Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Peel & Stick Vinyl Tiles - A Quick and Inexpensive Fix

Installing peel and stick vinyl tiles is an easy way to give a bathroom a facelift, but there is some preparation you need to do to get a nice end result! If you have caulk around your baseboards just slit it with an old pizza wheel.
Then, use a pry bar to remove all of the baseboards from the room. A tip, shim a plastic spatula or a piece of cardboard behind your pry bar to protect your walls! If you're planning on re-using the same moldings, mark each one with its location for easy installation later on! You can install these tiles directly onto your existing linoleum floor if it's sound and if it has little or no texture to it. If your old flooring is beat up or textured you have to use a leveling compound or install a sheet of luan board to ensure a nice end result. To determine how much tile you'll need, to multiply the length of the room by it's width. If you have odd nook and cranny, break the room into more squared off sections, figure the square footage of each and add all of them together. Vinyl tiles are easy to care for, stand up to a lot of wear and are easy to install. Find the center point in your room. You can use chalk lines to mark where the center intersects. After the chalk lines are down, check them to make sure that they're square. Lay your tiles out to map where they're going to be. Make sure that when you reach the wall you have at least half a tile to go around the outside. Then, just pick up the tiles, and you're ready to start. Pick one of the quadrants to start in, peel the backing off the tile and press it firmly into place. You want to start in the center and work your way out, staying on the chalk lines as you go. A quick tip: if you roll over the tiles with a rolling pin, you'll be sure they are even. To cut a tile, mark it with a pencil line, then use a straight edge and a utility knife to score the tile. Then, you can just snap it in two. Make sure your cut faces the outside, so the original edge will fit snugly against the other tile. I hope these simple pointers help you tackle that not so pretty bathroom or kitchen floor!

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