22 Nov Do-it-yourself linoleum laying
Linoleum is still one of the most used floor coverings. The method of laying it is quite simple, and its cost does not exceed the average price for floor coverings. There are many types of linoleum, among which the buyer can choose what he likes: thin, for insulation, wide and narrow, various colors: imitation under the carpet, stone, parquet. Linoleum is an excellent waterproof material, which contributes to its use in rooms with constant humidity and frequent wet cleaning: in bathrooms, toilets, kitchens.
One of the keys to the durability of linoleum is its proper quality installation. You can, of course, turn to specialists so that they put it well. But, given the size of the coating and its flexibility, it is quite possible to do it on your own. Do-it-yourself linoleum laying does not take much time and effort. Before laying, of course, you need to prepare the surface. And not only the surface of the main floor, but also the reverse side of the linoleum. The floor must be perfectly level. If there are any irregularities, try to remove them, otherwise in the future they will not only spoil the look, but also create holes in the coating. Cement mixtures, liquid floors or just plaster will help with this.
Now you need to prime the back of the linoleum. For what, you ask? The fact is that linoleum is best glued to the floor, and the primer will increase the reliability and quality of fastening. Of course, you can do without glue – it’s much faster and you can easily remove the coating if it gets tired. However, if you are going to leave the room in this form for a long time, then at the first rearrangement of the furniture, unwanted blisters may form, which will be almost impossible to remove. So, the primed surfaces are dry. Now you need to spread the linoleum in the room and leave it for several hours or days. The thicker the base, the more time it takes for it to take on a naturally even shape and smooth out from the kinks that it received in the roll. When the visible waves disappear, you can proceed with the installation.
We cut the joints of the canvas with a construction knife, fitting them to the walls and to each other so that there are no extra edges anywhere. We choose PVA glue or other glue acceptable for these types of work. Glue is applied with a roller, leaving no free space. We lay linoleum, level the surface, control the joints. For better installation, you can use cold welding for joints. We apply welding on the cut ends, make sure that there are no gaps between the sheets. Upon completion of the installation, we fix the plinth, which will not only give the room a complete look, but also hide small laying defects in the wall area.