How to install a vinyl tile floor with grout

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How to install a vinyl tile floor with grout
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Groutable vinyl tile flooring is a high-quality flooring product that looks very much like real ceramic or porcelain tile. Vinyl tile flooring will retain its beauty for many years. Install the tile according to the manufacturer's specifications to retain warranty coverage on an installation you can complete yourself.

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Things you need

  • TSP (optional)
  • Paint roller and roller cover
  • Adhesive primer
  • Framing square
  • Chalk line
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch spacers
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge
  • Tracing paper
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Towels
  • Bucket of water

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  1. 1

    Measure the square footage of the room(s) in which the tile will be installed. Use the following equation:

    Length x Width = Total square feet

    Add an extra 10 per cent of this total for the final amount of tile needed.

  2. 2

    Clean the subfloor so it is free of dirt, grease, oil, debris and paint. If needed, use TSP to clean the subfloor according to instructions on the bottle. Be sure that the floor is level. Use a levelling compound, if needed (follow installation instructions on the package). With a paint roller, apply a coat of adhesive primer to the subfloor and allow it to dry.

  3. 3

    Store the tile in the room it will be installed in for 48 hours before installing at 18.3 degrees C.

  4. 4

    Find the centre points of the two end walls of the room and snap a chalk line between the two points. Using a framing square, snap another chalk line at a 90-degree angle to the first chalk line.

  5. 5

    Lay the tile on the floor at the centre of the room (with the paper backing still on the tile) so the tile reaches the end walls. Adjust the layout of the tiles so at least 6 inches of the end tiles will be used. Cut the end tiles to fit. Do the same in the other direction.

  6. 6

    Start laying the tile at the centre point of the room leaving a 1/8-inch space between the tiles for the grout. Use spacers to help keep the grout line uniform. Press the tile onto the floor firmly for a good stick.

  7. 7

    Apply grout to the grout lines according to the instructions on the grout package and the tile package. Spread grout with a grout float. Clean any excess grout with a damp grout sponge using a circular motion.

Tips and warnings

  • Use tracing paper to make a pattern for irregular objects.
  • Do not install tile over particle board or the warranty may be voided.
  • Floor primer or basement sealer must be used over concrete before installation.
  • Do not install tile over sealed or unsealed concrete (primed concrete only).

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