How To Install Vinyl Tile

Peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles are a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to transform a room. They’re available in a huge array of colors, textures and quality, and most cost between 89 cents and $3 each. Tiles are most commonly one square foot each, making calculations easy, and you can even choose different tiles for borders, designs and checkerboard patterns. To install vinyl tile, you’ll need only a few tools and some patience. Here’s how:

Before You Install Vinyl Tile

To determine how many tiles to buy, just multiply the length of the room by the width. That gives you the square footage, which equals the number of 12-inch-square tiles you need. Larger or smaller tiles will have a coverage area printed on the box.

Buy 20% more than you need. For example, if your room is 200 square feet, buy 240 square feet. The extra flooring will cover any miscalculations or mistakes, and it’s a good idea to keep extra tiles on hand in case you need replacements.

Vinyl tile can be installed over nearly any existing floor surface except carpet. The existing flooring needs to be clean, dry and flat. If you’re installing on concrete, repair any cracks or low spots before installing the tile. If your concrete floor is uneven, use a self-leveling compound, which will fill in the low spots and give you a good, flat surface for applying the tiles.

If you’re installing the tile in a bathroom, remove the toilet first and reinstall it when you’re done. Check out About.com’s Home Renovation channel to learn how to do this.

What You’ll Need

  • Self-adhesive tile
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge (yardstick, carpenter’s square, etc.)
  • Tile roller (a rolling pin from the kitchen will suffice)
  • Measuring tape
  • Tin snips for cutting odd shapes
  • Coping saw for curves
  • Chalk line

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Installation

1. Remove the baseboards.
2. Lay a new tile with the backing paper intact next to the doorjamb. Draw a line at the height of the new flooring and undercut the jamb to allow the new tile to slide underneath, if necessary.
3. Sweep the existing floor carefully.
4. The toughest part is determining where to start. Though it’s tempting to start along one wall, don’t. Instead, find the center point of the room by measuring and then snapping a chalk line across the length and width of the room at the midpoints of adjoining walls.
5. Line up your first tile at the intersection of the two lines.
6. To install the tiles, just peel off the backing, align it exactly where you want it and press firmly.
7. You can work in any direction you choose, lining up each tile carefully with the chalk line or the previous tiles and pressing into place. Pay special attention to aligning the edges so the rows are straight.
8. Roll over the floor with a tile roller or a rolling pin.

Tips

  • To make straight cuts, use a straight edge and score deeply on the paper side with a utility knife, then fold toward the face side for a nice, clean cut.
  • To cut tile to fit against a wall, place the tile to be cut (Tile A) on top of the tile before it in the same row. Make sure it’s aligned perfectly. Take another new tile (Tile B) and place it exactly over the tile to be cut. Keeping the side edges of both tiles aligned, push Tile A forward until it is snug against the wall, covering the space where the new tile will go. Trace the edge of Tile B on Tile A, pick up both tiles, and cut Tile A on the line you drew. Test fit it into the space; you should have a perfect fit.
  • Throw each backing paper into a trash bag as you work. They are extremely slippery and can cause even the most sure-footed to fall.

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Natural Cleaners: 12 Green Ways To Clean Your Home

Wouldn’t it be nice if having a clean home didn’t come at an environmental cost? Many of the ingredients used in conventional cleaning products — like ammonia and Detergents — are less than kind to Mother Earth . And if you’ve got small children or pets spending time on the floors you just cleaned, you may be particularly concerned about what may be lingering behind after the mop’s been put away.

Fortunately, there are solutions that are kinder to the environment and your wallet. You can clean anything in your home in a less toxic way, often with ingredients that you already have on hand. There are even dozens of ways to clean with plain white vinegar alone. And you don’t have to sacrifice a fresh-smelling home when you give up artificial fragrances when you use essential oils.

VIDEO: Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good : Natural Cleaning Tips

We’ve got 12 ways to clean your house that are healthier for your body, your wallet, and the environment. Mother Earth thanks you!

Scented Vinegar Rinse: Adding a splash of vinegar to your wash is a great alternative to fabric softener. However, if you miss the scent of softener, you can get the eco-friendly benefits without the harsh chemicals by making a scented vinegar rinse.

Homemade Deodorizing Discs: Put these easy-to-make discs anywhere you’d like to cut the smell: trash cans, diaper pails, behind the toilet, etc.

Clean Tarnished Cookie Sheets: Give your sad, tarnished cookie sheets new life easily instead of going out and buying new ones. Just add hydrogen peroxide to baking soda to make a paste, and spread it on your pan. Give it a couple hours and then wipe away — no scrubbing!

Black Tea Window Cleaner: Black tea is a great morning beverage, but it turns out that it’s also an excellent way to clean your windows. The tannic acid in the tea helps dissolve dirt and grease on the windows.

Grapefruit Tub Scrub: Try this. Instead of using a caustic tub scrub: cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle each half with salt, and squeeze to juice as you’re cleaning. Then you just rinse and enjoy the great smell left behind.

Natural Disinfectants: There are some surfaces you’d just prefer to disinfect — kitchen counters, toilet seats. Fortunately, as Tipnut shows with this impressive list of homemade solutions, you can make all-natural disinfectants with ingredients like tea tree oil, borax, and grapefruit seed extract.

Reusable Dryer Sheets: Disposable dryer sheets are wasteful, but that extra boost of scent and softening to finish your laundry can be nice. Life Renewed gives instructions for making your own dryer sheets, either with a store-bought natural detergent or one you make yourself.

Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner: Tea doesn’t just work for cleaning windows — you can also brew a bag or two to clean your hardwood floors . As with windows, the tannic acid is the reason this works and as
a bonus, it gives your floors a beautiful shine.

Natural Toilet Cleaners: You have to be careful with toilet cleaners, because some ingredients aren’t safe to use. There are no worries about these two solutions from Frugally Sustainable: one for a soft scrub, and one for a bowl cleaner.

Get Burnt Pans Clean: Here’s a solution for burnt pans that is both natural and cuts your scrubbing time. Fill the bottom of the pan with water, then add a cup of vinegar and boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add baking soda, then empty and scour as normal.

All-Purpose Cleaner: This all-purpose cleaner is made from ingredients you probably have in the house already and can be used to clean everything from counters to the litter box. You can even add a half cup of this cleaner to laundry to whiten.

Drain Unclogger: Have a sluggish drain? Think about grade-school science projects: the baking soda and vinegar that made your homemade volcano fizz can also unclog your drain.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/12/natural-cleaners-products-home_n_3071379.html