How to Lay Linoleum Flooring

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Invented in the late 19th century, linoleum flooring was popular by the early 20th century. It was largely replaced by modern vinyl flooring in modern times, though it's making a comeback. The all-natural composition of linoleum from tree resins and other materials, along with its rich, pliable surface, give a warmer look and feel than vinyl, though it is installed in the same way and with the same tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Household cleanser
  • Scrub brush
  • Mop
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk snap line
  • Carpenter's square
  • Vinyl tile adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Linoleum tiles
  • Vinyl tile cutter
  • Thoroughly clean the floor with household cleaner and a scrub brush. Mop-rinse it well. Let it dry for 24 hours.

  • Use you chalk snapline to divide the floor into four squares, laying two intersecting lines. Set a square at the intersection as you are snapping the lines, so they are exactly 90 degrees to each other.

  • Lay vinyl tile glue over the floor at the intersection, covering 3 or 4 square feet within one of the corners between the lines.

  • Press your first linoleum tile into the adhesive, so it's bordered by the two lines at the intersection.

  • Press the next tiles in place along the edges of the first. Get them butted tightly. Work your way out from the center to the edges of the room, spreading more adhesive as needed. Lay all the full tiles that will fit.

  • Cut tiles for the edges of the room on a vinyl tile cutter, cutting them to the size of the remaining spaces, minus ¼ inch to allow a space near the walls for floor movement -- floor trim will cover the spaces later. Set the tiles with the cut sides facing the walls. Let them set for 24 hours.

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