Not only do they come in lots of styles and colors, vinyl tile squares are unbelievably easy to install. If you are a DIY’r, you’ll find tile installation a straightforward task that requires basic measurement and layout skills. But if this is your first time, you probably want to get some helpful tips. We understand your need, so here we listed a few basic tips on vinyl tile square installation.
- Make your floor as smooth as it can get. Vinyl tiles only stick to a smooth surface. So if your floor has cracks and holes, you might want to address them first before installing your vinyl tile squares. Consider applying patching compound to make the floor level. Also, remember that even if your floor seems smooth and clean, you have to check it still. So consider examining your floor with a bulb at night and look for any surface flaws. If you fail to address surface flaws, they are likely to get imprinted on the tiles from underneath.
- Buy extra tiles. You will use the square footage of your room in buying vinyl tiles. To get the square foot measurement of your room, simply multiply its length by its width. When buying, look at the square foot coverage of tiles, which is typically printed on the boxes, to know how many tiles you will need. But make sure to buy extra pieces, preferably 20% of the total, to cover cutting mistakes. So if you need 300, buy 360 tiles.
- Find your room’s center. You need to determine your room’s center to find out the installation starting point. To find the center, measure each of the wall’s length. Determine their individual center. Connect the center of the opposite walls with a chalk line. The point where the lines intersect is your room’s center. Lay loose vinyl tiles along the marked lines, starting from your center point. See to it that the space between the lines’ last tiles and your walls are even. If not, adjust the starting point and make a new chalk line. Start installing the tiles as soon as you have adjusted the starting point.
- Use appropriate tools to cut your tiles. If you want precise cuts, you have to use vinyl tile cutter. This tool can be rented and is easy to use. You only need to feed a tile into the tool and pull down the tool’s handle to begin cutting. Utility knife and tin snips are also used to cut different shapes.
- Allow the vinyl tile flooring to completely bond to the floor. Ideally, you should leave your vinyl flooring for three to five days after the installation. This will allow the adhesive to fully settle and glue the tiles to the floor. Floor traffic should be minimized during this time. When the vinyl tiles are already firmly attached to the floor, sweep dust and debris off the flooring and apply polish.
Care and maintenance is key to keeping your vinyl tile flooring in good condition. Mop your flooring regularly, making sure to remove dirt and oils from outdoor surfaces. Also, apply polish that is recommended by the vinyl tile manufacturer. Remember, you have taken great pains to install the vinyl tile flooring, and it’s only necessary to put the same level of effort in caring for it.