10 Steps to Install Linoleum in Your Bathroom

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What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Caulk line
Putty knife
Pry bar
Broom or vacuum
Utility knife
Toilet flange
Finishing nails

Installing linoleum in your bathroom is an affordable update. Linoleum comes in a multitude of styles and colors and is easy to install. Linoleum traditionally comes in sheets. The most common way to install linoleum now is to use tiles. Some are self-stick but adding an adhesive is a good idea. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation before you begin.

Step 1 - Measure the Floor

Take measurements of all dimensions of your floor. It is helpful to draw a sketch. Calculate the square footage you will need for the room.

Step 2 - Buy the Linoleum

Linoleum traditionally comes in sheets. The most common way to install linoleum now is to use tiles, some which are self-stick. You should read the manufacturer's recommendations and consider using an adhesive.

Step 3 - Remove the Toilet

First turn off the water to the toilet. Break the seal around the toilet by moving the toilet back and forth. Clean around the toilet.

Step 4 - Remove the Old Tile

Use a putty knife to pull up the old tile. Discard the tile and scrape any extra glue that remains on the floor.

Step 5 - Remove the Trim

Remove the door guard near the bathroom door. Pry the baseboards up and take them off carefully so they can be reused. Sweep or vacuum the floor to rid it of any dust.

Step 6 - Mark the Center Line

If you are laying sheet linoleum then re-measure just to be sure before cutting. Linoleum tiles are much easier to use and are durable if you use a good adhesive. Snap a chalk line that marks the center of the floor.

Step 7 - Lay the Tiles

Put adhesive on the floor with a trowel and smooth it out. Now lay down the tiles centering the first line of tiles. Then butt the other tiles up to the first row.

Step 8 - Cut the Tiles

Fit the tiles around the perimeter and the toilet opening. Try to plan it so that cuts are made under the overhang of the counter. Cut close enough to the walls that the baseboard trim will cover the edges.

Step 9 - Seal the Edges

Seal all of the edges with caulk so that water cannot get under the tiles and cause them to lift from the floor. Pay careful attention to caulk well around the toilet opening and bathtub.

Step 10 - Reapply the Trim

Nail the trim back in place. Put the door guard back in place. Reinstall the toilet using a new seal. Now clean the tile with a sponge by hand so that you can see any adhesive or caulk that needs to be removed.

Enjoy your new bathroom flooring. The only maintenance it needs is mopping with a damp mop and a mild cleaner. Check the caulk on an annual basis.