Asked on Jan 08, 2020

How do I install new peel & stick tiles over existing ones?

I have peel and stick tiles that are coming up and cracked. I want to install new, really cheap tiles, just as a stop gap until I remodel the kitchen, in a about a year and half. Underneath the current peel and stick tiles is another layer of peel and stick. I would like to take up just the top layer and put down new. Any thoughts on whether this is possible?

  7 answers
  • Gk Gk on Jan 08, 2020

    Hello Karen! If you already have 2 layers of peel and stick tiles and it seems fine you should be able to remove the first layer and then add more. You might find that you can't remove just the first layer--that adhesive is very strong! Of course it would be better to remove ALL the peel and stick tiles first. They can be tough to remove. I have used a heat gun to soften the adhesive so the tiles can be pulled off easier. You have to be careful with the heat gun. Move it back and forth across each tile to heat up the tile and then have a board to lay the hot heat gun on while you are pulling up the tiles. You can only do a few at a time. It is a tedious job but if you keep at it you can remove all the tiles.

    • Karen L. Johnston Karen L. Johnston on Jan 08, 2020

      Thank you. I know it would probably be better to remove everything, but this is kind of a "stop gap" measure. The existing layer of tiles are broken and chipped in places. I'm just trying to do something until we can afford to completely remodel.

  • William William on Jan 08, 2020

    Should remove all the tile to install new. Any imperfections in old tile will transfer to new tile. Also too much weight can cause all tile to separate from the wall. Seems like that has already happened with the two layers you already have.

    • Karen L. Johnston Karen L. Johnston on Jan 08, 2020

      Thanks. I know I should, but I really don't want to put that much effort in when I'm going to completely gut the kitchen in about another year or so.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 08, 2020

    I have done it before. I added peel and stick vinyl squares over existing sheet vinyl floor in a guest bathroom. Be sure to strip off any wax and maybe scuff up the floor. Definitely get rid of old layer of tiles. Mine stayed OK for many years - a little slip where pressure was applied due to foot traffic after a few years. I eventually pulled up all flooring and laid ceramic tile during a remodel.

    • Karen L. Johnston Karen L. Johnston on Jan 08, 2020

      Thanks Ken,

      Good advice. I'm not concerned about perfection. I'm just trying to make it look at little less "Green Acres".

  • Hi, Karen!

    I would definitely remove the existing tiles first. Then clean with a degreaser or TSP prior to putting new tiles down. Using a hair dryer or a heat gun set on low definitely makes it easier! I hope this helps!

  • Karen L. Johnston Karen L. Johnston on Jan 08, 2020

    Yes, it does. Thank you so much.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 08, 2020

    If you can get the old up and clean it, you can put down the new one. If not, you can put down luan plywood which is thin. Then the new tiles.

    • Karen L. Johnston Karen L. Johnston on Jan 08, 2020

      Thank you Kathy. It sounds like a good plan, but I'm hoping for something a little less labor intensive. Not that any of it will be.