How to seal self-adhesive vinyl tiles

Updated April 17, 2017

Do you want a new look for your flooring but are not ready to invest the time, energy and money it takes to lay down ceramic or porcelain tiles or wood boards? If so, self-adhesive vinyl tiles may be the ideal solution. You can place peel-and-stick tiles in a matter of hours and there is no waiting time for grout to dry. Because of their tendency to warp when wet, self-adhesive tiles are not recommended for use in areas where water is heavily used, such as in a washroom or rest room. However, applying a sealer over the top of the tiles can help guard them against moisture damage and regular traffic.

Clean the floor with a broom and mop. It is essential that the floor is free of dust and debris, as the sealant will trap in any surface dirt.

Protect the baseboards or moulding surrounding the bottom of the floor by covering it with painter's tape.

Add the sealant to a bucket. Dip the mop into the bucket and press the sponge mophead against the side of the bucket so that it is not dripping.

Place the mop on the floor near a wall and drag it lightly along the floor to deposit a thin layer of adhesive. When you reach a wall, make a U-shape with the mop and begin running it along the next row of tiles. Do not coat the same area twice. Continue in this manner until you coat the entire floor.

Allow the sealant to dry for 3 to 4 hours. The sealer will turn clear when it is dry; it begins as an opaque white colour.

Layer a second coat of sealer onto the floor, if desired. Make sure the sealer is completely dry before opening the floor to traffic.


Do not apply one thick layer of sealer in lieu of two thin coats, as it will not dry and harden properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Sponge mop
  • Painter's tape
  • Vinyl composition floor-tile sealer
  • Bucket
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Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.