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.
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.