How to Cut Self-Adhesive Vinyl Tiles

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Self-adhesive vinyl tiles are easy to cut for a professionally installed look. Self-adhesive vinyl tiles are an inexpensive and quick way to freshen the look of a room. Simply prepping the floor correctly, following a grid pattern from the center of the room and cutting your self-adhesive vinyl tiles correctly may be the easiest do-it-yourself project yet. Don't let the fact that your room dimensions are not divisible by 12 or nine stop you from installing self-adhesive vinyl tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • Self-adhesive vinyl tiles
  • Pencil
  • Utility Knife

How to Cut Self-Adhesive Vinyl Tiles

  • Place one tile over the last full tile installed. Match the position and pattern (if any) because this is the tile that will be cut and fit into place.

  • Place another tile that will serve as your ruler over the loose tile and a quarter-inch from the wall or cabinet. You will now have an installed tile, a loose tile that is lined up with the installed tile and a loose tile partially over those.

  • Holding the tiles securely, use your pencil to trace the edge of the last tile placed onto the loose tile. This creates your smooth accurate cut line, so take your time.

  • Cut the marked self-adhesive vinyl tile with a utility knife, remove the backing and press it into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • One smooth cut works the best. Place your knife at one end and complete the cut in one even stroke. For the best appearance, move your grid start lines so no cut tile is less than half its original size.
  • Self-adhesive vinyl tile shows any underlayment flaws, so be sure to prepare your surface smoothly.

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