The installation process of Linoleum flooring highly depends on the quality of the prepared subfloor and conditions in which they are laid on the floor. The subfloors have to be properly cleaned, brushed, and made smooth. They must be permanently dried as well.
In this article, we are going to tell you about the correct and professional way to install linoleum flooring. We are also going to talk about the factors you need to consider before installing them.
Steps Involving Installation of Linoleum Flooring
Follow these steps to give your floors a professional look. It might be difficult for just one person to do this job, so call up your family members or friends. Here are eight simple steps to get a linoleum flooring-
- Measure the floor area which you wish to cover with linoleum. Pay close attention to corners or curved edges. Unroll the linoleum sheet and, mark with a pencil, the noted measurements of the floor. Use a linoleum cutter or a Mozart knife to cut out the dimensions.
- Lay the cutout piece on a flat surface for fifteen to twenty minutes. This will help the piece to flatten itself and will make it easy for you to install later.
- Meanwhile, divide your floor into sections, the first one being the largest in area, and apply a good quality adhesive over the first region.
- Use a sharp-edged spatula or a slide plate to evenly distribute the glue. Make sure the layer of glue is as thin as possible by making sure that the floor is completely covered as well as visible through the adhesive layer.
- Select the bigger part of the floor and start laying the linoleum sheet down.
- For the best outcome, after you are done laying the sheet, use a floor roller to get rid of the air bubbles between the floor and the sheet. Make sure you start from one corner and, in the same direction, roll towards the opposite corner. This will not only remove air bubbles but also make the linoleum sheet stick faster to the floor.
- For the next section of the floor, apply the adhesive in a similar manner. Hold the linoleum sheet at 45 degrees to the floor and start gently pressing down portion by portion. Make sure the second layer touches the first one. To be on the safer side, you can let the second layer overlap, a little, over the first layer.
- Continue this process until you cover the entire floor.
Laying the First Layer of Linoleum Flooring
Selecting the right quality of the adhesive is very crucial. Moreover, spot-checking of any chemical is important because it ensures that neither the floor nor the sheet is going to be damaged or discolored. Spot checking means you pour a few drops of adhesive on that part of the floor which is usually out of sight. After doing so, wait for half an hour to see whether there is any reaction occurring. If there is no discoloration or damages, you can use the same for the flooring.
Before applying the glue, check whether the cutout piece of linoleum sheet fits into every corner and threshold of doors. Mark with a pencil on the floor, a boundary that is at least 2cm away from the wall. This is precisely where you will stop spreading the adhesive so that it does not get on the walls and adjacent doors.
Laying the Second Layer of Linoleum Flooring
Cut out the second piece of linoleum according to the measurements of the second section. Place the sheet on a flat surface for fifteen to twenty minutes. Meanwhile, apply the adhesive all over the selected area.
Take the sheet and place it down, overlapping the first layer. The overlap should at least be 2cm. After successfully laying down the second piece, pull the overlapped region such that it perfectly sits beside the first sheet. Use a hammer roller or any type of paint roller to get rid of air bubbles.
Key Points to Know Before You Start the Process
Here are some important points to remember that will help you get better and faster results.
- The subfloor has to be prepared perfectly. It must be sanded down to give a smooth texture. Make sure to brush away all the sawdust and wipe it with a dry towel. Keep the surface as dry as possible.
- Temperature plays a crucial role too. A temperature of or above 18 degrees Celsius is preferable. Make sure the temperature is at least around 18 degrees Celsius, 48 hours before the flooring happens. The temperature of the room should not exceed 27 degrees Celsius while the process of flooring is going on.
- Make sure you spot test any fluid, especially the adhesive, on a small part on the floor. This will save your floor as well as your brand new linoleum from getting damaged. It will also give you an idea of how effective the glue is.
- It is advisable to buy a whole batch or roll of flooring at once. You might think that buying the same material from different shops won’t make a difference but, sadly, it does. Different companies can have different shades of flooring which might look the same but when glued together, look terrible. So, make sure to stick with one shop while going linoleum shopping.
- While you install each layer, remember to clean away any excess adhesive. Do not let the adhesive stay for long. Clean it as soon as you notice one. Use a dry cloth to do so.
- After the installation is complete, no washing or wiping the surface for at least forty-eight hours. Do not place any kind of furniture over the flooring for at least two to three days.
- Make sure the room you’re working in has proper ventilation. The odor of the glue can give a suffocating sensation.
- Make sure you handle the adhesive after wearing thick gloves. Keep them on while you cut the linoleum sheet.
Usually, linoleum flooring is done by professionals who have a vast knowledge of wood material, linoleum flooring, and adhesives. But using this technique will simply do the trick for you. Before buying adhesives, ask the storekeeper for suggestions or recommendations.
We hope that this article has been helpful to you and you bring out the best outcome after following these instructions.