Installing Vinyl Tile Over Existing Vinyl Floor: Major Steps To Install


Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is also known as vinyl flooring tiles. The vinyl flooring tiles give a perfect and shiny look to the home and the lifespan of the vinyl tiles is nearly 5 -20 years.

Major Steps To Install Vinyl Tile Over Existing Vinyl Floor

Here are easy steps to installing vinyl tile over the existing vinyl floor:
  1. Underlayment: The first step to install vinyl tile over the existing vinyl floor is to put down an underlayment to prepare the existing vinyl floor for installing vinyl tiles. A thin plywood work best for the underlayment. Remove the door, baseboards then cover the entire vinyl floor with the sheets of thin plywood.
  2. Adhesive: Now place peel-and-stick tiles directly on underlayment by rolling the adhesive.
  3. Cleaning: For scrubbing the vinyl floor the user need to mix 3 tablespoons of degreasing agent like dishwashing liquid or trisodium phosphate with one gallon of water and scrub the floor with a clean cloth.
  4. Rinse: Rinse the floor with solution using a tack clean cloth, then wipe vinyl flooring with dry towel.
  5. Dry: Now let vinyl floor air-dry for nearly 8 hours.
  6. Stripping: Remove the layer of the urethane which is applied on the vinyl flooring with chemical floor finish stripper. Apply a little amount of the chemical on a vinyl floor, then wait for 2-3 minutes, now use rubber gloves for hand then scrub the vinyl floor with a plastic scrubbing pad and keep scrubbing until the shine is gone from floor.
  7. Scarifying: The meaning of scarifying is to rough the surface of any type of floor. Use a pole electric sander to the lightly rough surface of an existing floor. Remember not to use any powerful electric sander because they can damage the floor easily.
  8. Leveling: Embossing leveler is a good thing to fix all cracks, dimples, depressions of the stamped floor patters. Simply, apply the leveling compound for nearly 24 hours, just before installing the vinyl tiles.
  9. Apply Tile Adhesive: Finally, the user needs to find centers of 2 opposing walls, then mark the spots with dark pencil and repeat this process again for other 2 opposing walls. Draw a line of chalk across the underlayment or floor according to the marked spots. Now simply, apply tile adhesive on fully dry-embossing leveler or on the underlayment.
  10. Apply Vinyl Tiles: The user needs to start working from the area where the spots are present. First, apply the tiles adhesive because tiles adhesive dries quickly. Then apply vinyl tiles, Simply place the tiles on the new underlayment or new floor.
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