Peel-and-stick tiles afford homeowners a quick and inexpensive means of replacing their old bathroom flooring and giving the entire bathroom a fresh, new look. A fairly simply do-it-yourself project, the task does involve taking some accurate measurements and cutting the peel-and-stick tiles with a razor knife. While not a job for first-time do-it-yourselfers, it is something that most anyone can learn how to do. With two pairs of hands, the job should take just a couple of hours to apply the peel-and-stick tiles to a moderately sized bathroom.
Things You'll Need
- All-purpose cleaner like Pine Sol or Mr. Clean
- Tape measure
- Peel-and-stick tiles
- Razor or Xacto knife
Using an all-purpose cleaner, thoroughly wash and rinse the floor onto which you'll be applying the peel-and-stick tiles. Allow to dry at least an hour before proceeding.
Begin laying the peel-and-stick tiles in the center of the bathroom floor. Start at the wall farthest from the bathroom door. Measure the width of the room and fit the middle of the first tile to the point determined to be the center of the room. Peel the backing from the first tile and adhere it to the floor. Apply pressure to the tile for about 30 seconds before laying the second tile down.
Continue the tiling process all the way to the bathroom door. When the last tile is about to be laid, measure the distance from the previous tile to the threshold. Apply this measurement to the tile with a light pencil mark. Peel the backing from the tile and begin to apply it to the floor, asserting pressure to the back of the tile. Once you've determined that your measurement is accurate, cut away any excess tile from the last piece in the row, using the razor knife or Xacto knife. Press the edge of the cut tile firmly after cutting away the excess.
Repeat the process with additional rows of tile until the entire floor is covered.
Go back over each tile one last time, pressing firmly with your hand or foot to ensure proper adhesion.
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