Installing Linoleum Tile

Installing linoleum tile is a great way to update or replace an old floor. It is not only a quick and easy project, but an inexpensive one as well. A new linoleum tile floor will add to the appearance of any room, while enhancing the beauty of your entire home – not to mention helping increase its value. There exists a great variety of linoleum tile from which to choose in a wide range of colors, shades and patterns that will allow you a greater amount of choice to compliment – or change – any room décor. Additionally, linoleum tile flooring is easy to maintain and with a little know how can be installed in a few steps.

Materials Needed:

•Linoleum tile
•Tape measure
•Chalk line
•Utility knife

Step 1 – Take Careful Measurements
Determine the square footage by multiplying lengths by widths. Calculate the amount of tile needed by dividing the room square footage by the number of square feet each box of tile contains. Once you’ve determined the number of needed cartons, add an additional 10 percent to cover waste and mistakes. Once the tile is purchased, place all cartons in the room where they will be used, allowing them to reach room temperature.

Step 2 – Prepare the Floor
Linoleum tile flooring can be installed over any existing tile floor, concrete floor or other subfloor. Make sure the existing floor is even. If not, use a leveling product applying it with a smooth edged trowel. Make sure if the floor is concrete that it is smooth and dry. It has to be clean. You’ll need to replace any damaged subfloor with a ¼ inch plywood sheet. Make sure all cracks are filled and sanded smoothly.

Step 3 – Find the Center

Take a room length measurement, marking the center of the line. Locate the center of the room and mark it. Divide the room in half by snapping a chalk line. Make sure to check to see where the lines cross is square and, if not, readjust the lines until you get them square.

Step 4 – Apply Adhesive
Starting where the chalk lines cross in the middle of the room, apply linoleum adhesive using a notched edged trowel when not employing self-sticking linoleum tiles. Make sure to lay full linoleum tiles working from the center toward a wall. Repeat laying one row after another, leaving the outside perimeter close to the walls to fill with cut tiles. Roll over the tile with a tile roller to make sure you create an effective bond.

Step 5 – Cut the Irregular Tiles

Measure the “bare” perimeter spaces, cutting tile to fit. Create a template for tiles to fit around different shaped areas or where piping protrudes through the floor.

Step 6 – Baseboard
Either re-install the old baseboard and trim or use new material.

Important Tips

  • Make sure to wipe clean any excessive adhesive from the top surface are of the newly installed tile with a recommended cleaner
  • Never use any harsh commercial cleaners. Damp wiping with a soft cloth or mopping is all that is required to clean your new linoleum tile floor.