How to Install Stainmaster Vinyl Tile

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Vinyl tile is perfect for high-traffic areas.
Vinyl tile is perfect for high-traffic areas. (Image: Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from Fotolia.com)

Vinyl tile is durable, easy to install and easy to clean. It is also very reasonably priced, making it a perfect choice for kitchens and baths on a budget. Stainmaster vinyl tile is also called "resilient flooring" and is installed and maintained much like any other vinyl tile. The Stainmaster line comes in a wide range of styles intended to mimic stone, wood and ceramic tile. All styles are installed the same way and can be easily handled by a patient homeowner over a long weekend.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Underlayment
  • Packing tape
  • Tape measure
  • Adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Stainmaster resilient flooring tiles
  • Spacers
  • Finish nails

Remove all furniture and appliances. Use a pry bar to pull the baseboards from the perimeter of the room. Vinyl tiles need room to contract and expand and should be installed beneath the baseboards to prevent large gaps at the edges of the room.

Place underlayment on the floor. Underlayment is padding that sits under the vinyl tile, making it more comfortable to stand on. Lay the underlayment on the floor with a 2-inch gap at the edges of the room. Secure the seams with packing tape.

Find the center of the two longest parallel walls. Run a tape measure from one point to the other to create a straight line across the room. Mark with a pencil. Spread a thin layer of adhesive along this line with a notched trowel. Lay the first row of tiles along the center line.

Cut the edge pieces by scoring the tile with a utility knife and snapping the tile with two hands. Set a spacer at the edge between the tile and the wall. A spacer will create distance to accommodate expansion. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the vinyl tile. Press the vinyl tile into place.

Spread adhesive on the floor and lay the additional rows of tiles in the same manner as the first. Finish the entire room in the same manner.

Seal the edges of the vinyl tile with caulk and a caulk gun. Smooth the caulk with your finger to create a smooth seam. Reattach the base molding with finish nails.

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