How to Put Down Linoleum

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Linoleum is a flooring material made of linseed oil, wood dust, and bits of cork laid over a sheet of jute. While once a popular flooring choice, linoleum has been replaced in recent years by vinyl tile, hardwood and other materials. With the growing trend towards green, environmentally friendly materials, however, linoleum has made a comeback due to the fact that it is composed mainly of recycled materials and emits no chemicals. In addition, it is considered a rapidly renewable resource because its production cycle is very short and does not require harvesting of slow-growing materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • 1/4" plywood sheets
  • Wood staples and stapler
  • Tape measure
  • Linoleum tiles
  • Exacto knife
  • Flooring adhesive
  • 100 pound flooring roller
  • Prepare your room for flooring installation. Remove any furniture, baseboards and existing flooring from the room.

  • Lay a plywood subfloor as a base. Use quarter-inch sheets of plywood to cover the entire floor. Staple the plywood in place using wood staples, being sure to staple along all joints.

  • Measure both walls and use your measurement to determine the center of the room. This is where you will start laying our your tiles.

  • Lay your floor. Using no adhesive yet, start in the center of the room and lay the linoleum tiles out in rows, placing the tiles as close as possible to one another without overlapping. When you reach the walls, use your Exacto knife to trim the last row of tiles to fit properly. You have now determined your tile layout and are ready to install the flooring.

  • Apply adhesive to the back of each tile, one at a time, and stick it to the plywood substrate. Keep the tiles at the locations you have previously laid out.

  • Roll the entire floor with your 100 pound weight to eliminate any bubbles or bulges in the floor. Start at one work and work your way evenly across the floor.

  • Wait 24 to 48 hours for the linoleum to set before moving furniture back into the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you work in a properly ventilated area when working with flooring adhesive.

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