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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Installing Vinyl Floor Tiles

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Vinyl floor tiles are a very popular flooring option for homeowners who are looking for an easy-to-maintain, affordable flooring material. To make things even better, these tiles can often be installed on a DIY basis without the need for expensive equipment or advanced construction skills. In fact, with the help of the step-by-step guide below, you will be able to complete this installation in just five easy steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

The very first thing you will need to do is to ensure you have all of the materials that you will need. Taking the time to gather all of the supplies on the list below prior to starting the installation will allow you to avoid any delays in completing the process.

  • measuring tape
  • chalk
  • painters tape
  • self adhesive vinyl tiles
  • utility knife
  • pry-bar

Step 2: Remove Furniture And Baseboards

Begin by removing any free standing furniture from the room. Any furnishings that are built-in will not need to be removed. Instead, you can simply install the flooring around these objects.

Next, use a pry-bar to carefully remove the baseboards along the bottom of each wall. Taking care when removing these baseboards will allow them to be reused once your new floor is in place. However, if you accidentally crack one of these boards, it will need to be replaced.

If you are currently using carpets, they will need to be removed at this time. However, if you have a hard flooring surface, your vinyl tiles can be installed directly over your existing flooring materials.

Step 3: Finding The Center Of The Room

The first tile will need to be placed in the exact center of the room. In order to determine the proper placement for this central tile, you will need to begin by measuring the length of each wall with a measuring tape. Use a piece of chalk to mark the halfway point on each wall.

Next, measure one of your vinyl tiles and use a piece of chalk to mark the halfway point on the back of the tile. Line up the marking on your tile with the marking on each wall. Now, make two more marking on each wall to indicate the edges of the tile.

Using painters tape, draw a line straight across the room to connect each of the markings you have made. After connecting all of these lines, you should have created a cross-hairs in the middle of the room that is the exact same size as one of you tiles. This is where your first tile should be laid.

Step 4: Creating Pattern

Starting with the center tile and working your way out, create a pattern using your vinyl tiles. This can be done by altering colors or by changing the position of the tiles, such as turning the tiles diagonally.

Once you have created the pattern you want, you will be ready to move on to the final step.

Step 5: Installing Tiles

In order to secure your vinyl tiles, slowly remove the adhesive backing from each tile and apply pressure to the top of the tile until it has fully bonded with the underlying floor. Again, you will want to start in the middle of the room and work your way out.

As you approach the edges of the room, a utility knife can be used to cut tiles down to size. Once all tiles have been installed, you can replace the baseboards and furniture that were removed in Step 2.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Costen Floors Inc. or a similar company.

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28 April 2015