Last month my husband and I covered our laundry room’s linoleum floor with hexagon peel and stick tiles. This peel and stick vinyl floor tile project cost us under $100 to complete and it went a long way to refresh the room. I received a lot of questions about the install on Instagram and Facebook and will answer them below! Scroll down for details on how to install peel and stick tiles over your existing linoleum floor.
Please review official tile instructions before installing. Flooring should acclimate for 48 hours in your home before installation (65° - 85°F). You can find the specific directions for this floor tile here under the category “peel and stick.”
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Step 1: Prep the Linoleum
Clear the floor of appliances, remove the quarter round trim, scrape up any remaining glue residue from the trim, and sand the floor with a hand sander (to rough it up a bit). You may be able to save your quarter round moulding and reuse, but ours broke when we removed it so later we replaced it with new quarter round trim (step 8).
Step 2: Mop and Vacuum the Linoleum
Mop and vacuum the floor a few times until it is really clean. Otherwise dust and dirt could impact the peel & stick tile glue’s ability to adhere to the old flooring.
Step 3: Lay the Tile
Before laying your new stick vinyl tile, store it in your home for 48 hours to acclimate the material. Decide the general layout of your tile before sticking them down. My husband started toward the center of the room after roughly mapping how to get ½ hexagons on the left and right side and avoiding needing to cut really skinny tile pieces.
We placed a hand weight on each tile for 20-30 minutes after removing the blue paper and adhering the tile to the linoleum. This helped the glue set and adhere to the floor. You can add grout between these tiles, but since this was for our laundry room we kept the project simple and laid each hexagon flush to the next hexagon.
Step 4: Cover the Room With Tiles
Lay tiles on floor with weights until the room is covered, leave open spots near the wall for last.
Step 5: Make a Template
For the space near the wall, my husband used a blank sheet of paper and a pencil to rub down the tile shape and define what size tile he needed to cut and install flush against the wall.
Step 6: Cut the Tile
Use the paper template and a pencil to define where to cut your tile. Then use a utility knife and a straight edge to score the tile (do this step on a scrap piece of wood so you don’t accidentally cut the other tiles) then bend the tile to break/snap.
Online tile directions mention, “ for intricate cuts around door jambs or moldings, heat the plank slightly with a hair dryer to allow the plank to be fully cut with the razor knife.”
Step 7: Repeat Step 6
Repeat this step until you finish laying tile around the edge of the room with weights. Per manufacturer directions, “after installation, roll the complete floor in length and width with a 100 lb. 3-section steel roller.” We skipped this because of the small size of the room, but if you have a larger room using a steel roller would be a good idea.
Step 8: Details
Reattach quarter round trim moulding, and you may need to caulk with a bit of white caulk around the door. We don’t have pictures of this step but if you have any questions email me or leave a comment and I’ll give more details!
We gave our new floor a few days before reinstalling the appliances (meanwhile I painted the laundry room walls). The tiles have remained secure. I did notice some black dirt that turned out to be leftover glue on the tile. It wiped up with some soap and water.
Is the vinyl tile groutable? Yes! There are directions in the tile box for grouting, and at our local store they had an example of the tile with grout. Since we were on a time crunch to get our appliances reinstalled, we went with the simpler route of installing hexagon tiles side by side with no grout.
How easy was the install? I asked my husband and he gave the install a ⅘ for ease of install. Being patient and giving the glue time to set so that the tiles don’t shift is the hardest part.
How affordable are vinyl tiles? Very affordable! A 5/5 for budget friendliness. These marble vinyl tiles were .99 per tile. I purchased 3 boxes (90 tiles) and ended up returning 7. In total we spent $82.17 on the tile material.
Are the tiles easy to clean? The tiles have a slight texture/matte finish to them. I like that they aren’t slick, but it does take more effort to scrub than expected. They are easy to vacuum & sweep! I give them a ⅗ for ease of cleaning.