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We are planning on installing laminate wood flooring throughout the downstairs of our home but wanted to play it safe in the bathroom and laundry room in case of any water spills. So we decided to go with this luxury vinyl tile for the rooms. We have installed tile in the past but never vinyl tile. With this being something new for us, we where a little hesitant at first and weren’t quite sure how it would turn out. In the end, it turned out great and might actually use it somewhere else in our home in the future.
We ordered the luxury vinyl tile and adhesive from Wayfair. It took a few days for it to come so in the meantime we worked on demoing the existing tile from the laundry room. When using any type of vinyl tile it is very important to make sure that whatever surface you are laying it on is smooth and clean. We spent a few hours scraping mortar off of the concrete slab that remained from the demo process. Once we had it all scraped, we swept it real good and used a shop vac to pick up all the fine dust.
After we had the floor all prepped we laid out some of the tile to see where to start and make sure that we weren’t going to end up with any little slivers on the sides. Once we knew where we where going to start we snapped a chalk line to make sure we got the first row nice and straight. We then spread the adhesive out with a 1/16″ trowel. We went ahead and did the whole area at once since it wasn’t a huge space (about 70 sf). The directions said to trowel onto surface and wait for it to turn from a yellow color to a tan color before starting to lay the tile (about 45 min).
The installation of the title went fairly quickly. We started in the middle of the doorway following the chalk line and worked out from there using 1/8″ spacers for our grout line. Since we had spread the adhesive throughout the whole laundry room we had to lay the tile and and walk on it as we went. I was a little concerned at first walking on it right after laying it but it was really no problem at all. Once that tile is stuck down it is stuck down and not going anywhere. We did an alternating pattern, so the first row was all full tiles so the next row we had to start with a half tile. These luxury vinyl tiles are super easy to cut. I just used a straight edge and a sharp utility knife. All you do is score it and then bend it along the score and cut it from the back. Once we had it all laid we walked on it to make sure every tile was glued down good.
We waited about 30 min and then began to grout. We used pre mixed Fusion Pro Platinum #115 Single Component Grout from Home Depot for our tile. Make sure to used a damp sponge on top of the tile before grouting so that the excess grout is easier to wipe up off the tile. We didn’t do this in the first section so we had to scrub the title pretty good to get it to come off.
While demoing the existing floors we left the base boards on the wall because we didn’t want to risk messing them up when removing them. So as you can see from some of the pictures, we where left with a little gap between the baseboards and the floor. To solve that, all we did was install some quarter round to hide that space. Lastly, we calked the quarter round and brought the washer and dryer back in.
Like I said earlier, we love the way it turned out and how quick and easy the process was. We will definitely be using this luxury vinyl tile again. On a side note, the concrete and forms came in for the concrete counter top late last week so hopefully we can get that ready to go in the next week or two.