How to Paint and Make Over a Linoleum Floor

paintinglinoleumDid you know it’s possible to paint over that linoleum floor that doesn’t fit with your kitchen or bathroom decor? If you have a linoleum floor that’s looking a little worn or outdated, this can be an excellent makeover option. With just some primer, paint and a few other supplies, you can completely transform the way your floor looks.

Remember, when you work with cleaning chemicals, primer and paint, you need to be aware of fumes. Open windows, set up a fan and wear a facemask as you work.

Prepare the Floor

First, move everything out of the room and remove vents or outlet covers on the floor. Then sweep the floor and mop it well. You can use trisodium phosphate to give it a deep clean and remove stubborn stains. The idea is to get the floor in the best shape possible before you paint it.

Now, use a power sander to remove the shine from the floor so the paint will adhere well. This can also help get rid of anything that is stuck to the floor.

Protect Fixtures

Use painter’s tape around the base of the toilet, shower, cupboards or anything else that needs to be protected. You can also use drop cloths or tarps to cover fixtures and counters so you don’t accidentally drip paint on them.

Now is also a good time to make sure things are in good repair so you can make changes before your new floor is finished. Arrange for someone who specializes in appliance repair, plumbing repair or boiler repair on Long Island to make repairs.

Prime the Floor

Now it’s time to start priming! You can use a general indoor use primer to cover the floor. Depending on the kind of floor you are working with, you may need to do more than one coat to cover the color before you use paint.

Make priming and painting easier by cutting in around fixtures, cupboards and the bases of the walls. Then, come back with a paint roller to cover large areas faster. Start on the inside corner of the room and work your way out.

Be sure to let the primer dry as long as directed on the package. Failing to let it dry completely will result in a bad finish and could even ruin the color and look of the paint you use in the next step.

Start Painting

Once the primer is completely dry, you can start painting. For best results, use a paint that is labeled for use on porches or floors. This kind of paint is meant to stand up to wear and tear common with floors and will last longer and look better. Depending on the color you are using, you may need to use multiple coats. Get creative and use a stencil to add a pattern or create stripes with painter’s tape.

Painting a linoleum floor is a great option if you’re looking for a way to change the look of a bathroom or kitchen or if your floor looks outdated. Contact us if you need assistance with repairs before you paint your floor. We specialize in appliance repair, leak detection and repair and boiler repair on Long Island.

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