FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Sprung floors

What sprung floors do you have in your range?

We supply four sprung floors which are Harlequin Activity, Harlequin Liberty, Harlequin Vitality and Harlequin WoodSpring.

How is a Harlequin sprung floor supplied?

This depends upon the Harlequin sprung floor you choose. Harlequin Activity and Harlequin WoodSpring are installed by our highly-skilled technical team. This is also true of Harlequin Liberty, although you can install this yourself and it’s supplied as 1m x 1m or 2m x 1m panels. Our only fully self-install sprung floor is Harlequin Vitality, which comes in 0.6m x 2.4m panels.

How do you install a Harlequin sprung floor?

This depends upon the Harlequin sprung floor you choose. Harlequin Activity and Harlequin WoodSpring are installed by our highly-skilled technical team. This is also true of Harlequin Liberty, although you can install this yourself. Our only fully self-installed sprung floor is Harlequin Vitality.

Can you use a Harlequin sprung floor outside?

Yes but only when you use it in dry conditions or it’s under cover and it’s placed on a flat surface. For example, cobbles and grass would not provide a good base for a Harlequin sprung floor.

Vinyl floors

How many vinyl floors do you supply?

We supply nine different vinyl floors which are Harlequin Allegro, Harlequin Cascade, Harlequin Fiesta, Harlequin Hi-Shine, Harlequin Marine, Harlequin Reversible, Harlequin Showfloor, Harlequin Standfast and Harlequin Studio.

Do you supply Marley floors?

Marley Floors Ltd originally manufactured a double-sided floor for dance but their production line closed in 1977. Their Export Sales Manager, Bob Dagger decided to set up Harlequin Floors and began production of the same floor, which he called Harlequin Reversible. Many people still ask for a 'Marley floor' instead of a vinyl floor, which it actually is.

How can a Harlequin vinyl floor be laid?

A permanent vinyl floor is stuck down with adhesive and can’t be removed without risking damage to the floor. A semi-permanent vinyl floor is loose-laid using double-sided tape and then welded at the seams. The seams can later be cut and the floor taken up. A portable vinyl floor is rolled out and the seams are either covered with tape or temporarily secured to the sub-floor on the underside with double-sided tape.

Can you use a Harlequin vinyl floor outside?

Yes but only when you use it in dry conditions or it’s under cover. If it gets wet then it will become very slippery. If it’s placed in the sun then it will heat up, so try to use lighter colours that stay cooler for barefoot performances.

How should I store a Harlequin vinyl floor?

Ideally you should store the rolls vertically, but that’s not always possible. For instance, you may have to lay them flat in transit. In this case, take care not to store them two or three high and not to lay heavy angular props or flight cases on top of them. It would be also better to store them horizontally instead of at an angle, which can produce pressure folds on the bottom edge, leading to distortion when you unroll the floor.

Will a Harlequin vinyl floor crack or degrade over time?

They’re designed to stand up to gruelling tour schedules and if looked after carefully, will last many years. We have customers who still use floors that they bought from us 25 years ago!

How does cold affect a Harlequin vinyl floor?

Technically they’re freeze tolerant but like all vinyls, they get harder and stiffer as the temperature drops. However, when the temperature rises they return to normal. If the weather’s cold, the best advice when taking delivery is to get them inside as soon as possible.

What type of surface or sub-floor can a Harlequin vinyl floor be laid on?

A Harlequin vinyl floor can be laid onto most level sub-floors, e.g. concrete, wood or tiles, although we don’t advise laying onto carpet. If a sub-floor isn't very level or unacceptably hard, then a Harlequin sprung floor can be used in conjunction with a Harlequin surface (vinyl floor, hardwood or engineered board). If you are worried whether your existing floor is suitable, then contact us to discuss your requirements.

How is a Harlequin vinyl floor supplied?

Harlequin vinyl floors are manufactured in rolls, which are available in widths of either 1.5m or 2m, depending on the product chosen. The roll length of a Harlequin vinyl floor varies and will also depend upon the chosen product.

What’s the best way to move a Harlequin vinyl floor around?

Ensure that the floor is rolled up correctly using the cardboard core it came on, as it’s important to avoid flattening and distorting the roll. You can then use Harlequin vinyl floor roll straps to keep the roll in place. If you need to transport or store the floor, you can use Harlequin vinyl floor storage bags.

Guarantee

What guarantee do you provide?

Please view our Guarantee page for further information.

Installation

Can you install my floor for me?

Our sprung and vinyl floors can be fitted by our highly-skilled technical team, as part of our total package to ensure your new floor is correctly installed and is fully compliant with current regulations and standards. Contact us for further information.

Cleaning

How do I clean a Harlequin vinyl floor?

Visit our 'cleaning (care and protection)' page for further information.

What is cleaning method 1?

Harlequin's 'cleaning method 1' is aimed at those who do not wish to dress their Harlequin vinyl floor. Please read the 'Guide to cleaning a Harlequin vinyl dance floor' for further details. 

What is cleaning method 2?

Harlequin's 'cleaning method 2' is aimed at those who wish to dress their Harlequin vinyl floor. Please read the 'Guide to cleaning a Harlequin vinyl dance floor' for further information.

Prices

How much does a Harlequin floor cost?

That will depend upon the type of floor you're looking for, the area you wish to cover, if you need it installed, where you're based, etc. We can't provide a specific price or even a general indication on our website. Therefore, please contact us for a quote, advice, FREE samples, further information and/or product availability.

Where can I buy a Harlequin floor?

You can buy a Harlequin floor directly from us because we operate worldwide. Visit our ‘Contact’ section for further details.

Can I buy a Harlequin floor online?

We don't sell our main Harlequin flooring products online, although you can buy Harlequin dance floor education packs via The Harlequin Shop, along with Harlequin accessory products.

Delivery

How is a Harlequin floor delivered?

The transportation used will depend upon your order. If your order’s small then it could arrive via Royal Mail or a courier service. If your order’s large and/or heavy, then it may arrive in a 7.5 tonne tail-lift lorry, so please bear this in mind and let us know if you think there will be any difficulties.

How long will it take to deliver my order?

If you place your order during working hours, your item(s) are in stock and your payment’s been confirmed, then delivery is usually in two to three working days. Express delivery is available – please contact us for further details.

Stage

Is black the only colour that works well with stage lighting?

Black is a popular choice but grey works well too. It’s a special tonal mix of black and white with no pigmentation, so lights like a dream. There’s also white (or TV neutral) – a paler, non-pigmented grey, which looks white on colour TV.