Installing Peel-and-Stick Floor Tile

Article by Frank Suster

Issue Date:  March 2007


 
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photo: Scott T. Kubo
With very little effort, most do-it-yourselfers can change the appearance of a room with peel-and-stick floor tile. To install peel-and-stick floor tile, you need a tape measure, a utility knife, a chalk line and Fix-All® floor patch compound.

Before placing tile over wood floors or new concrete, make sure the floor is moisture-proof by taping a 2-inch-by-2-inch piece of plastic film to the middle of the floor. After 24 hours, if moisture has accumulated under the test film, moisture is a problem and the floor should be sealed.

Next, find the center of the room. Measure and mark the center points of two opposite walls. Using a carpenter’s square, determine if the intersecting lines are at 90-degrees angles. Then snap the chalk line.

To lay the tiles, start in one quadrant marked by the chalk line. Do not remove the backing-paper from more than one tile at a time.

Most floor tiles have arrows printed on the back. Lay the tiles so that all of the arrows are facing in the same direction. Lay the first tile at the center point of the floor, making sure it is square with the bisecting guidelines. Continue laying one row along the guidelines in the quadrant, then work outward from the first row in a pyramid fashion.

To trim tiles for the borders, align a new tile directly over the last set tile from the wall. Place a third tile over this one as a guide. Score a line in the second tile with a utility knife. Snap the second tile on the scored line and fit it between the set tile and the wall.

After the border tiles have been cut and placed, install moldings or cove base to hide trim spacing where the floor tile meets the wall.

To cut irregular shapes or curves, bend a piece of solder wire and transfer the curve to the tile being marked. To cut intricate shapes, heat the tile with a hair dryer until the tile is pliable, and then make cuts with a utility knife.

For Hawaii Home + Remodeling magazine, this is Frank Suster saying, “You can do it yourself.”

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