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Seagrass Matting Installations

Last updated: February 9, 2018.


How to install seagrass matting:

Seagrass Matting is one of the easiest of our natural floorcoverings to install, you can simply cut the Jute threads between the squares, and lay the runs out to the nearest square, or the following instructions describes how to install Matting more professionally.

1. Firstly Vacuum all dust & loose material from the sub-floor, then lay out the matting in the direction that wastes the minimum amount of material.

2. The next decision comes down to the surface you are installing the matting on, the smoother the surface the more the matting may need to be Fix in place as excessive movement of this type of matting is not highly recommended even though the seagrass matting squares are sewn together with a strong jute thread.

3. If you have Furniture or Non-slip surface like rough concrete or over carpet etc. then skip to step 5.
Note: Installing Seagrass Matting atop a Carpet with pile, may cause the Matting to walk in the nap direction of the carpet.

4. However, if you have a very smooth surface & there will Not be any Furniture to stop the matting slipping back & forth, then it would be advisable either to do one of the following;

A) Loose Lay Matting: Is the Quickest method, if you have purchased our Matting previously, you will already know how durable this matting really is, so Skip to step 5, and give it what you got!

B) Staple matting down: This can be done to Traffic areas and/or the perimeters with 16mm long, narrow Staples, you can purchase these Guns cheaply from Hardware stores, they fire "picture framing type staples"...if you have penetrable Timber flooring.

c) Glue installation: This product can either be totally glued down, or apply small strips to where the high Traffic will be, or again you can even use a grid pattern using 3~5mm height beads of Liquid Nails purchased from most hardware's.

Matting should be laid into all glue whilst wet (if glue comes through the matting use less), the weight of the matting is not sufficient to press the glue into the glue properly, you can grab a rectangle or square length of timber, wrap a towel Flatly & Smoothly around it, whilst on your knees applying just enough pressure to push Wet/Tacky adhesive into the back of the matting.

At this stage you can start walking all over the matting, just DON"T Vacuum or Drag items on the matting for 15~20 minutes, depending on the temperature. (If you happen to mess this up & miss a few areas, you can simply cut between a few squares and apply the adhesive.

Recommend Glue: Mapei Ultrabond ECO® 220, it comes in 15Ltr Drums ($80 drum), allow 2~3 Litres per Sq mt.

There are many other suitable glues on the market.

NB: You can also use Clear Silicon to glue it in place, but it will take several hours to dry !

5. If possible, start the first run by skirting the matting up against the longest wall or skirting boards and another wall if it is at 90° angle, then these two walls will not need cutting, thus saving time, whilst leaving the remainder of a square up the opposite end or side wall, you now only need to cut the matting in net with a knife or shears.

If there are doorway drops on either of these skirted walls, it may be a lot easier to simply leave these drops or doorway areas until last, using off-cuts or single squares to fill these sections, is usually better.

6. Once fitted & cut-in, you may want to stop any possible fraying of the seagrass squares that were cut during installation, it is best to simply apply a 3~5mm bead of PVA glue (white woodwork glue) close to the wall & on TOP, and on the outer edge of the cut squares for a better finish, then using your finger or Toothbrush & rub the PVA glue into the matting gently, then before it totally dries, use the tooth brush to rub/scrub the PVA glue into the matting.  We recommend to use Aquadhere or Maxibond brands of PVA glue as the better quality PVA brands dry clearer, clean up your hands & tools with tap water afterwards.
NB: Use Exterior PVA glue, should the Rugs be getting wet & drying naturally.

7. Cleaning & Vacuuming: Many customers prefer to loose-lay Seagrass Matting, as it is easy to lift and vacuum beneath to remove sand & dust over time.
Cutting between the squares is fine to get to or replace worn areas without moving the furniture, as the Matting will lay back flat after vacuuming, simply use fishing line to tie squares back together if required.

JOINING:

Sewing Method: Lay the First Run the correct way up, then lay the next Rum OR Piece UPSIDE DOWN & simply Sew joins together OR tie enough knots together with Clear Fishing line if you have a Large Needle.

Gluing Method: Use Liquid Nails OR PVA glue OR any clear Silicon to adhere the matting together to the floor.

Heat Taping Method: If you know a carper layer/installer or you hire a Heat Iron from the likes of Kennards etc. you can heat tape the joins and fills together for a strong & quick method of joining, this obviously adds a cost to the fitting - but simply provides a quicker joining method.

NB: If using a clear roof/bathroom type Silicon, it takes a lot longer to dry & you defiantly should NOT walk on the flooring during drying as it will weaken the bonding of the material to it's self &/or the sub floor, as silicon takes several hours to dry.

Tools & Materials needed:

TOOLS:

  • Steel tape measure.
  • Cartridge gun to apply Liquid Nails or Silicon. (available from most hardware stores).
  • Sharp Stanley type Knife and/or hobby Sheers for cutting the carpet to shape.
  • Narrow head staple gun (if planning to staple down) can be purchased from Bunnings for $40.00.

MATERIALS:

  • PVA (wood work) glue to stop the lifting or fraying of cut squares. (a good quality PVA glue dries clear)
  • Any Liquid nails adhesive to glue the matting to the sub floor (clear Silicon takes longer to dry).
  • Fishing line or Juts thread can be useful if you want to sew the squares together.

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