02-16-2012 02:00 PM
I want to put down a new floor in my kitchen and already have vinyl peel and stick tiles on there now. I heard it is easy to use these. I just wasn't sure if I need to remove the old tiles first, or do I put the new tiles on top of the old ones.
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02-16-2012 02:57 PM
Hey there aripper,
Your talking about putting new peel & stick tiles on top of old ones, correct?
If so, you're very much in luck, because that's a relatively easy process. Since the tiles literally only require you to peel & stick them, installation is a sinch.
There are some things to be aware of though, so read through these before you start to make sure you don't get stuck (I know, it was a really bad pun...I couldn't help it though):
- Embossed Textures
If your current floor has any thick ridges or lines or textures on it that you can easily feel underfoot, you'll want to eliminate those. Lightly sand the surface of the floor with a sanding sponge, removing as much of the textured feel as you can. What this does is stop it from telegraphing into your new floor over time.
- Repair Areas
If any spots are a bit worse for wear, make sure you address them now. Any uneven or broken spots will cause slight failure in your new installation. So be sure to patch up any missing areas or glue back any broken spots.
Similar to the embossment, make sure to rough up a glossy surface first, so that your new adhesive can bond better with it.
Be sure before you lay and tiles down, that your floor is clean and dust free. Give it a quick mopping before hand so that your glue has a fresh surface to go down onto.
And there you have it--told you it was simple! I hope this helps answer your question and get you on your way. Let me know if you have any other questions, and be sure to keep us posted on how it turns out!~
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06-10-2012 01:59 AM
Hi, I want to put peel & stick vinyl tiles on top of lanolin carpet that is over 20yrs old which is glued to the floor. I had put another vinyl carpet on top of that & is torn so bad. Can I still put the tiles on the 1st flooring? I'm afraid of it slipping. & What prep do I need to do? I want to work on this ASAP.
Thank you for Your interest!
06-16-2012 11:56 AM
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
All vinyl or hard-surfaced tiles require a flat level and clean surface. With that said, you will need to take up any and all layers of carpet for the new peel and stick tiles.
All tiles will not work and fail if you install it directly over a soft surface like carpet. So with that said, you'll need to start taking off the old glued down carpet.
To do that, you'll need to start in a corner or section of the room, using a utility knife to cut into the carpet. After getting a section up, you can then use a floor scraper to then take up larger pieces of the carpet.
After you have scraped up the carpet, you will most likely have an abundance of remaining adhesive left on the floor. To take this up, you can use the following adhesive remover shown below alongside a scraper to take the glue off once and for all on the floor.
Scraping is the key to getting the carpet and the adhesive underneath it off for good. As stated earlier, the tiles need to be installed on top of a good clean and level solid floor. So with the steps and products shown above, the vinyl tiles will be secured and work great for a long time.
Hope this helps you out,
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