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Answers to Questions About Floor Tile

Have Questions about Peel & Stick Floor Tile?

These are the most Frequently-Asked Questions on video. Each video is briefly summarized below the video player. Feel free to open the video in YouTube to leave comments, ask questions or subscribe to our channel. Thank you for your interest.

Question: Can I Install the Self-Stick Floor Tile When the Room is Cold?

Question: How Do I Remove Peel & Stick Floor Tile?

Click Here to Watch a short video (5 minutes).

Question: Is the tile smooth or textured?

Answer: The tile has a slight texture. On most patterns, it’s barely visible, especially from eye-level. The texture isn’t a part of any pattern. It’s very subtle and probably makes the tile a bit less slick. The texture is not deep enough to catch dust or dirt.

Question: Can the tile be installed over a previously tiled or vinyl floor?


Answer: Yes. the old floor must be clean, smooth and dry. No loose dirt of dust. Any cracks or holes must be repair. Not recommended on a cushioned surface.

Question: Can the vinyl peel & stick tile be installed on a cement surface?


Answer: The tile does well on smooth cement surfaces. As always, a clean, smooth and dry surface is necessary. Ground-in dirt is not really a big problem but any loose dust or dirt must be eliminated. You may want to consider a floor primer. If you’re going to use one, we recommend Henry’s Bond Enhancer.

Question: Should I use extra adhesive to make sure the tile sticks well?


Answer: NO! The glue on the tiles is super sticky and super strong. There is no need to add extra adhesive. In fact, it will void the warranty! Different adhesives are made with different chemicals which almost always make s them incompatible. There are some occasions where you may have a tile or 2 with a stubborn corner which doesn’t want to stay down. In that case, we recommend a product called Loctite. Only a small dot is necessary to stick down a stubborn corner.

Question: How do I get the sticky glue residue off my finger and off the surface of the tile after installation?


Answer: Goof Off! is the best solution we’ve found so far. We used to recommend Acetone. It’s the ingredient in common nail polish remover so you may already have some in your house. If you need to clean off the surface of the tile, use Goof Off because Acetone may dull the finish of the tile. Clean your hands and the tile with soap and water afterward and use either product sparingly. 

Question: What if my tiles are damaged during shipping?

Answer: Sure…it an happen. Tile is heavy and when it’s dropped, tiles can get damaged. It’s very important to report damage immediately (within 24 hours of receipt of goods). If the damage is not reported within 24 hours, our chance of getting restitution (in the form of a reimbursement) from the carrier is doubtful. If you are present at the time of delivery and you suspect any packages look like they may have been damaged, open, opened and then reclosed, you should indicate “apparent damage” on any documents you are asked to sign. Insist upon a report of “apparent damage.” If you report damage within 24 hours, we will replace damaged merchandise. After 24 hours of receipt of goods, we can not.

Question: Is the tile slippery when it gets wet?


Answer: Of course it is! Everything is slippery when it gets wet! We always tell people to think of this tile (no matter where you’re using it) like a kitchen floor. When you spill something on it, it will be slippery and you will ordinarily clean it up. The tile has a glossy finish and any spill is just going to sit on the surface of the tile and it will be slippery.

Question: Can the self-adhesive tile be installed over ceramic tile?


Answer: Although ceramic tile is not an ideal surface, we have had many, many customers do it. First, the surface must be smooth so all grout line must be filled in. Also, it’s best to sand and glossy surface off the ceramic. This helps the glue from the vinyl tile stick better.

Question: Will the tile be damaged by Jack Stands?

Answer: The best way to protect your tile under the weight of a car or truck resting on jack stands is to use a thick piece of plywood under them. Concrete can chip and crack pretty easily and most floor coatings or coverings aren’t made to withstand the punishment of floor jacks. The use of a square piece of lumber is pretty common practice.

Question: What happens if the Tile becomes Submerged Under Water?

Answer: The tile is naturally water repellent and can withstand some spills and even puddled water. However, it’s not made to be submerged for a period of time.

Question: I live in Florida (Arizona, Texas, etc.) and it gets very hot here. Can I park the car with hot tires in the garage or do I need to let them cool off?

Answer: As of the date of this post (April 5, 2021) we have been selling the tile for 20 years. NO CUSTOMER has ever reported that their hot tires were damaged by the heat of the tires. We certainly recommend you should take every precaution to preserve your floor.

Your tires will set upon the same group of tiles every time you park the vehicle. Those tile will get at least 90% of the wear & tear. Some customers lay rubber mats on those tiles. Some just lay 4 mats where the 4 tires come to rest.

We also recommed every customer should order enough tile to have tile leftover from the initial installation. It’s very easy to remove worn tiles and replace them…and your floor will again look as good as new.

Question: What should I use to protect the outer edge of the tile where the tile meets the garage door?

Answer: The exposed or raw edge will get a little chipped up over time so if you’re concerned about that, you can find a vinyl or rubber runner material at any well-stocked hardware store. Simply fashion a 6″-9″ strip and overlap the tile and concrete. Contact Cement is probably best adhesive for a job like that.

Question: What’s the difference between the Economy Garage Floor Tile and the Premium Garage Floor Tile?

We have been selling the economy garage tile for over 20 years, so obviously we have had great success with it. This product has a high gloss finish and a subtle raised texture which could be described as alligator skin. The economy tile is 1.2mm thick.

The premium tile is 1.5mm (25% thicker). The surface has a less glossy finish and rather than a raised alligator surface, it has tiny, shallow depressions.

The surface of neither tile holds dirt as a result of the textured surface.

In my opinion and experience, the premium tile is easier to install—for 3 reasons:

1. The paper backing comes off easier.

2. I think the adhesive is a little better.

3. The economy tile has a white paper backing with arrows to indicate which direction to lay the tile. Once you peel off the paper, it’s hard to remember which direction the arrow was pointing. It’s not a big deal with solid colored tile but depending on the lighting in your garage (or basement, or wherever you install the tile), it could make a difference.

The premium tile comes with a clear cellophane backing. There are no arrows indicating the direction, BUT you can see the direction of the glue on the back of the tile so it’s super-easy to know which way to lay it down.

 

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