How to Lay Linoleum Squares

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If you have to remodel a room, including the floor, you should explore the possibility of using linoleum squares. Many times, ceramic tile is not appropriate because old wood subfloors tend to move a little. This movement over time will crack the grout and tile. Wood floors are an option, but not usually for bathrooms. Linoleum has come a long way since its invention, and now there are beautiful patterns and sizes from which to choose. Going with the option to use linoleum can save not only your time and money but it provides a very nice surface if installed correctly. The twelve-inch self-gluing squares are the most convenient for installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Linoleum tiles
  • Primer
  • Utility knife
  • Steel straightedge
  • Clean the floor very well. Most of the time it is good to put down a thin layer of wood called luan plywood, if you have a wood sub floor. Of course, if you are working on cement, it is not necessary. Luan is inexpensive and does a good job of covering over all the seams from old wood floors and leftover glue. Make sure to spread a thin layer of glue, as well as staples to fix it securely. Dust mop any bits of sawdust or other construction debris from the surface of the floor.

  • Seal the wood surface with a bond enhancer tile primer available in most home improvement stores. It pours out like water so make sure not to let it form puddles. Smooth it out with a wide paintbrush or roller, making sure to get in the corners and edges. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

  • Draw a chalk line from one end of the room to the next square with the walls. Generally, the center of the room is the starting point, but you can also work along the area where your eye will first look as you enter the room.

  • Remove the paper backing from the linoleum, paying attention to the directional arrows on the back. Lay the first tile along the chalk line and press firmly, giving it a few good whacks with the side of your fist. Continue to lay the tiles tightly against each other.

  • Use all the whole tiles before starting on sections that need cutting. Take the time to measure accurately before cutting them to fit into smaller spaces or around pipes. The linoleum can crack if bent, so work on a solid surface with a sharp utility knife and a steel ruler. Use a heavy roller to smooth out any air bubbles.

  • Once all the tiles have been set in place, allow the glue to set up for twelve hours or overnight before walking on it. A simple dust mop should be all that is necessary for the first week. After that, follow the manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning. Keep a few extra tiles set aside for replacements.

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