I am going to show you how to lay vinyl flooring.
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The tools I’m going to need for this job are knee pads,safety glasses and dust mask,hard-wearing working gloves,sponge,vinyl adhesive,measuring tape,four-inch notched trowel,utility knife,a hammer,silicone gun,and two-meter wide vinyl flooring. It comes in 3.6,depending on the size of your room. First process is to check any nails that are showing up or any screws. You’ve got the hammer,you’ve got the scraper,just to check. Once we’ve scraped the floor,we now sweep the floor and then we can start filling in the gaps. So to fill the gaps in the floor,we’re going to fill the gaps with a tube of silicone. It’s flexible,so if there’s any movements on the floor,it’ll counteract that.
We fill the gaps in so it makes the floor nice and smooth so it doesn’t show any indents when we further vinyl the floor. So once the silicone’s dried,we can start laying the vinyl flooring to cut. So you roll out the vinyl like this,but because we’re doing some cuts,make sure you roll the vinyl up the wall like 75mm so it allows for any mistakes in your cutting. So if you cut it short,you can always push it back.
So once we’ve rolled out the vinyl and mark it then with a pencil. Just run your finger underneath the pencil mark because the vinyl can move before you’ve cut it. Once I’ve marked the vinyl,and using a sharp utility knife,only do half a meter a time. It just saves trampling over your vinyl and getting it damaged. So once we’ve done this cut,we’re going to do the back wall cut then,exactly the same. So once we’ve done the cuts in on the skirting boards,before we go into the corners,we do two vertical cuts,so the vinyl,if it’s not responding to the corner,to finish up the trim.
And then we mark it again with a pencil. In this situation,because there’s no skirting boards on the room at the moment,you’re going to see a few gaps down on the bottom where the wall meets the floor. You don’t need to worry about that because once the skirting board is on,the gaps will be covered up. So once we’ve done the first two cuts and the first corner,we roll back again about a half a meter and we do the same process again,marking it and cutting it. When we’re going into a corner like this,we cut here on an angle,so we’ve got two angles in a V-shape. And then once we’ve cut those,we push the vinyl into the corner,ready to cut again. We don’t cut into the corner again until we’ve cut these two pencil marks as we do the same in the corner,we go vertical and two cuts.
Once we’ve just gone round this corner,to finish off the doorway,get a spirit level,bring it back towards you,tie it into the door frame,and then you cut along the spirit level then. So now we’re ready to put the glue down around the edges so we can lay the vinyl flooring. Just stick your trowel in,like so,not too much on your trowel,and just drop it back so you get no drips,75ml,50ml,no need to go in any less than that or any more than that. We’re starting at the furthest end of the room.
We’re laying the glue on the back of the wall first,slightly into the corners,and we’ll push this down with a damp sponge into the wall,like so. Then you go left to right,pushing out all the air bubbles and making sure the vinyl sticks down to the glue. Once we’ve done the back wall,we now go to pull back to on the left hand side and we’ll go over that and do the same process again and then to the right and do the same process again,pushing out all the air bubbles and making sure the vinyl is firmly stuck to the adhesive.
And then we’ll work back towards the doorway. In high traffic areas,it would be best to glue the whole floor to save the vinyl moving around. If you’re doing like we’re doing today in a walk-in wardrobe,you can lay it with a double-sided tape all around the edge,or 75ml of glue just around the edge. Or you can even lay it loose because the weight of the vinyl will set it in place. If you’re not wearing the dust mask,make sure your room is well ventilated,so the fumes can disappear. Allow 24 hours before you can walk on it,and in this instance,allow 24 hours before finally putting your final skirting boards on and finishing up the door frame.
Laying vinyl flooring is a simple process anyone can do around the house and it’s relatively cheap as well. .Read More