Tools You Will Need
When you receive the cork tiles, remove them from the boxes 4 days before you’re going to install them. Carefully cut down opposite corners to open the boxes and lift out the tiles, making sure not to break the corners. Let the tiles acclimate to your normal room temperature for 4 days. You should also shuffle or blend the tiles as there is naturally some shading variations. If you have any concerns about the tiles, do not install them. Installation signifies acceptance of the materials.
Substrate should be smooth and free of dirt, waxes, polish, old adhesives, paint and voids. Bumps or seams will telegraph through the tiles.
Lay out your pattern as you would for any tile work. Chalk your lines onto the floor or walls for wall installations.
Once the first cork tile is in place, align the next tile tight to the edges of the first.
Press the second tile tightly against the edges of the first tile. Pay attention to your alignment with each tile and you can compression fit the tiles to stay in alignment as necessary. Use a straight edge to align the tiles. Initially you can slap the face of the tile in place and then you must use a rubber mallet to ensure contact, particularly around the edges and corners. Tiles must be hit with the mallet for positive contact between substrate and tile. You can also use a batten board for this process. Tiles can be cut with a utility knife.
Continue in the same fashion as above.
If construction is continuing in the room after the cork floor is installed, protect the floor tiles with roll paper or masonite, not with plastic or carpet. Do Not use any type of tape to tape something to the newly finished floor, not even Painters Blue Tape.
Moisture can cause problems. Be sure there are no water drainage problems and if installing on a concrete subfloor, be sure the moisture in the slab is less than 3#/1000ft in a calcium chloride test.
Let the adhesive on the subfloor dry to a tacky state before laying the tiles. It will dry to a clear appearance in roughly 45-60 mins unless you have high humidity at the site.