Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! DIY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! DIY

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Byline: By Richard Spencer,evening Gazette

For a relatively inexpensive new flooring that is hard-wearing, easy to clean and water-resistant, you can't get much better than vinyl.

Vinyl is often the choice for bathrooms and kitchens, but it can also be an excellent choice in kids' rooms because it is warm underfoot and helps reduce noise.

Although not a difficult DIY job, it can be quite an inconvenience as the room in question will be out of action for a day or two.

Also, things get trickier if there are a lot of features or fixed awkward shapes in the room, such as basins, mantle pieces and alcoves.

Once you've carefully measured how much vinyl you need and purchased the required amount, leave it loosely rolled or completely open in the room for 24 hours, to allow it to acclimatise.

This should make it easier to handle and less prone to warping.

Before laying, ensure the floor is totally level and without lumps and bumps that will show through and spoil the appearance.

Give the area a thorough clean to ensure it is dust and dirt free and work without shoes to avoid undoing this preparation and dragging grit back in.

Unroll the vinyl to leave at least 50mm turning up against the longest straight wall.

This can be more difficult in older properties where the walls aren't square, so adjust the angle of the sheet until the pattern looks right laid flat.

You may like to lay the sheet out and draw the measurements straight on to its surface to avoid the confusion caused by a mirror image on the underside.

Be very sure that your measurements are correct before doing any cutting and keep any offcuts should you need to fill in gaps later on.

Use a clean broom to sweep and press the vinyl flat and get rid of any air bubbles. Then, at corners, cut directly down from the edge of the vinyl towards the floor to make it lie flat. …

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