How to Install Floor Tiles Over Plastic

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How to Install Floor Tiles Over Plastic
Floor tiles are installed over plastic to add a fresh look to a home. (Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from

Plastic laminates or other forms of plastic often cover a floor of a home. These laminates peel and wear with age. In this case, it makes sense to retile a floor to add a new colour and improve the overall look of the home. Floor tiles will install over a plastic laminate surface as long as the plastic is still adhered to the floor. The tiles are set onto the plastic after just a few minor adjustments are made.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Flooring grout
  • Hand trowel
  • Floor tiles
  • Spacers
  • Rubber squeegee or float tool
  • Damp sponge

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  1. 1

    Apply fibreglass adhesive to the surface of the laminate countertop using a hand trowel. Then apply a sheet of fibreglass paper on top of the adhesive. Smooth the paper with a flat edge, wide blade putty knife to remove air pockets and ensure the paper is perfectly flat across the floor.

  2. 2

    Spread a quarter-inch layer of tile mortar over the fibreglass paper using a hand trowel. Cover a 3-foot-square section of the floor with mortar (or as large a section as you will be able to tile in about 10 minutes). This is the same process as if you were spreading mortar over a plywood surface.

  3. 3

    Lay the first row of tiles into the mortar placing spacers between each tile. Use 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch spacers--whichever you prefer. Gently tap the floor tiles into place with the butt of the hand trowel so they settle into the mortar.

  4. 4

    Spread another 1/4-inch layer of mortar across the paper in another 3-foot section of the floor and insert the tiles using the proper spacers. Tap them into place with the trowel handle. Repeat this until the entire floor is tiled.

  5. 5

    Apply grout to the surface of the floor tiles using a hand trowel and spread it over the tile using the float tool or rubber squeegee. Pull the grout across the surface of the floor tiles so the grout works into the gaps between each tile. Grout a five- to 10-foot section of the floor at a time, adding enough grout material to fill the gaps each time.

  6. 6

    Scrape off the excess grout from the floor tiles by laying the float tool on its side and drawing it across the tile surface. Wipe down the tiles using a large damp sponge to remove the remaining skim of grout from the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Match the floor tile grout to the type of floor tiles you are using. Ask a tiling professional for help matching grouts to tiles.

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