How To Remove Your Bathroom's Carpet And Install Vinyl Tiles

If you just moved into your first home and just can't live or one more day with the old carpet in the bathroom, then you will be pleased to learn that you can easily remove it and put down self-adhesive vinyl tiles in its place. Even with limited do-it-yourself experience and a minimal budget, you can successfully complete this project in a single weekend with fantastic results.

Follow these steps to remove your bathroom's carpet and replace it with inexpensive vinyl tiles:

Step 1: Using a pry bar, pull up one corner of your bathroom's carpet and detach it from the tack strip holding it in place. Remove the carpet by lifting it out and rolling up so that you can easily carry it outside. If there is a pad below the carpet, you should remove it the same way.

Step 2: Using your pry bar and a hammer, remove the tack strips and baseboards around the edge of the carpet.

Step 3: Sweep and vacuum the entire bathroom floor to remove any tacks, nails, and dirt.

Step 4: Using a putty knife, apply drywall compound to any areas of the sub-floor that have nail holes or other damage. Once the drywall compound is completely dry, then you must sand it to make any patched areas level with the surrounding floor. The easiest way to do this is to use a palm sander. Once all of the sanding is completed, then you need to vacuum the area very well once again.

Step 5: Decide on the pattern and placement of the vinyl tiles you want to install. Start by installing them on one corner of the room and work your way across the floor. To adhere the tile to the floor, remove its backing and stick it onto the sub-floor. Use a hand-held brayer to remove any air bubble from under the tile. This one simple step will greatly increase the ability for the vinyl tile to stick to the floor.

Step 6: Continue installing each tile next to the one before it according to the pattern that you have chosen. When you need to trim a tile, cut it using a utility knife and a straight edge.

Step 7: Finally, once the new floor has been installed in your bathroom and the old carpeting is a thing of the past, then you should replace the baseboards to match the new flooring that you chose.

If, however, you would like to replace the old carpet with a new carpet, consider a carpet company like House Of Floors.