Asked on Oct 8, 2017

What is the best method to secure self stick tile?

Mitchell thompsonLandsharkinncSto9987562


I bought a house 2 years ago. In 2016 I tiled the bathroom floor using self sticking tiles. I cleaned the floor regularly well made sure it was dust free but the tiles wouldn't stick.
The old floor was a vintage 1980s no-wax sheet vinyl floor. I read somewhere online that you should sand this type of flooring.

I am planning to tear up the tile I put down in 2016 and replace it with a more expensive self stick tile.

I would appreciate any tips about self stick tiling. Should I use an adhesive to secure the tile down better?

The bathroom is only 6 x 9. The area for flooring is 5.5 x 6 ft. The master bathroom is much bigger for some reason. The master bathroom is 9 x 11.

The house was built in 1988.


5 answers
  • Lynn Goins
    on Oct 8, 2017

    To have a long lasting floor, you need to glue even the peel and stick. I learned the hard way.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Start by pulling the tiles up. Scrape all the old glue out, wash it with a mild deterrent, laundry diluted. Don't soak up the floor too much with the detergent. Dry completely, wait a day. Start in the middle of the room, and work your way out, to the walls. When you purchase the tile, make sure the lot numbers are the same. These #s are on each box of tiles. If one is different, the shade of the tiles may be off. However much you need, buy one extra box for mistakes, and future repairs. Each tile on the back has an arrow, follow the arrows as you lay the tile. The problem with the tiles coming up is, there is too much moisture in the bathroom. If you have a window in the bathroom, keep it cracked a bit, if not, keep the door open a bit. If you have an exhaust, use it. Also if you have a shower curtain, don't pull it closed as soon as your done. Wait a half-hour before you do this. Good Luck! E.JL.
  • Sto9987562
    on Oct 8, 2017

    if you are looking to replace it, try a floating vinyl floor. allure is one brand name I can think of right now. But there are styles to choose from, such as hardwood look or ceramic tile look. I’ve used it twice now, both times in a bathroom. Very easy to install, using a straight edge and sharp knife.
    I find self stick tiles can be a crap shoot. If you have to use an adhesive with them, you may as well get a regular tile and use adhesive!
  • Landsharkinnc
    on Oct 8, 2017

    at this point -- maybe Gorilla Waterproof Glue --- try it on one and see if it holds
  • Mitchell thompson
    on Oct 8, 2017

    You may have to prepare the floor like sizing for wall paper . Read the directions to see if thats what you have to do ??
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