How to Install Tiled Marmoleum Floors How to Install Tiled Marmoleum Floors

What You'll Need
Marmoleum tiles
Tile adhesive
Plastic putty knife
Damp sponge
Pry bar
Leveling compound
Tape measure
Notched trowel
Damp cloth
Floor roller
Tile cutter

Marmoleum floors are a great choice if you’re keen on an all-natural product. The floors are made from linseed oil, pine rosin, pine sawdust, limestone and jute. They have a high durability and are biodegradable. You install the tiles in much the same way as you would other floor tiles. A few basic tools are required which you may prefer to rent from a hardware store. Below is a guide to help you install your marmoleum tiles.

Step 1 – Prepare the Room

Clear the room of all furniture. Use a pry bar to remove baseboards, moldings and registers. Examine the subfloor for loose boards. Secure all loose screws with a screwdriver. This ensures that floor boards are firmly secured onto the joists underneath. Fill gaps and cracks on the subfloor with a leveling compound.

Step 2 – Bring Tiles into Room

It is a good idea to bring the tiles into the room 2 days before you install. This allows the tiles to acclimatize to the room.

Step 3 – Find Center Point

Use a tape measure to find the mid-point of one wall. Draw a line at the mid-point, across the center of the room, to connect to the opposite wall. Find the mid-point of the other 2 walls. Draw a line across the room, from wall to wall so that the 2 lines intersect in the center.

Step 4 – Lay out Tiles

Arrange a row of dry tiles from the center of the room towards the edge, on both sides. You need to ensure that the 2 tiles at both ends measure about half a tile in width, for higher uniformity. It also makes it easier to cut the border tiles. If the tile width is inconsistent, adjust the center point for uniformity. Once you have the correct symmetry, push the tiles aside.

Step 5 – Apply Adhesive

Apply adhesive in small sections, about 4 feet by 4 feet. This allows you to attach the tiles before the adhesive dries. Spread the adhesive with your trowel.

Step 6 – Attach Tiles

Carefully attach your first row of tiles in the same way you arranged them in Step 4. Be sure to fit the tiles snugly against each other, to eliminate gaps and inconsistency. Attach tiles on both side of the chalk line. It is vital that you install the first row of tiles perfectly so that the rest of the tiles fall into the established symmetry. Wipe away excess adhesive before it dries with a clean, damp cloth.

Step 7 – Roll the Tiles

Use a floor roller to press the tiles onto the subfloor. This facilitates an effective bond. It also prevents infiltration of air which lowers efficacy of the adhesive.

Step 8 – Complete Tile Installation

Repeat Steps 5 to 7 to complete installation for the entire floor. Once you complete installation in 1 quadrant, proceed to install in the next, until you get to the wall. Do this on both sides of your chalk line until the entire floor is completely covered by tiles. Use a tile cutter to cut the tiles required to fill up the space next to the wall. 

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