the look that we were going for.
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EverydayDIYer2012
Maryland
October 9, 2012
If you are looking for a clean, modern look, I think white European style baseboards beautifully enhance the dark lisbon flooring. HD carries a number of molding options that would also work but if you are handy with a saw, hammer and paint brush. European style baseboards are super easy and inexpensive to DIY.
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HalsteadExpert
July 10, 2012
Thank you for your question...we do not offer at this time matching finishing moldings. You could pick a laminent that come close or stain a wood piece to match.
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I want to use this as a back splash. What do I use for adhesive?

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backsplash
Defiance Oh
about 6 in. x 36 in. Chandler Cork Dark Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / case) on
November 13, 2012
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Papadon
Barboursville, WV, USA
April 9, 2013
I believe the instructions that accompany the Allure vinyl planking do not recommend using it for vertical applications.
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MrBill
Columbia, SC, USA
March 12, 2013
I would use any good contact adhesive. Apply the adhesive to the non glue strip sections, otherwise apply the allure onto each other as you would on a floor with the glue strips interlocking. Remember when you apply the first row of your backsplash, remove the bottom glue strip and the left hand glue strip if working left to right. Apply the adhesive to the non glue strip areas, it is similar to formica.
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HalsteadExpert
November 30, 2012
If you use this product as a backsplash it will void the warranty. Also, be careful that it is not too close to a stove as it might melt. You can use any approved vinyl adhesive.
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AskMrJay
November 15, 2012
Hey there backsplash,

For putting this product on the wall, you'd be best to use a fastener/adhesive combo. Use small finishing nails to hold the product up and stay hidden, and a Paneling and Moulding adhesive to keep it stuck to the wall.

Bare in mind though, that by doing this you are voiding the warranty on the product as it's meant to be used on horizontal surfaces and without any sort of adhesives.
 
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