Easily Install Marmoleum Flooring

neutral colored floor and wall
  • 1-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 400-2,000
What You'll Need
Speed square
Solvent-free adhesives
Sealer
Cement
Water
Marmoleum flooring
Utility knife
Square-notched trowel (1/16 by 1/16 inches)
Chalk line
Steel hand roller
Putty knife
Hammer
100lb roller
Scribing tool
Hook knife
Screwdriver
Gloves
Scrapper
Mudding knife
Sandpaper
Hairspray
Under-scribe tool
Acrylic sealer
What You'll Need
Speed square
Solvent-free adhesives
Sealer
Cement
Water
Marmoleum flooring
Utility knife
Square-notched trowel (1/16 by 1/16 inches)
Chalk line
Steel hand roller
Putty knife
Hammer
100lb roller
Scribing tool
Hook knife
Screwdriver
Gloves
Scrapper
Mudding knife
Sandpaper
Hairspray
Under-scribe tool
Acrylic sealer

Marmoleum flooring is the newest ‘green’ floor choice among many homeowners today. The materials that go into this type of floor are natural, they do not emit toxins. That makes it an environmentally-friendly floor choice. It is durable, soft, and comfortable to walk on, which does not require much maintenance and does not attract dust. It is also resistant to spills and stains, very easy to clean, and is anti-bacterial. Installing Marmoleum flooring is environmental-friendly as solvent-free adhesives can be used. Follow the step-by-step guide below to install Marmoleum flooring.

Remove Any Obstacles

Wear gloves for protection from cuts. Scan and remove any obstacles, such as screws, nails, and staples, from the floor. If there are any nails sticking up, use a hammer to pound them down. Use a screwdriver to screw down any screws that are raised. Pull out any staples found. Briefly scan and run over the floor using a scraper to be sure that all obstacles have been removed.

Fill Seams

Mix the cement with water until it is sticky. Then, spread a layer of the cement mixture over low spots and all seams with a mudding knife. Spread it smoothly so that less sanding is required later on. Allow the cement to air dry.

Smooth Floor

smoothing out wet concrete

After the cement is dry, scrape the excess hardened cement off using a putty knife. Sanding with sandpaper may be required to make it smooth.

Mark Border Layout

After the seams are smoothed out, mark an indication of the layout of the border with a chalk line. To prevent the chalk line from smudging, spray a little bit of hairspray.

Install Border Pieces

Pre-cut and dry-fit the border pieces before gluing down permanently. Use a speed square to cut a 45-degree angle with a utility knife, where the border pieces meet. This is to have the joint mitered. Take the borders up. Using the square notched trowel, spread the solvent-free adhesive. Then, lay down the border pieces immediately into their correct places. Use a steel hand roller to run over the border pieces to make sure that all the edges are glued down. Do a cut at the bottom of the mitered joint so that it overlaps the piece on the top. Mark the top piece with a scribing tool and utility knife. Then, use a hook knife to finish and get the perfect cut.

Install the Main Floor

Lay the flooring loosely. Roughly cut it with an extra inch at the borders. Fold the main flooring in half and spread the adhesive on the exposed half. Then, unfold the flooring back onto the floor and glue it down immediately. Use the 100-lb roller to run over the flooring to ensure that it is glued down properly and also to remove any air bubbles.

Trim and Finish the Floor

After the entire floor is glued down, trim each edge with an under-scribe tool. Be sure that there is adhesive underneath the edges. Use the 100-lb roller to re-roll the whole floor again. Then, apply a few coats of acrylic sealer to finish the floor.