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Kitchen Decorating IDea Guide :: How To Install Vinyl Flooring

How To Install Vinyl Flooring

You can give your kitchen a whole new look by learning how to install vinyl flooring. This is not a job that you want to cut corners at since installing it incorrectly can ruin the look all together! They key to installing vinyl flooring is in the details and prep work.

One of the keys when learning how to install vinyl flooring is to make sure you have a smooth surface to work with. Any little divets, holes or pieces that stick up will result in a rip in your vinyl later on. Along these same lines, the floor must be clean with no debris. Be prepared to remove all furniture, appliances (or at least those that you can) and moldings.

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You'll need to know how to buy vinyl flooring as well as how to install vinyl flooring if you are attempting a do it yourself project. Vinyl is sold in square yards so you'll need to measure the room in square feet and convert. Measure length and width of the room and multiply them for the square footage (a kitchen that is 10" long X 9" wide is 90 sq. feet). Now divide by 9 to get the square yards which in this case is 10. If you have any odd jogs in the shape of the room you will, of course, have to account for that.

Before learning how to install vinyl flooring, you'll need to make a template of the room. Lay out builders paper and cut to fit the room exactly how you would want the vinyl to be placed. Unroll the vinyl and place the paper template over it, with washable pen, trace the temple. Cut along the lines with a sharp knife.

Put your vinyl in the kitchen for several hours or overnight to let it come to room temperature. Roll the floor out and make any last minute adjustments to the fit. Roll back half of the floor and apply adhesive per manufacturers instructions. Lay that portion back and press it down. Repeat for the other half. Use a floor roller from middle to edges to bond the adhesive to the subfloor. Keep traffic out of the room as much as possible for 24 hours.

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