Pointers for Using Peel and Stick Linoleum Tiles

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Installing peel-and-stick linoleum tiles is a relatively easy floor application, but even the simplest mistake will reduce the life and durability of your new floor. Be absolutely certain that the existing floor is level. Any imperfections will show on your new floor. If you are installing over an existing tile and it has a pattern, the new linoleum tiles will deform around the pattern.

If you don't remove the old floor, it is essential that you use a floor leveling compound before installing the new product. Once the floor is level, be sure to clean any remaining fragments and dust. If the floor is not sufficiently clean, the glue will not adhere properly.

Apply Additional Glue to Tiles

The glue on the peel and stick tiles can degrade quickly and cause the tiles to slide out of place. Place a little bit of glue on the bottom of each tile before installation. This will keep the tiles in place. Don’t use too much glue, because it will seep onto the tiles and damage the finish.

Placement of First Tile

Be extremely careful that your first tile is perfectly straight, plumb, and level. This is your starting point and all other tiles will have to maintain the line set. Start at the center of the room and work outward, so that cuts are at the walls, not in the main area.

Seal Seams Properly

Be sure that all seams around all tiles are sealed properly. You can use a clear silicone caulk and apply it with a caulk gun. Sealing the seams will prevent liquids from seeping into the sub-floor underneath the linoleum tiles.