Having installed the RFT raised access floor, sufficient protection and maintenance will prolong its life, uphold the quality of its performance and ensure that it operates to its design specifications. To that end, the following maintenance guidelines are provided.
Do not allow immediate foot traffic access to newly installed floors. Instead, allow adhesive to cure for a minimum of 48 hours, at which time check adhesive conditions. Should the adhesive not have set properly, isolate area for another 24 hours or until adhesive is fully cured. Curing times may vary; increase curing time under particularly cold conditions. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in rocking, lipping and changes in panel levels.
Movement of equipment
When moving or installing equipment, the specified load performance guidelines must not be exceeded. Do not overload. Special care must be taken when moving equipment on wheels or castors, as this changes the distribution of the load to a concentrated load thus amplifying the weight transmitted to the floor. Please consult technical data sheet for details. Similarly, care must be applied to the panel finishes. Dragging sharp, pointed or jagged edges may cause irreparable damage such as scratching to the finish.
Exposure to water
E xcessive exposure to water, as in flooding, may cause permanent damage and can not be guaranteed in terms of performance. In such cases, panels should be replaced.
Periodically inspect your RFT raised access floor installation for any sign of damage or deterioration. Early detection ensures timely problem rectification hence increasing the lifespan and performance of the product.
Maintenance and Use
Once the adhesive has set and the raised access floor area is fully operational, the system requires very little in terms of maintenance.
The panel finish
RFT floors are not watertight unless specified. Clean the floor regularly by using a mild detergent and a damp mop. Avoid excessive water as this may damage the floor finish and sub-floor services.
RFT raised access floors should be relatively sealed at the time of installation, however, dust and debris can enter the sub-floor through outlets, steps, and other openings and cut-outs. Iti st h e r e f o r e recommended to periodically vacuum clean the sub-floor to rid it of accumulated dust. On average, one annual cleaning should be sufficient.
To clean the sub-floor, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Remove panels vertically using a Double Cup Panel Lifter. Do not use inappropriate tools as those might damage the panels
- Remove the minimum number of panels at one time. Leave a minimum of two rows of intact panels between rows of removed panels at any one time
- Avoid creating isolated clusters of panels at all times. Vacuum clean the sub-floor and make sure the pedestal heads are clean before replacing the panels
- Replace the panels in the same rotation. Do not drop, kick or otherwise abuse a panel into position