Vinyl flooring. Admittedly, not as bad as it used to be. And it is softer underfoot than it was, but it still isn’t good. It is available in a vast range of designs and patterns. It is best used in commercial buildings like care homes and the cheaper hotels. If you intend using it in your house, I would certainly keep it in an out of the way place like a utility room or the downstairs toilet. If you’re determined to fit it yourself, then I suggest you read on about how to fit it properly.
I will be blunt at this point. You’re gonna will want a quite a great deal of kit to do this job. Unless you’ve got a large amount of vinyl, it may even work out less expensive to pay someone else to do it for you.
Anyway, to do the job you will need a roll of vinyl (obviously), a Stanley knife, vinyl glue, a steel straight edge, a tape measure, a paint scraper (for that glue), a ballpoint pen, a roll of double-sided flooring tape. And, if you have got a tiled floor or it is made of concrete you will probably will need some self-levelling compound.
Step 1: The Vinyl:
Laying cold vinyl is a nightmare. It is stiff and does not stretch well. So, leave the vinyl in a warm room for a day and turn on the central heating. It will make fitting it a great deal easier.
Step 2: Preparing the ground:
If you have a raw concrete floor, you will be required to ensure it is absolutely flat. Otherwise the lumps will show through the vinyl. It may look unsightly and present a potential safety hazard. Purchase a self levelling compound, spread it over the floor to fill the holes and follow the instructions. This will do the trick.
Self levelling compound is what you’ll will need if you are covering ceramic tiles. Spread a thin layer and fill in the joints between tiles. Again follow the instructions and allow it to set.
If you are covering floorboards, you’ll need to lay hardboard over them to produce a flat, smooth and stable surface. Make sure you stagger the joints and use an abundance of pins to make sure they don’t rise over time.
Step 3: Lay the Vinyl:
Make sure that the area is clean. Get the vacuum out and give it a top notch hoovering. Take your shoes off. You won’t will need them on for this job. They will just drag grit around. Now, unfurl the vinyl alongside the longest continual wall. Keep unrolling until the pattern is parallel with your wall. Leave a 4 inch overlap against the wall.
Now you will need that Stanley knife. When the vinyl is unrolled, keep it as flat as you can around the edges close to the wall by making vertical cuts into the waste vinyl (i.e. the stuff pressing against the walls that won’t be covering your floor). For a neater finish, cut into the corners and trim the excess vinyl so that you form a V shape.
Step 4: Fit the Vinyl:
Now that you have cut the majority of excess vinyl off, it will be more controllable. Obtain a pen and mark off more excess vinyl. Cut it away. Your aim now is to get the vinyl into the rough shape of your room leaving a 1 or 2 inch excess all around the sides.
Step 5: Trim and glue:
Ok, press the straight edge against the vinyl and trim to fit exactly. Force any edges under cabinets, skirting boards etc. This is going to give you a nice, crisp finish. if you have got anything other than ‘stay-flat’ vinyl, this is the time to stick it to the floor. Follow the instructions on the glue container.
Step 6: Finishing:
You are practically there. Using a soft brush and starting from the centre of your room, push out any bubbles. Secure the vinyl along at the doors and entrances to the room with double sided carpet tape. It is going to stop it moving.
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When I say that I understand how hard it may be to do these tasks that I have written about in this article. I have applied these tips to many projects through the years but from the beginning when I first started off in the trade there was much to learn. For my training I went to a firm called Carpet Fitters London. They taught me everything that I know.
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