DIY Installation Guide (Dryback)
This guide is for Dryback type tile floor.
Ready your tools
- Rubber Hammer
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- glue trawler
- L steel ruler
Choose your accessories
- Skirting (if you want)
- Vinyl adhesive
Visit our accessories page to see more available accessories.
Interior doors often have space at the bottom to accommodate new flooring. If yours don’t, cutting the lower door is needed before installing. You may want to cut shape of your door jambs to fit the new vinyl floor. Or else, you may trim door jambs and casing so you can slide the flooring underneath.
Preparing the floor before installation
- Decide you want to remain the existing floor (ceramic / wood /etc) or remove them before installation of your new vinyl floor.
- Grind down any humps, lumps or bulges in the subfloor. These may eventually show through on the surface of the vinyl floor. If you are installing directly over new concrete, test it for moisture and pH levels to ensure it has cured before installing vinyl flooring. Refilled holes and big cracks on floor if required. Floor needs to be perfectly smooth for best result.
- Vacuum, dry mop and dry the floor.
- Spread glue on cleaned and dry floor. About three planks wide (as long your hand can reach) and length.
- Use 1/16 spreader to well control the amount of glue on the floor.
- Place vinyl plank one by one and hard press to secure all corners.
- Clean up excess glue immediately with damp cloth.
After the Install
- For a minimum of 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed, don’t walk on the seamed areas. . Light foot traffic is allowed.
- To allow the adhesives to setup properly, keep the room at 68° F or greater for at least 2 days.
- Ventilate the area well for 48 to 72 hours.
- Do not replace your furniture for a minimum of 24-72 hours after installation
- Don’t drag your furniture back in place over your new floor!
- Protect your vinyl floor by covering the legs of furniture with felt protectors.
- Sweep or vacuum (without the beater bar) the floor regularly.
- Clean with a damp mop when necessary.
- Use gentle (non-abrasive) floor cleaner occasionally. Always follow product instruction carefully.
- Do not use “mop to shine” products, detergents, abrasive cleaner, as they may leave a dull film on your floor.
- Due to high temperatures, steam mops may cause damage to vinyl floor.