How to Install Self-Stick Floor Tiles
Easy to apply adhesive-backed tiles make this a DIY project you can complete in a day, and the results are rewarding. Learn how to install self-adhering tiles.
Make sure the subfloor is smooth and dry. Sand out any uneven patches.
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.
Spray hairspray on the line to keep it from rubbing out.
Stir the acrylic adhesive for the floor well before using.
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.
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.
Determine the layout of the vinyl strips. Use a staggered layout for a more realistic layout.
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.
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.
Lay the tile on the adhesive and firmly press down. Take care to press it (not slide it) into position.
If you get adhesive on the tile, wipe it up with a damp rag.
Use a laminate roller to set it in place.
Use a 100-pound roller as you go along to make sure there's good adhesion.