10 Steps to Install Linoleum in Your Bathroom
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 of 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. Remove the nuts holding down the toilet to the floor and pull the toilet off the floor. This will break the seal so it's a good idea to buy a new toilet seal before starting. Thoroughly clean the floor under where the toilet was previously sitting.
Step 4 - Remove the baseboards, floor moldings, and T-moldings
Remove the reducer or T-molding from under the doors near the bathroom door. Pry the baseboards up and take them off carefully so they can be reused.
Step 5 - Remove the Old Tile
Use a putty knife to pull up and remove all the old tiles from the bathroom. Discard the tiles and scrape any extra glue that remains on the floor. 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 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 serrated 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 and moldings 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.