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How To Add a New Tile Floor

Learn how to lay linoleum tiles to give a floor a new look.

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 rag and paint thinner gets rid of excess adhesive
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Clean and Define the Area

Sweep the floor well to remove any dust and debris. Determine the center of the floor by snapping 2 chalk lines (width and length). Once the center is determined, work on the diagonals of the floor.

Step 2: Apply the Adhesive and Tiles

Using a notched trowel, spread tile adhesive onto the floor. Allow the adhesive to set for several minutes before placing the tile onto the floor. The tile will adhere better if the adhesive is sticky. Remember to work in small sections and to work on the diagonal from the center of the room. Continue tiling the floor until the entire floor is covered.

notched trowel used to spread adhesive on to floor

Step 3: Cut Tiles to Fit the Door Casings

Use either tracing paper (Image 1) or a pin tool (Image 2). Put tracing paper underneath the casing and trace the casing form with a pencil. Place the tracing paper template on the tile piece and cut pattern. If using a pin tool, as Golden does in this case, press the pin tool onto the door casing. Trace door casing pattern onto the tile (Image 3). Cut tile with a box cutter (Image 4).

Step 4: Finish the Floor

Wipe the excess adhesive with a rag and paint thinner. The tile manufacturer will specify what type of adhesive and sealant to use. Make sure to buy to right kind for the type of tiles selected. Apply base molding around the area of the room. Seal tile flooring with sealant. Allow to dry 12 to 24 hours.

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