Linoleum kitchen flooring is one of the most common types of floor options for this part of the home. Linoleum is both attractive to look at and highly functional. It is comfortable to walk and stand on and is easy to clean and maintain, making it the perfect foundation for your kitchen, where things are likely to spill and get messy on occasion.
While the process of installing linoleum flooring in your kitchen is somewhat involved, it is not particularly difficult. Read on for a brief overview of how to install linoleum flooring in your kitchen.
Step 1 - Prepare the Space
If you've removed the previous flooring in your kitchen, or if you're installing flooring for the first time, you'll first need to make sure that the area underneath the linoleum is perfectly clean. Sweep up any debris and remove any nails or other items which may stick out from the boards underneath the linoleum. This will ensure that the linoleum is able to go on flat and smooth and that it is less likely to suffer damage due to items underneath it.
Step 2 - Locate the Center of the Room
Locate and mark the center of the room using a measuring tape. This is important especially if you are using rolled linoleum, as you'll need to know how far each piece should be rolled out. If you're using precut sheets of linoleum, this will be the place that you begin to place the linoleum.
Step 3 - If Necessary, Cut the Linoleum
Measure out the kitchen floor space to determine how much linoleum you'll need. You'll place four sheets at the center mark, with one touching each corner. For rolled linoleum, measure the kitchen space two times and then double-check the length of the rolls, cutting where you need to with the shears. For sheet linoleum, calculate how many full sheets you can lay down and measure the remaining space so that you'll know how large the smaller pieces that you cut should be.
Step 4 - Apply Adhesive
Use a notched trowel to apply an even layer of linoleum adhesive beginning adjacent to the center mark in the room. Work quickly so that the adhesive doesn't have time to dry before you can lay the linoleum. Apply adhesive only to a small part of the room before you stop to lay linoleum.
Step 5 - Lay and Roll Linoleum
Lay the linoleum down over the adhesive, taking care to make sure that it's as flat as possible. Make sure that the linoleum is perfectly lined up the way that you'd like, because it's difficult to move after it comes into contact with the adhesive.
After laying down the linoleum, use the steel floor roller to roll it completely smooth and get rid of any air pockets that may exist underneath the linoleum sheet.