Vinyl Revival: The Ultimate DIY Flooring

Creating a statement floor needn’t be a hassle. We’ve looked to British vinyl flooring brand, Harvey Maria to offer some ‘do-it-yourself’ tips and handy hints for floor laying in your home – helping to create the perfect surface every time!

Offering a wide selection of coloured, patterned, wood-effect and textured tiles, Harvey Maria creates vinyl floors to suit every taste, style and room requirement, for even for the most demanding of spaces.

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Follow these top ten tips to learn how to fit your floor like a pro!

1 – The sub-floor onto which your new flooring is to be laid should be permanently dry, clean, rigid, free of flaws and flat.

2 – Suitable sub-floors include well fitted plywood (from 4mm – 12mm, sufficient to provide a rigid base) and screeded concrete floors.

3 – Flooring should always be stored flat. Leave in piles in the room for at least 24 hours prior to fitting in order to acclimatise to the conditions of the room.

4 – The ambient room temperature, and the temperature of the flooring and adhesive, should be at least 18ºC (sub-floor temperature at least 15ºC).

5 – Underfloor heating should be switched off for 48 hours before and after laying your new floor, and gradually brought up to full operating temperature over a period of days.

6 – Use recommended adhesives Harvey Maria recommended adhesives. For conservatories and areas with underfloor heating use specialist High-Temperature adhesives. 

7 – Work out your laying plan – check the fitting video below or visit the laying patterns page here. It’s usually best to begin laying from the centre of the room.

8 – Cut the tiles with a sharp Stanley knife, and have plenty of spare blades to hand. The fitting video has lots of time-saving tips including techniques for cutting at the edge of the room.

9 – Bed the floor in to the adhesive by applying even pressure across the tile with a flooring roller or equivalent. Wipe away any excess glue while still wet and allow to dry.

10 – Regular sweeping and mopping will help protect your new floor & use a good entrance mat to trap dirt. For best results use the floor care kit.

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