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Replacing a carpet with vinyl flooring – part two

Last week, we looked at the easiest way for you to take up an old carpet and level out your room’s subfloor. Now, we’ll discuss the best method for trimming and laying your vinyl.

Get cut

First, you need to roll out your vinyl and, using a utility knife, cut away the obvious excess. With the flooring in place and its shape roughly corresponding to the room’s layout, pull an edge away to reveal the subfloor.

To make an exact cut of the point where the floor ends, lay a strip of craft paper along the foot of the wall. Next, stick small pieces of double-sided tape every two feet or so along the strip of paper. After peeling off the top sides of the tape and making sure the craft paper is in place, gently roll the vinyl back down.

When you pull it up again, the craft paper will be stuck to the underside of the vinyl flooring, allowing you to see the exact point at which you need to make your cut.

Use your utility knife to trim the vinyl down according to the template, and repeat the process along all the walls in your room

Now that your flooring is a perfect fit, it’s time to secure the vinyl.

Sticky situation

Here, we’re going to talk about perimeter adhesion, which allows areas in the centre that aren’t stuck down to effectively ‘float’ above – and mask – any imperfections in the subfloor.

Using a fine-notched trowel, spread your adhesive material in a band about six inches wide along the foot of the wall. Having laid the vinyl back into position, you can use a piece of wood wrapped in cloth to ‘seat’ it to the adhesive. Repeat this process along each wall.

After about two to four hours, a solid bond between the vinyl and the subfloor should have formed, which means you can now move the furniture back in.

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