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Vinyl tiles can make an attractive addition to your floor. A special type of plastic or polyvinylchloride (PVC) is used to produce the tiles. Vinyl is often used as a substitute for leather in many applications. It is also referred to as faux leather. With the various options of flooring material available on the market, one may wonder which is best. Below are some of the key benefits that come with a vinyl floor.

Ease of Installation
The self-adhesive backing on most vinyl floor tiles makes it easy to install. You simply peel off the backing and attach the tiles to the floor. No specialized skills or tools are required. Installation can be completed much faster than other floors requires. It helps to keep your construction costs down.

Low-Maintenance
Vinyl floors have minimal maintenance needs. Simply sweep the floor when dirty. You can mop once a week or as the need arises. Vinyl is water and stain-resistant which contributes to its low-maintenance nature.

Moisture Resistant
Vinyl has a high resistance to water. This makes it suitable for use in the kitchen and bathroom. The water-resistant nature of vinyl also adds to its durability. Flooring materials that have low water-resistance do not last as long as vinyl. Repairs and replacements ultimately add to home maintenance costs. The impervious nature of vinyl floors spares you from the common problems of mold and mildew that develop under floors.

Affordable
Vinyl flooring is relatively inexpensive. Yet it offers one of the greatest selections in styles and designs. Flooring can take up a considerable portion during home construction, especially for large floor spaces. With an option like vinyl, you can complete your home project on schedule without budget restrictions. Should you desire a change, the affordability and ease of installation makes it easy to accomplish. It makes a cost-effective choice.

Design Flexibility
Vinyl flooring gives you a virtually unlimited variety in design and styles. Tiles are available in various sizes, colors, textures and patterns. Vinyl flooring can be customized. Varieties that resemble expensive flooring such as marble or intricate wood designs can be produced. Texture is also created to match a particular floor type. This enables homeowners to achieve whatever style they prefer. Vinyl also blends well with various décors. Where the budget cannot allow a certain floor, vinyl can prove to be a suitable substitute.

Comfortable
The soft feel of a vinyl floor adds to room comfort. Yet it provides great support for the feet. The floor doesn’t feel as cold as some other flooring materials can be. Noise generated from vinyl floors is minimal. This contributes to the overall comfort indoors.

Durable
Vinyl flooring is one of the widely recognized resilient flooring types. It can withstand heavy use and foot traffic over long periods, yet remain in good shape. The moisture and stain resistant properties add to its durability. Water and stains often contribute to high wear and tear of flooring. When properly installed and well maintained a vinyl floor can last several years.
 
 
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Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles can be applied to the floor or the wall to create a unique look. If you are planning on attaching them to the bathroom wall, you need to understand the basic process involved so that you can avoid any problems along the way. Here are the basics of how to install peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to bathroom walls.

What You’ll Need:

  • Peel-and-stick tile
  • Knife
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure
  • Rag
  • Cleaner
  • Putty
  • Putty knife

Step 1 – Prepare the Wall
When you are going to install peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to the bathroom wall, you need to make sure that it is fully prepared. In order to do this, you need to have the wall clean and completely smooth. If there are holes or imperfections in the wall, you will need to make sure that they are smooth before you continue. If you see any holes in the wall, you should fill them with putty. Smooth out the putty with a putty knife and make sure that it is all even.

After filling the holes with putty, you need to clean the wall also. There should be no dirt or dust on the surface of the wall at all. You need to use a rag and a cleaning solution to thoroughly clean the wall. After you do this, allow the wall to dry so that you can start installing the tile.

Step 2 – Center the Wall
Before you start installing the tile, you should determine where the center of the wall is. In order to do this, you need to use a tape measure. Measure the center point of each direction of the wall and make a mark with a pencil. This will give you a good place to start from. When you start in the center of the wall, it will not create an uneven look and the small pieces of tile will go around the outside edge of the wall.

