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Old 09-24-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
 
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I am a single mom of 6 and am tackling replacing the floor in my powder room. So here is my questions -- first I got peel and stick tiles do I have to prep the floor? Second do I have to remove the sink and the toilet or just cut around them? Third do I remove the quarter round from the molding?

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Just stick em down. They won't last more than a couple of months anyway.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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If you can take them back or use them somewhere else I would certainly do so. You would be much better off investing in something like even a cheap remnant of seamless vinyl flooring. Those peel-n-stick tiles will not stay in place long, especially in a bathroom/powder room, will be coming up, and you will be slipping around on them. If you make a paper template first, you will be able to manage putting the vinyl in if you cannot afford to pay someone. If you must use the tiles just cut and fit them to the fixtures. It will look nicer if you remove and re-install the trim

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Just stick em down. They won't last more than a couple of months anyway.
' Peel and stick' placed on a clean, flat smooth surface should last approximately five years. I have experienced this in several rentals.
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Our kitchen is peel & stick, installed by prior owner
We have been here almost 6 years, I'd say they are 8 years old
They've been scuffed up quite a bit



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Thanks for the help.

I do not need them to last long -- just long enough that I can sell the house and move.

After that it is the next homeowners issue.

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There is nothing wrong with good self stick tiles if the floor is prepared properly and they are installed properly. Removing the sink and toilet will make the job look much better when you lay the tiles under these and not try to cut around them. If you cant remove these fixtures then you will have to caulk around them later. Not a finished look but your trying to save some money right. I don't know what is on the floor now but it needs to be a smooth surface like vinyl, wood, concrete something without groves an such in it or these will show through the tiles. Clean the floor real well and be sure to rinse off any soap you use well. Let it dry and lay the tile. Push the joints together as tight as you can as these tiles tend to shrink with age. Press them in place as you go and when your done walk on them all over as much as you can. You should be fine.
Don't use cheap tiles mid grade will do well like Armstrong or other well know flooring manufactures.
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Ok now question number 2 how do I get the toilet and sink up so I can lay the floors? Yes, we are trying to sell the house ASAP and it may go forclosure so I do not want to put to much $ into it -- but if the try to sell it I want to make it look presentable.

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Just heat the tile with a hair dryer where they are going around the toilet. It will get soft and you can cut close around. Then caulk.
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Ok now question number 2 how do I get the toilet and sink up so I can lay the floors? Yes, we are trying to sell the house ASAP and it may go forclosure so I do not want to put to much $ into it -- but if the try to sell it I want to make it look presentable.

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Cut the tiles to fit. Consider renting a vinyl tile cutter - although that will only help you with cutting the straight edges. A utility knife can be used for the toilet area. Use a heat gun (or hair dryer as Rusty suggested) to soften the tile before you cut it.

Also, make sure you start laying the tile in the center of room.

How you prep the floor will depend on what is there now.

Good luck with the sale. I hope it works out.

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Also, don't mop the floor for at least 5 days. That gives the adhesive time to fully cure and will help it last longer.
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Hope Momonthego doesn't mind if I tag on to her questions.. I'm doing the same project. The current floor is a vinyl tile that is over 40 years old..although in pretty good shape, just worn. Should it be primed first or can I install the tiles right over the old ones?
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