Painting Linoleum Tile Flooring

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Linoleum tile flooring is most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. This type of flooring is durable and can withstand water and other spills, heat, cold, and other types of exposure. It is easy to maintain and inexpensive. However, linoleum flooring is not the most attractive type of flooring you can include in your home. For that reason, people oftentimes wish to decorate the flooring in one way or another in order to make it more appropriate to their home aesthetic. Read on for a guide on how to paint linoleum tile flooring in your home so that it better blends in with your design ideas.

Prepare the Area

Before you can paint the linoleum, you have to strip off any wax and other protective layers on the surface of the tiles. You can do this by scrubbing at the floor with sandpaper. Make sure that you remove the top layer of the protective surface throughout the linoleum flooring before you begin.

Open a window or a door in order to allow for additional ventilation in the room. Mix up equal parts ammonia and warm water in a bucket and then use the mop to clean up the linoleum tile flooring. Look for any signs of grim, dirt, grease or stains, and be sure to clean them up thoroughly. This will help to keep the paint looking good and will reduce the risk of damage to the paint from substances underneath it over time. Look also for any uneven surfaces on the linoleum and address those as well.

Prime the Linoleum

Use a paintbrush to lay down a thin layer of oil-based primer over the entire surface of the linoleum. The primer must be based on oil so that it helps to prevent the tiles from water damage. Allow the primer to dry completely before continuing with the next step.

Prepare for Painting

Lay out painting or masking tape in strips along the edges of the linoleum tile. This will help to ensure that you don't accidentally paint the walls or surrounding areas when you don't mean to.

Paint the Tile

Using rollers for open spaces and paintbrushes for more detailed work in corners and edges, begin to paint the linoleum tile with oil-based paint. Lay down a single coat of the paint and then allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat of paint in the same way and allow it to dry as well. At this point, evaluate the appearance of the tiles. In most cases, 2 coats is sufficient for the paint on the linoleum.

Apply Polyurethane

Use paintbrushes to apply a thin coat of polyurethane over the dried paint. This will further help to protect the paint from water and other types of damage that may occur.