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Flotex FAQ's

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions about Flotex.

For installation, cleaning & maintenance guide and videos: Installation & Floorcare section

For technical datasheets (Fire, slip and technical specs: Technical & Warranty Section

What is Flotex?

About Flotex Flocked Flooring

Flotex flocked flooring is a completely unique textile flooring that combines the hard wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient floor with the quality, warmth, comfort, and acoustics of a carpet.

Key benefits of Flotex
• Straight nylon 6.6 fibres (flocked) releases 30% more dirt than conventional carpet
• Tiles & Planks have a 19 dB cushioned backing provides comfort and acoustic performance
• 100% waterproof
• R12 slip resistant surface even when wet!
• Approved by Allergy UK - proven to have positive impact on lives of allergy sufferers
• Able to withstand extreme wear and castor chair traffic


Is Flotex anti-static?

Yes. Branded carbon impregnated fibre is mingled with nylon flock at manufacture providing a lifetime anti-static warranty for sensitive electronic environments. Flotex Tile complies with AS2834.2.1: 1995 Computer accommodation.

Can Flotex be laid over underfloor heating?

Yes. The heating will be turned off 24 hours prior to installation and will not be turned back on again unit 24 hours afterward when the adhesive has cured.
Installing over underfoot heating factsheet

Does Flotex have any environmental attributes?

Flotex is manufactured at ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified facilities with strict quality, pollution, energy and emission controls using 100% green electricity.

Flotex Tile is made with 100% recycled backing which equates to 67% by weight and can be fully recycled at end of life. Flotex is also BRE Global certified to Scheme Document SD 028 (Building Research Establishment) which includes international compliance for low VOC emissions. It is certified Green Tag Level A.

Flotex Sheet GreenTag Level A Certificate
Flotex Tile GreenTag Level A Certificate
Forbo Flotex Sheet - EPD
Forbo Flotex tile - EPD
Greentag Level A Flotex Sheet
Greentag Level A tile
Product Stewardship

Can I use double sided tape for Flotex tiles?

Forbo recommends using a high tackifier (pressure sensitive) adhesive. Such as Forbo PS1 TIle fix. The use of tapes and spray carpet adhesives are not recommended with any Forbo Flotex or carpet tile product(s).

For further installation advice, please visit the Flotex installation & Floorcare section.

PS1 tackifer adhesive for flotex tiles

What is Flotex manufactured from?

Flotex Tile/ Plank is made up from a solid vinyl reinforced base with a densely flocked surface of nylon 6.6 fibres, that are anchored firmly into the base layer. It has approximately 70 million fibres per square metre on the surface and has a multi layered construction to give it great dimensional stability.

Watch our video about the production of Flotex!

Where can Flotex be used?

Flotex is suitable for use in schools, universities, childcare, libraries, offices, airports, trains, buses, medical centres, hospitals, aged care, sporting facilities, community centres, retail, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, shopping centres, accommodation etc.

Flotex Tile meets the fire standards for all building classifications including 9A and fires isolated exists.

Is Flotex the same as traditional carpet?

No, Flotex is a unique flooring that combines the hard wearing and durable attributes of a resilient floor with the quality, comfort, warmth and acoustic of carpet.

Flotex is bonded with millions of straight, upright nylon fibres into an impervious vinyl base at a density of over 70 million fibres in every square metre.

Traditional carpets are not waterproof and are made of loops and twists that trap dirt and stain.

Flotex Flocked Flooring

Is Flotex suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers?

Is Flotex® suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers?

Flotex has been accepted into the Sensitive Choice program an initiative of the National Asthma Council of Australia and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand, which helps identify products that are better suited for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Flotex is also the only textile constructed flooring to be approved by the British Allergy Foundation and has been certified with the seal of approval.
For more information about our Allergy UK approved products

Allergy UK logo

In what sort of hardwearing environments will Flotex perform well?

Flotex Tile is castor chair resistant and will even perform well under a table tennis table or in sporting facilities.

gym flooring - flotex

How do I install Flotex tiles?

Watch our video!

Download our installation guide

Flotex Tile | Installation & Setout sequence

How do I get rid of chewing gum on Flotex?

Cleaning Flotex

To remove chewing gum, sweets, plasticine, modelling clay simply freeze with a suitable freezing agent and break off brittle pieces.

If necessary, wipe sparingly with suitable cleaning fluid.

Cleaning Flotex Flocked Flooring

How do I spot clean Flotex?

Watch our video about how to spot clean flotex below

What do I do if a stain comes back?

Tips on cleaning flotex

If a stain comes back, either the spillage has not been properly removed or there may be detergent residue left behind. Soak with warm water then scrape, scrub, rinse. For larger areas use a hot water extraction machine.

Tip: Remeber, a little detergent goes a long way. Rinsing is extremely important - always ensure that all detergent has been removed. We recommend using a very weak pH neutral detergent; about one part detergent and one hundred parts water.

Flotex Stain chart

Flotex Spotcleaning

Does Flotex complies with BCA C1.10 fire standard?

Yes, Flotex achieves a CRF >8kW/m2 & <750% smoke development. Flotex can also be used vertically on walls in certain areas. Contact us for further information.

Download our test report here:

Forbo Flotex AS/NZS 4586 Slip report
Forbo Flotex plank and tile AS 9239.1 fire test floors
Forbo Flotex sheet AS 9239.1 Fire test floors