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How to Lay Floor Vinyl

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Floor vinyl is fast becoming a cheaper alternative than tiles or floorboards because the newer styles available today actually look quite like the real thing. Vinyl is easy to maintain and clean and is relatively tough and long lasting. Mostly the patterns imitate natural surfaces and prices vary due to the standard of quality.

You will need:

  • Straight edge
  • Duster
  • Chalk
  • Paint scraper
  • Large scissors and or craft knife
  • Block of wood
  • Flooring
  • Flooring adhesive
  • Broom

Step One:

Leave the flooring rolled loosely overnight so it becomes supple and easier to handle. To make sure the pattern is parallel to the door mark two lines the same distance from the door wall and draw a line down the centre of the room.

Make sure that you also chalk the wall a little so you can check later when the vinyl is down.

Unroll the vinyl in the room, dragging it around to its final position and lay the flooring so it has about a 10cm overlap up the walls and into any doorways or alcoves.

Step Two:

Using the soft brush smooth out the vinyl and check with your two chalk marks to see if the pattern is lined up evenly.

Use the wood block to create a crease along the walls or skirting and then using the paint scraper, hold down the vinyl while cutting along the crease with the scissors or craft knife.

In any doorway make two vertical cuts down the vinyl at the edges of the doorframe. This should allow the vinyl to lay flat. Then trim accurately around the frame and across the opening to fit nicely against any adjacent flooring.

Step Three:

Around the corners of the room mark two points on either side about 5 cm from the corner. Then square up and cut it out.

This same method can be used for an outside corner, instead of a square shape, mark it into a triangle then cut out.

If the vinyl needs to be laid around an existing object such as a wash basin or stove, then the use of a stencil will help. Stencil the shape and trace it onto the vinyl, using small vertical cuts to ensure a tight fit.

If the sheets of vinyl need to be joined, overlap them halfway matching up the pattern and adjusting to keep a straight edge.

Always cut and fit vinyl before gluing down.

Step Four:

When all the vinyl is fitted and is sitting nicely, pull up gradually and glue at points such as doorways, joins and any place where furniture is used or moved regularly. If there is more than one join, adhesive should be used all over the floor.

Rub all over the floor to flatten with a damp cloth and remove any excess adhesive.

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