The 3 P’s of Peel and Stick Floor Tile Installation

In doing your homework to find the best flooring solution for your home, you may have heard a lot about peel and stick floor tile. It’s a great product that is easily installed by a DIY enthusiast, it produces fantastic results and it’s far less expensive than many other coverings. There are some hard and fast rules, however and if you don’t observe them, you could find yourself with peeling corners, tiles that come unstuck and a totally frustrating floor that you’ll want to rip up and start over.

Preparation

Without the right preparation, peel and stick floor tile will be useless. Why waste your money? Do the job right in the first place and you’ll find the results will be worth it. If you’re laying the tile over a vinyl floor, you absolutely must make sure that there is no remaining wax and no other contaminants that will conflict with the adhesive on the back of your new tiles. Use a stripper and a rinse before you even contemplate stick the tiles down.

You should also read the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular peel and stick floor tile to see if there are any compatibility issues involving your existing floor. Generally speaking, however, if your floor is clean and flat, it should be fine. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer directly.

It’s important to test the surface for moisture before laying peel and stick floor tile. Take a square of plastic, roughly 2’ by 2’ and tape it to the floor. Leave for 24 hours and then check to see if any condensation has accumulated on it.

If it has, then you must seal the floor or else your tiles will not stick, or at least, not permanently. No moisture? Great news! Now you only have to degrease the floor with a warm water and degreaser solution. Rinse well and allow to dry.

Practice

You should never attempt to lay peel and stick floor tile until you’ve had a chance to lay a practice section. Find an inconspicuous spot in the room and, after preparing the surface as outlined above, lay the tiles according to the instructions.

Wait a day or two to see if any early lifting has occurred and if so, then you may have to go back and revise how you prepared the floor and learn what you need to do differently. Without practice, you may be very disappointed with the results.

Proceed

Determine what your placement will be and where you will begin and end. Obviously, unless your floor is exactly the width of a particular number of tiles, you’ll have to end with cut tiles somewhere, so make that where it will be less visible. Lay out the peel and stick floor tiles without removing the paper backing so that you’ll be sure of what goes where.

Always follow the instructions to the letter when laying peel and stick floor tile. After you’ve removed the paper backing, push the edge of each new tile up against the one laid previously. If you try to slide them into position, you’ll wind up with a sticky mess since the adhesive is quite strong and very unforgiving.

Use a template to help with cutting border pieces of your peel and stick floor tile. Instead of measuring each and every piece, you can simply use the template as a guide and save yourself a whole lot of time, not to mention monotony. You can use an actual tile – with the backing still attached – and cut it with a utility knife.

Eventually, you will find your floor beautifully finished with peel and stick floor tile. It’s very important that you clean it with products and methods recommended by the manufacturers because if you use the wrong things, you could see corners lifting in time.

By observing the 3 P’s of peel and stick floor tile installation, you will not turn into one of the horror stories of those poor people who didn’t follow the instructions fully and ended up with a floor that brings them endless frustration.

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