A range of high-performance products from F. Ball and Co Ltd. have been used in the refurbishment of a luxury London hotel.

For hospitality and leisure facilities, subfloor preparation products should complement high-quality floorcoverings to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing finish, while also having the strength to withstand footfall over a long period of time. It is, therefore, imperative that optimum floor preparation products are used in order to deliver long-lasting, high-quality floors.

CASE STUDY Such was the case at 5-star luxury Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, London, where Styccobond F3 and Styccobond F40 flooring adhesives were among the high-performance F. Ball products used to refurbish the flooring.

Flooring contractors from Welwyn Design were called to the hotel after the proprietors decided that the main ballroom and the corridors leading to it were in need of refurbishment. On arrival, the contractors found that the carpet floorcoverings had already been removed, as refurbishment work was already underway at the hotel. The concrete subfloors were dry, clean and in good condition, so there was no need to install a levelling compound prior to the installation of the new flooring.

By using high performance, market-leading products, contractors were able to achieve the perfect finish required for such an illustrious hotel, applying new luxury Axminster carpet throughout the 4,000m2


OPTIMUM ADHESIVES With the hotel ballroom and corridors receiving a significant amount of foot-traffic all year round, it was crucial that the installation was durable. Once the subfloors had been prepared, contractors applied Styccobond F40 to create a release bond for the new installation. Once the adhesive had dried, the contractors installed a new underlay to protect the carpet and to provide added comfort. Styccobond F3 was then used to permanently bond the new 12-row Axminster carpet to the 4,000m2

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Styccobond F40 High Tack Adhesive is a synthetic polymer emulsion designed to provide a dual bond system. It can also be used as a permanent or release bond adhesive when fixing carpets. It is water based, and dries to form a transparent, permanently tacky coating.

The type of bond achieved when using Styccobond F40 is dependent on when the floorcovering is laid into the adhesive. By laying the new underlay once Styccobond F40 had dried to a tacky coating, contractors ensured that the new carpet installation could be lifted when required without significant damage being done to the subfloor or the floorcoverings. This ensures that future replacement flooring refurbishments can be undertaken quickly and easily.

With over 40 years on the market, Styccobond F3 is recognised as the UK’s most used flooring adhesive. It is a water-based rubber/resin flooring adhesive which offers excellent wet grab and benefits from an early build up of strength. It is also protected against bio-degradation.

THE VERDICT Commenting on the use of F. Ball products at the Grosvenor House hotel, Simon Gauduchon, Director of Welwyn Design, said: “We’ve used F. Ball products for 30 years and we’ve never had any issues. The products always work well, and their reps are always available if you need any advice.”

He further commented: “Obviously with such a large job for a very high-profile client, we couldn’t risk anything going wrong. With F. Ball you know exactly what you’re going to get: good, reliable products.”

With the right preparation products, floors in hospitality and leisure facilities can boast the optimum conditions for both aesthetic and practical, long-lasting purposes.

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