Step 3 – Start Installing
At this point, you are ready to start installing the vinyl tiles on the bathroom wall. This type of tile will have a piece of paper on the back of it to protect the adhesive. Start by peeling off this paper to expose the adhesive. When you do this, you want to make sure not to touch the back of the tile to anything so that nothing else sticks to the adhesive. Take the first tile and press it onto the wall in the area where you made your marks. Press it firmly up against the wall and make sure that you hold it for a a few seconds to allow the adhesive to stick to the wall. Then take another tile and peel off the paper. Then place the tile directly up against the first tile. Continue doing this until you get to the edge of the wall.

Step 4 – Cutting
When you get to the edge of the wall, you need to cut the tile to fit. Use a straight edge and a utility knife to make the cuts that you need. Then place the cut piece in the opening.
 
 
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There may come a time when you’ll need to do a little floor tile removal. But to do this, you’ll need to know what all is involved before you begin. What follows is a 3-step process for the removal of tile. By first preparing, then removing the tile before taking off the adhesive residue, you should be able to completely remove vinyl tile from any floor.

What You’ll Need:
Fans
Scrapers
Hair dryer
Heat gun
Flooring adhesive remover

Step 1: Preparation

The first thing you’ll need to do, before a single piece of vinyl flooring is removed, is get prepared. Keep in mind that any vinyl flooring created before about the middle of the 1980s might contain asbestos. Asbestos can be very dangerous, and fatal in large dosages, so you certainly don’t want to mess with any of that stuff. Therefore, just to be on the safe side, have your flooring material tested for asbestos before beginning the removal process. And if you should find any asbestos material, have it removed professionally. But in cases where you don’t even believe there is asbestos present, be extra cautious and wear a mask or respirator whenever you take out flooring, if for nothing else, to avoid inhaling too much airborne particles or dust. Another significant preparation step is to make sure your work area is sufficiently ventilated. You can accomplish this task by opening windows and/or doors and placing fans nearby, if needed.

Step 2: Take Out the Flooring

Be prepared to feel a little pain the next day because removing vinyl tile applied with self adhesive is hard work. You’ll need to put in a lot of physical labor, and have a little more than the usual amount of patience. The most efficient and effective method for removing tiles requires heat and a tough scraper. If you put heat on the tile, the underpinning adhesive loosens up and doesn’t bind so tightly with the floor. Sometimes, all you need for this heat is a typical hair dryer. But if that doesn’t do the trick, try an electric heat gun. Another safety precaution involves handling a heat gun with care; these create high temperatures, which can burn you and your floor.

Step 3: Take Out the Adhesive

Once you have taken out every tile, you will still have remnants of adhesive residue. There might be a lot, or there may be just a little. In some cases, vinyl installers apply added spread adhesive when they do their work, and this compounds the residue factor even more. Keep in mind that if you’re attempting to preserve the flooring beneath your vinyl, there is a chance of damaging it during the adhesive removal process. Therefore, there is an amount of risk involved. Methods of residue removal involve scrubbing this stubborn stuff with mineral spirits, as well as making it softer using steam or hot water. Best of all, however, is to purchase flooring adhesive remover at your local hardware outlet. These products work by laying on a chemical product, which then sits for a while to make the adhesive soft, and then the residue can be scraped off.
 
 
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Your vinyl flooring may be calling out for a replacement for years. But hey, you don’t need to calculate all that costs for renovating your floors. You can still stick to your old vinyl flooring without much fuss. Paint it over and you’ll surely see a noticeable difference. Here are the steps in painting your vinyl flooring.

What You’ll Need:

  • Water
  • Ammonia or trisodium phosphate
  • Primer with sealer
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Oil-based paint or porch paint
  • Rollers
  • Brush
  • Painting poles
  • Gloves
  • Gas mask
  • Overalls
  • Soap
  • Clean rug

Step 1 – Clean the Vinyl Flooring Thoroughly
Get a mop or rug and start cleaning your vinyl floor. Move away all furniture and other furnishings inside the area of the project. Cover unmovable furnishings with old clothes or newspapers to protect them from paint drips.

Step 2 – Remove the Sheen of Your Vinyl Flooring
Mix trisodium phosphate with water or buy an ammonia-based cleaning solution made especially for vinyl flooring. Apply the product to the floor as instructed. These solutions would be responsible for prepping the vinyl for the paint. Then, allow it to completely dry.

