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How to fit non-slip flooring

Non-slip flooring is a fantastic choice if you want to ensure the safety of the floors in your Liverpool home or workplace. It a city that loves to host and entertain, it’s vital that floors can stand up to heavy footfall.

Nowadays, there exists a range of non-slip floor options. Depending on the room that the floor will be installed in, the surface area of the floor that you want to cover, or the hardiness of the non-slip floor you need, take your time deciding which option will be best for you. Installing a non-slip floor can be a big job, but it doesn’t have to be tricky. Grab a couple of friends to help you, and you could finish laying your floor in just one afternoon!

Paint-on option

One of the easiest ways in which to improve the abrasiveness of your floor without compromising on its appearance is by using a non-slip surface treatment. This goes on like paint. Make sure that the area that you want to treat has been thoroughly washed, and is perfectly dry. Apply the product with a roller, and rinse off to make your floor non-slip.

Vinyl and lino-based options

If you are looking for something more heavy-duty or you are keen to lay a brand new floor, several types of vinyl- or linoleum-based floors can easily be fitted with the help of your friends. Again, preparation of the surface is really important. Make sure it is clean and dry. Remove as many fixtures from the room as you can before you begin installation. Measure the surface area you need to cover and roll out enough flooring for the floorspace you want to replace. Mark onto the flooring the points where you need to cut and where you need to make space for doors or other openings. You may need to do this bit in the garden, or in a room larger than the one in which you want to install the flooring.

Line the edge of the flooring up so that it is flush to the longest side of the room, on the floor, and using a hobby knife, score along the opposite edge to make sure that the flooring is a tight fit in the space. Remember that it is often easier and neater to pass linoleum under the bottom of a sink, toilet or fixed unit, rather than trying to cut around these, so check to see if you have the space to do this.

Once you have finished this for all sides of your room, including any tricky, irregular areas, get your friends to help you to roll up the carpet into an even tube shape. Apply adhesive to the original surface under which your new floor will sit, and together, slowly roll out the cut linoleum over the glue. Make sure that while the adhesive is still wet, edges and corners are flush to the wall. Use a small plank or large meter ruler to smooth out any air bubbles under your surface. When it’s all done, don’t touch it for a few hours (overnight is better).

After that, nothing remains except for you to thank your mates for helping you out – show them some of that good old Liverpool hospitality – and head to the pub for a congratulatory drink while it dries!

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