Home Depot says it will stop selling vinyl floor containing phthalates, a chemical banned from toys and other kids’ products. Any dust or dirt will affect the adhesive properties of the tile and can often lead to early failure of the self adhesive vinyl tile, letting it move or completely peel off. One of the advantages of the homeowner who lays their own flooring is that they can design patterns and designs into it. Perhaps a basic white floor with a border of red tiles, and maybe a large red square in the center. I then used caulking to fill in any large spaces and cracks between the old tiles.
Different sizes of tiles require slightly different calculations, but the result is still a requirement that edge tiles be no less than ½ of a tile and the same procedure is still carried out. Alternatively to calculations, once the center is found tiles can be laid across the floor without sticking them down and the distance from the last tile to the wall checked. Working in just one quadrant of the floor at one time continue to lay tiles until the edge of the floor is reached.
Most of the self stick style of vinyl tile flooring has an arrow printed on the back side of it; pick a direction and make sure that when applied all the arrows will be pointing in the same direction. Tiles that have the arrow pointing in a different direction are usually obvious in the finished floor as the printing process used on the tiles is directional. It is very easy to lay the tiles just barely to one side of where they should be, and that small error can grow to something that is quite visible in the finished floor. Clean up the cut tiles, save any unused tiles for any future repairs, and you’re through!
The shoe molding removed in the preparation step needs to be re-installed, or if new shoe is to be used it needs stained or painted before installation. The engineered hardwood flooring , while a little more difficult than self adhesive vinyl tile flooring, isn’t impossible either and can really enhance your home. I’ve used this kind of self adhesive vinyl tile several times and the adhesion is tremendous. This method will be very cost effective and great for a quick change up in any room of a house.
Doing your own flooring is a great way to save money and learn a great skill while doing it. Nice hub. Home Depot will be the first major retailer to remove a chemical from vinyl flooring that’s considered dangerous to children. Home Depot ( HD ) itself did not issue a release about the new policy but confirmed the switch, which will take place by the end of this year. Lowe’s ( LOW ) did not have an immediate comment on the effort to remove phthalates from vinyl flooring. Iallonardo says that parents concerned about the flooring in their home should be sure to frequently clean their child’s hands and face as well as the floor.