How to Install Cork Floor Tiles

How to Install Cork Floor Tiles

To learn what's involved laying cork floor tiles read the step-by-step directions and find out what tools and materials you need. Use the material calculator to know how many tiles to buy.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Prybar
  • Vacuum with crevice tool
  • Chalk line
  • Adhesive applicator
  • Paint roller
  • Rubber mallet
  • Floor roller
  • Utility knife

Materials Required

  • Cork floor tiles
  • Dri'Tac (tm) #6200 adhesive
  • Paste wax or polyurethane
  • Sandpaper
  • Floor adhesive

Before You Begin

Unpack the cork tiles and let them acclimate to the room temperature and humidity for at least 24 hours before installing them.

  • Step 1 : Prepare the subfloor

    Prepare the subfloor

    Remove all traces of old adhesive, paint or other debris by scraping, sanding or scarifying the surface of the subfloor. Use a prybar to emove all base molding around the room and any nails or surface blemishes in the subfloor. It should be clean, sound and level. Use a vacuum with a crevice tool to remove all grit and dirt.

  • Step 2 : Lay out the tile pattern

    Lay out the tile pattern Fist dry lay the first few rows of tile to get an idea of the shade variance. Mark the floor into quarters with chalk or a chalk line and strike layout lines on the floor beginning in the center of the room and working your way out to the walls. Follow the lines to install the tile.

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