I'm a first-time home owner. My house is going to need some cosmetic
updating, including removing a linoleum floor that's in pristine
condition but is just too 70s for me to ignore. I want to replace it
with press on tiles. I've never done anything like this before. I'm
thinking I need to pull up the linoleum, remove any residual adhesive,
sand whatever surface is there, vacuum and then apply the tiles.
Does it sound like this would work? Am I leaving out an important
step (like call contractor to do the job)? Is this something I should
NOT attempt to do myself?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Yes. Part of the room is a horrible bright yellow which I will paint
over, and part of the room (e.g., backsplash) is a horrible faux brick
which is again straight out of the 70s. I don't know whether I can
remove that and paint the wall beneath it or if I should paint it
white. I've seen white brick (not sure if it was real or faux) and it
doesn't look so bad. I was thinking of painting it white first, and
if it looks bad, then I'd have it removed.
The existing floor isn't smooth. It's got a pattern stamped into it.
But I hear where you're coming from. Perhaps I should
reconsider--find a way to decorate that will take people's attention
off of the floor. After all, the floor is in great condition--it's
Thanks for all the good advice from everyone who responded.
Have you seen any houses w/this kind of tile installed? I installed some
and I've never been more disappointed. They tend to shift a lot and the
cracks inevitably collect dirt, etc. that is almost impossible to get
out. If I had to do it over, I might use the sheet-type of
linoleum/congoleum or whatever they're calling it these days. YMMV.
Actually I never have seen this kind of tile installed except on TV
home improvement shows. I think I've decided to focus on making other
less intense changes in the room (like painting the cabinets and
changing the outdated knobs, painting the walls, and I'll be putting
in brand new appliances. Maybe with all of those changes the floor
won't seem so noticeably outdated.
Thanks for your advice,
Hi, I did the same thing only I installed over the old stick on tiles. (they
were all very well stuck. Might have been adhesive)
The old tile had a brick pattern I was afraid would show through. I troweled
over the old flor with a floor leveling compond to fill in the cracks
between the tiles and fill in the pattern.
Like previous poster said. the results of 12 inch square tiles isnt the
greatest but I'm not that fussy, it looks much better than the old floor, it
was cheap and I could DIM.
Welcome to the joy of home ownership and repair otherwise called DYI.
The old flooring might contain asbestos and is best left in place. The
"press on tiles" are not of real high quality but you should get a few years
out of them and they can be an excellent DYI project. Clean the old floor
with Parson's Sudsy Ammonia or similar solution mixed to "wax stripping
strength", allow to dry and follow the directions that come with your tiles.
This cleaning is "an on your hands and knees and frequent rinse water
changes operation". Think super clean and dull as your goal.
As another poster mentioned if the existing floor has heavy embossing you
may want to skim coat it after you strip the wax, grease and dirt to prevent
any pattern transfer to your new tiles.
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