Vinyl floor tiles are all the rage for some people because they’re so inexpensive and so easy to use. When it comes to covering a bathroom or kitchen floor the peel-and-stick tiles make it a simple task for the average person to lay wall-to-wall floor covering. Rather than struggling with a huge roll of linoleum or other floor cover the tiles allow you to do small areas at a time. This makes it much simpler to cut around the curves of the commode or the outline of the tub. Lots of people hire professionals to lay large pieces of linoleum, but with the adhesive tiles, anyone can do the job themselves.
It used to be that linoleum or even adhesive tiles were strictly used for floor covering. Nowadays, though, you can find the vinyl being used as a surround kit in the shower or even as decorative wall hangings. After laying the tiles in the area you want you’re likely to find that you still have several tiles leftover. In fact, if you purchased more than you need, you could have even a box or two remaining. Why throw these down in the basement and forget about them when you can use them to redecorate your kitchen? Say your kitchen doesn’t need new floor covering? That’s okay! Put the vinyl on the walls, instead, and you can change the look of the kitchen in no time!
Tired of painting the kitchen, year after year, because of the grease splatters that appear behind the stove? Sick of trying to scrub spatter marks and stains from the painted walls? You don’t have to face that anymore! Just use those leftover floor tiles to create a backboard for behind the stove, and after that, you can simply wipe away the grime. When you use vinyl tiles as the backboard, you not only protect the wall, you also create a unique design for the kitchen. The tiles can also be used to make a splashboard behind the sink.
Vinyl tiles are available in a variety of colors and patterns at most any home improvement store. You can also find them at some stores that feature under-ten or under-twenty dollar items. Depending upon where you shop, the tiles are sold by the box, and can contain two or three dozen tiles per box. Each tile covers one square foot so it’s easy to figure up how many tiles you will need. If you have tiles leftover from more than one project you can actually – sometimes – combine the two patterns. Use mostly one pattern, but place a tile or two from the other pattern, here and there. Or, create a border with one pattern then fill in the remainder of the space with the other pattern.
Quality vinyl tiles, of course, cost more money than the knock-offs. Although they both look great the quality tiles are more likely to have the best adhesive backing. Another difference in the quality is that the cheaper tiles are often much thinner. Since the tiles won’t be walked on they don’t take as much abuse as they do when used on floors. Since that’s the case the cheaper types are fine for making splash boards and backboards. However, it might be necessary to purchase a product that’s made to bond tiles. The tile bond-type products are sold at any home improvement store and dispense just like white glue – only thicker. This bonding liquid can help you secure tiles to most any surface.
It’s necessary to thoroughly clean the area you wish to tile by using a grease-cutting formula. Hot, soapy water can be used if you have no grease relief products. Clean and dry the area well; make sure the wall is thoroughly dry before trying to affix the vinyl tiles. When you’re ready to start check the back of each tile where the pull-away paper is. Most of these types of tiles have an arrow that indicates which way the tile should go. Make sure all these arrows face the same way, as you stick them to the wall, so that the finished pattern matches up exactly.
It’s easy to cut tiles with scissors as you need to. Do the entire wall behind the sink and/or stove or create a square or rectangle of tiles at the area you want to cover. Use the tile bond on each and every tile to ensure they stay in place. Check the label of the product you’re using to see how much time to allow for setting. After that, you can wipe down the tiles, spray them with cleaners, and otherwise treat them as you would any ordinary wall covering. With ordinary backboards and splash boards you have to get out sawhorses and power tools, but with the adhesive vinyl tiles, all you’ll need is a ruler and a pair of scissors. It’s an easy way to create an elegant look for your kitchen as well as a useful arrangement that protects your walls.