replacing vinyl tiles

Old 02-20-04, 08:34 PM
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Question replacing vinyl tiles

We have vinyl tile (12x12) flooring in our kitchen. I believe they are the self-adhesive kind, but I am not totally sure, as they were installed before we purchased the home.

Several tiles by the back door are pulling up at the corners. In fact upon closer inspection it seems that about 1/2 of the ones in the area by the back door are pulling up...some in the high traffic area and some not. Also a few located by the heating register under the counters have slid out of place by 1/4 to 3/8 an inch.

How should we go about replacing these? Were they poorly installed? Should we replace all the flooring or just the tiles that are coming up? If we replace just the ones that are coming up, how do we go about pulling out the old ones and cleaning and prepping the are for the new ones? Should we use more adhesive than just the self-sticky?

Thanks for any help!
Old 02-20-04, 09:03 PM
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You may not be able to get these tile up off the floor without damaging the tile.If you can then you are in luck,try taking a heat gun or blow dryer to these tile to warm them and make them more pliable,take a 6" putty knife and gently slide it under the tile and lift up off the floor.If you have spare tile then don't worry about it just chisel them off.

Once you get them up then make sure the area is clean and free of any debris or dirt and use some clear spread adheasive with a 1/16 notch trowel and reglue the tile to the floor,or if using new tile then glue any way that self stick is notorious for failing

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