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DIY Tips for Installing Self Stick Floor Tiles

DIY Tips for Installing Self Stick Floor Tiles

When you think about giving a room a new look for not a lot of money, you often think of putting a new color paint on the walls, and changing out the Roman shades, or window treatments, but you can also change the flooring using some of the inexpensive self-stick floor tiles.

You will need a measuring tape, a chalk box, and a simple utility knife. You may also want to have a ruler to use as a straight edge when you are cutting your tiles.

Your first step will be to remove the baseboards from the bottom of the wall. Be gentle and do not break these boards because you need to use them when the new flooring is installed.

Then clean the floor of all debris and dust. You want a perfectly clean surface to work from. The tiles may not stick if there is any dirt on the existing floor.

You will next find the exact center of your room. Measure the width of the room and mark the exact center, and then measure the length of the room and mark the exact center. This is your starting point. Take the chalk box and mark a line across the room at the dead center location and then mark another chalk line across the room lengthwise at the dead center location. You start in the center of the room and work out each direction towards the walls and obstacles. This will allow for any cut tiles to be placed against the wall where the baseboard will help to hide any mistakes you might have made.

The back of these tiles may be marked with arrows. If they are the arrows are showing you what direction to place the tile in order to keep your pattern true. If they are not marked with arrows on the paper backing, then pay close attention to the tiles to make certain you are creating the pattern you wanted with them.

When you cut your tiles, you want to cut them 1/8 inch to ΒΌ inch shorter than the measurement you take so that your tiles will easily fit, and so that they can expand and contract as needed. Your base board will cover the gap this will create and your tiles will be easy to put in place. You can often use one tile to cut two different pieces if you pay attention to the pattern and always match straight edge to straight edge.

When cutting your tiles mark them using a ruler as a straight edge and run your utility knife down the straight edge to score the tile. Then pick the tile up and snap it into at the score. This will leave a clean edge for you to work with.

Self-stick tiles are relatively inexpensive, but they can look very nice if cared for correctly. You do not want to saturate them when you are mopping so that you do not make the adhesive backing turn loose. You should keep a few tiles in a closet stacked flat on a shelf or the floor so that when a tile does turn loose, or become damaged you can replace it.

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