Linoleum or Vinyl floors, that is the question now? Attention, we are going full Shakespearean here, when redecorating your floor comes to play. Many people say that Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring are the same things, but nope they are dead wrong. The most amazing fact is that linoleum was invented by an accident. It was not that type of accident that gave you superpowers, but it did give you super options for decorating.
I have a philosophy in life, everything must give you positive energy. To own painted parts in your home, opens a universe to dwell into, searching for happiness in every direction you point your head, finding life even in non-living objects. Personalize everything you own. Paint your floors or just buy patterned vinyl flooring or Linoleum floors?
While Vinyl sheet offers amazing artwork and it is easy to clean, come in wide range of colours, linoleum takes advantage of the entire rainbow of colours. Both materials are easy to clean, but vinyl is way easier than the linoleum. When it comes to cleaning Linoleum is more sensitive to products who have high pH, so always the choice is with neutral detergents. For vinyl sheet, it is recommended to use resilient and ceramic cleaners. Linoleum is made from tree resin, oil, cork flours, limestone and wood. Sometimes comes with a jute backing when discovering. Its ingredients supply it with that one of a kind scent, provoking memories of kitchens of antiquity.
Now lets get to the part where you are gonna paint your floors like a boss. Is your kitchen dingy looking? Can you sense how dull it looks even in the most beautiful part of the day? Then it is time. Time to create a piece of art.
Clean the floor, In and Out!
It is logical, you have to clear everything off the floor, and keep it clean at least for a couple of days. Take your time, put your furniture in a spot that is not going to interfere, making the task of painting your floors less of hassle. Sweep the floor, clear the dust and dirt. You can use a heavy-duty cleaner or you cold use white vinegar (accompanied with extra hour or two of air dry) oxygen bleach or ammonia.
Repair and Sand
For the paint to stick longer to the floor, you are going to need to remove all the shiny finishes by sanding the floor. It is easily done by using sanding block or screen. Doing this with plain sandpaper on you knees and hands is easy and practicable or just by using sanding pole or a tool that is especially made for sanding. Next step is to de-gloss the floor to make sure every part that shines is removed. You can do this by purchasing the needed materials from the shop, but be warned after you rub it on the rag, it is stinky so wear a mask or open the windows. If your floor is damaged, repair it quickly, by cutting holes around using a utility knife and filling them with caulk.
Afterwords you should paint your vinyl flooring. Mask off the bottom of your walls, you some coats on an all purpose primer; the concept is to ensure the patterned floor is covered over, so do not save some of your materials. If the plan is to paint the vinyl floor with a darker tone, such as chocolate or slate grey colour, consider tining the primer to cut down the quantity of paint you will have to use. When you start to paint the primer needs to be absolutely dry, and you will probably don’t want to have anything stuck to the floor, keep everything and everyone out of the room. It is tricker to do this with floors that it is with walls, it is logical! Placing bedsheets or old newspapers over the floor while the primer is drying is good options. After the process is finished do a quick sweep or a gentle wipe-down with an old cloth or even a vacuum cleaner might help you removing the risk of scratching the surface.
Paint and finish!
Now, is time to go ballistic with your imagination. You have every option that comes in mind. But first look at the room, how it feels? Does it go with dark tone or a light one? And remember when you are going to buy your new floor paint find more durable one so it could withstand years of foot pressure. Choosing the right colour that is most suitable for the room, as well your personal taste, you can starting to brush the outer perimeter, against the wall. After it is finished, use a roller for lighter application as you head towards the middle. Any colour you put should use two coats of paint, and be given time to dry off. If you have fans around your home use them to fasten the pace of drying. After is all dry it is to do clear coat of polyurethane to give your floor a beautiful finish and protect it from scratches and other damages. You can also give an extra two or three coats to have a sating looking finish. And after 24 hours you are ready to bring your furniture back and continue with your daily life.