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How to Install Vinyl Tile Flooring

Host Paul Ryan shows how to install vinyl tile flooring in a kitchen.

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Step 1: Sand Out the Subfloor

Make sure the subfloor is smooth and dry. Sand out any uneven patches.

sand out any uneven patches of subfloor

Step 2: Establish a Reference Line

To establish a reference line, measure out approximately 8' from the back wall and make a reference mark. Make another parallel reference mark at the same distance out. Snap a chalk line between the two marks to establish a reference line.

Tip: Spray hairspray on the line to keep it from rubbing out.

Step 3: Stir the Adhesive

Stir the acrylic adhesive for the floor well before using.

Step 4: Spread the Adhesive

Starting at the reference line, use a 1/16" V-notched trowel to spread adhesive evenly over the floor. Hold the trowel at a 60-degree angle to the floor.

Step 5: Let the Adhesive Set

Adhesive has to "flash" or get tacky before flooring is set down. Wait five to 15 minutes for adhesive to set, depending on the temperature and humidity. The adhesive is ready when it lightly transfers onto your fingers.

Step 6: Determine the Flooring Layout

Determine the layout of the vinyl strips. Use a staggered layout for a more realistic layout.

Step 7: Make an Angle

To transfer an unknown wall angle to the strip, lay a strip of tile on the side of reference that doesn't have adhesive. Lay another strip down but have it run along the wall, overlapping the first strip. Draw a line along the edge of the top strip to transfer the angle.

transfer wall angle to vinyl strip

Step 8: Cut the Angle

Put a scrap under the tile and cut the angle with a utility knife. Save the cut off and use it to transfer the angle onto the next strip.

Step 9: Lay the Tile Into Position

Lay the tile on the adhesive and firmly press down. Take care to press it (not slide it) into position.

Step 10: Wipe the Excess Adhesive

If you get adhesive on the tile, wipe it up with a damp rag.

Step 11: Set the Tile in Place

Use a laminate roller to set it in place.

use laminate roller to set tile in place

Step 12: Use the Roller

Use a 100-pound roller as you go along to make sure there's good adhesion.

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