Pointers for Laying a Linoleum Floor Pointers for Laying a Linoleum Floor

Installing a linoleum floor is not difficult if you have the proper tools and know-how. Consider the following precautions you can take to make the installation easier.

Making a Template of Floor

Place the craft paper around the wall, leaving 1/8-inch space. Tape the edges of the paper together while following the perimeter of the room. You can use the template to cut the flooring.

Prepare Sub-Floor and Cut Linoleum

Be sure that the sub-floor is clean and level. On a clean surface, unroll flooring face-up. Determine the best seam placement (if necessary). Tape the sheets together with masking tape. Also, draw the lines onto the linoleum with a felt-tip pen, using a straightedge and the template from Step 1. Cut the sheets as drawn.

Position Flooring in Place

Carry the re-rolled linoleum floor into the room it will be installed. Do not bend the material or it will develop permanent creases. Be careful when you unroll and position the sheet over floor.

Sealing Seams

If the room is large enough that the linoleum will have seams, seal them first. Overlap the pieces by at least 1 inch at the seam. Use a straightedge to cut through both layers; this will create a perfect seam. Apply a 3-inch ‘band’ of adhesive the length of the seam. Lay the linoleum floor one side at a time. Use the seam roller the length of the seam to assure a good bond.

Lay Floor

Carefully roll back one side of the flooring. Apply adhesive with a notched trowel. Let it cure for at least 15 minutes or according to the instructions on the packaging. Then lay the linoleum back onto adhesive, and repeat the process for the other side. Starting at the center of the floor and moving to the edges, use the floor roller to press the sheet into place. If you have edges that will be covered with molding, you can staple them at 3-inch intervals around the edge.

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