Step 3 – Apply the Primer
Get a primer with sealer mixed in it. Read the instruction manual before you use the primer with sealant. To speed up the job, use a roller to apply the primer onto your vinyl flooring. Make sure that you apply it on all the areas of the floor. Double check on the edges to see if they have been primed up. Allow the primer to completely dry before going on to the next step.

Step 4 – Paint Your Vinyl Flooring
Never rush into choosing the color of the vinyl paint you would be using. Settle for the ones that would make your room warmer or cozier. Stir the paint mixture as instructed by its manufacturer. Get a brush to set the parameters of the areas you will be painting. Doing so would let you be reminded of the painting strokes and tools you would need to use. Apply the first coat of paint using a roller or a broad paintbrush. Do this evenly. Ensure the thorough dryness of the first coat.

Step 5 – Apply the Second Coating
Double check if the first coating has completely dried up. After that, paint over the second layer of coating doing the same procedure at step 4 and allow it to dry.

Step 6 – Check for Impurities
Touch paint all impurities that you see. Allow them to dry before applying on the third layer of coating. Again, let the last coating dry completely.

Step 7 – Seal the Paint
Double check if you have left out any impurities. Use a polyurethane sealer to seal the newly painted floor. Apply two to three coatings of this sealer to your vinyl flooring. Do no forget to let each coating to dry thoroughly before applying a new one. Never fail to seal your newly painted vinyl flooring as failure to do so would put your flooring to the risk of damages.
 
 
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Tiling over vinyl flooring can be a straightforward, hassle-free project if you do your homework beforehand. Tiles tend to crack if they are subject to a lot of movement, so it’s best to install them directly over cement. However, if your vinyl floors are in good condition and firmly in place, tiling over them will work just as well.

What You’ll Need:
Putty knife
Carpenter’s glue
Sander or sandpaper
Ceramic tiles (extra-thick is recommended)
Pre-mixed thin-set mortar
Notched trowel
Tile spacers
Tile cutter
Grout
Rubber grout trowel
Sponge
Grout sealant

Step 1—Inspect Your Floors
Make sure that your vinyl floors are in place solidly, and there is no warping, loose areas or wax. Wax can be removed with either sandpaper or a sanding machine, depending on the size of the area. Make sure that the end product is shine and dust-free and flat. If you have loose areas, raise them with the putty knife and place carpenter’s glue underneath. Allow the glue to set before moving on.

Step 2—Lay Mortar
Use a premixed thin-set mortar that has been designated for use on vinyl surfaces. This type of mortar is strongly recommended because it stays wet for some time, allowing the tiles time to set properly, and is already mixed with latex. Use the notched trowel to spread in small patches on the floor. It is recommended that you start in the middle and work towards the walls.

Step 3—Lay Tiles
Since you’re laying tile over vinyl flooring, it’s best to use extra-thick tiles which are smaller in width. This will limit movement, and excessive movement is what causes tiles to crack. Start in the middle of your floor and move toward the wall, placing tile spacers as you go. It may help to divide the room into sections and follow the grid lines.

Step 4—Cut Tiles, Allow to Set
Once you’ve reached the wall, cut any border tiles you may have with your tile cutter. When the tiling is finished, you can remove the spacers and allow the tiles to set—this will usually take about 12 hours.

Step 5—Apply Grout
After the mortar has set, you can start to apply grout. Follow the mixing instructions on the package, and when finished, find your rubber grout trowel. Using the trowel, apply the mixture between the tile lines and wait for about a minute. Take a damp sponge and wipe off any excess grout. Continue applying grout and sponging off the excess across the entire floor, taking care to wring out the sponge every so often to avoid spreading watery grout.

Step 6—Let Grout Set
Before you head off to relax and let your new floor set, make sure there’s no remaining grout you’d like to pare down and that your floor looks even. When you are satisfied that the work is finished, allow the grout to cure for about three days. During this time, keep moisture out of the area as much as possible—this will delay the drying process.

Step 7—Apply Sealant
The last step here is optional, but if you want to prevent the grout from staining or discoloring, apply a sealant over it once it has set.
 
 
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