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How to Install Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile Over Linoleum

Learn everything you need to know to install peel and stick vinyl tile over your linoleum floors using Floorpops tiles.

Have you ever wanted to give your linoleum flooring an updated look?

Me too!

In fact, one of the projects I knew we had to do for my laundry room makeover was new floors.

After 15 years of wear and tear, our old floors were looking pretty tired.

And discolored in places.

When I was planning this room’s new look, I had considered wood-looking vinyl plank flooring.

However, when we started shopping for the flooring, it was really hard choosing something that wouldn’t clash with the wood floors in our hallway.

We considered floating vinyl floors like AnnMarie installed in her laundry room, but I would’ve wanted to do black slate too and didn’t want to do the exact same kind of flooring…

I love the look of painted ceramic tiles, but we were nervous about installing them ourselves.

Plus, they’re not cheap!

Then, I discovered Floorpops peel and stick vinyl tiles by Wallpops.

Their black and white Gothic tiles are very affordable and would give my laundry room exactly the look I wanted!

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We did some research and came up with the best way to install the Floorpops vinyl tile over linoleum.

Then we measured the room and ordered the tiles!

Laundry room with washer and dryer along the wall with peel and stick wallpops floor tiles laid on the floor to estimate installation pattern.

When they arrived, I couldn’t wait to open a box and see how they would look in the room!

By this point, we had already repainted the room and built a custom wood valance for the window.

There was a new shelf over the washer and dryer, and the water hookup was hidden with a custom beadboard box.

We created a feature wall using picture moulding.

The space above the cabinets was enclosed and the laminate cabinets were painted.

We had even built a custom beadboard drying rack!

The only things left to do for the room were to hang and paint the new French door, and install the flooring.

How Do You Prepare a Linoleum Floor for Peel and Stick Tile?

There is some conflicting information about how to install peel and stick vinyl flooring over linoleum floors.

Some resources say you need to remove the linoleum first.

Others say you can install the tiles over top of the linoleum.

And others recommend covering the linoleum floors with primer to improve adhesion.

Our linoleum floors had some texture, but it wasn’t as highly textured as other linoleum floors we looked at in our local box stores.

Close up of linoleum floor and baseboards after the quarter round moulding is removed.

So we decided to install the peel and stick floor tile over top of the linoleum.

But with a coat of primer.

We removed the quarter round moulding before painting the room.

By the way, it was so nice painting the room with the old flooring!

When I dripped on the old linoleum?

No problem.

Plus no worrying about about moving a drop cloth around.

Empty laundry room with vinyl flooring after the vinyl floors have been cleaned.

After emptying the room, we vacuumed and mopped the old linoleum floors.

Bottle of Tec Multi-purpose Primer sitting on a linoleum floor with a roller on a roller frame

Then it was time to do the primer.

This TEC Multi-purpose Primer is recommended when you install stick on tiles over linoleum.

Man on his knees in a laundry room squirting primer on linoleum floor.

Just pour it on the linoleum, then use a roller to spread it over the surface.

Talk about easy!

It took less than five minutes.

View of laundry room with linoleum sheet flooring that has been primed and prepped to install peel and stick tiles over top.

The primer helps fill in the texture of the floor, and also gives the floor a surface that will help the peel and stick tiles to stay stuck.

How Do You Plan The Tile Layout?

We played around with some different configurations for laying the Wallpops floor tiles.

Be sure to keep the backing on the tile while you’re playing around!

See that little bump out at the back end of the room?

That added a little challenge for laying out the tiles for this room!

We quickly decided we wanted the longer section to be full tiles, and then we would only need to cut two tiles a little shorter.

Also, the room is also just a little longer than 12 feet, which meant we would need to cut one row of the 12×12 tiles.

But, if we started with an uncut tile at the doorway, the cut tile along the window wall would only be 3-inches wide.

We were concerned such a short piece wouldn’t stay stuck.

Lining up floorpops tiles along wall to plan placement in a laundry room with linoleum flooring.

So we ended up cutting the tile at the doorway in half, which meant the tile by the window was longer.

Before you get started installing the stick on tiles, get all your tools together first.

Empty laundry room with sheet linoleum flooring and materials needed to install peel and stick vinyl wallpops tiles. A chalk line has been made to line up the first row.

Then snap a level chalk line to be the guide for the first row.

Tools Required to Install Peel and Stick Tiles

You should also have a trash can handy to throw away the backings for the tiles.

They pile up quickly and are super slippery!

You should also get a piece of scrap wood that you can use as a cutting surface.

How Do You Apply Peel and Stick Tiles?

Get ready, because installing these peel and stick vinyl floor tiles is fast!

Use a metal T-square as a guide for cutting the vinyl tiles.

All you need to cut the Floor pops is a utility knife!

Man using a large T-square to cut a vinyl peel and stick tile

After you make the cut, simply fold the tile along the cut line to complete the cut.

Man folding a peel and stick vinyl tile along a scored cut while installing the tiles.

Then flip the tile over and use the utility knife to slice through the paper backing.

Man's hand using utility knife to slice through paper backing of peel and stick vinyl tile

Remove the paper backing from the peel and stick tile, and attach it to the floor.

That’s it.

Peel and stick vinyl wallpops tile cut and installed on top of linoleum sheet flooring with a chalk line.

Our first tile needed to slip under the door frame.

The door frame had enough space for the tile to slip underneath without any additional work on our part.

If your door frame doesn’t have enough space, an oscillating multi tool like this one from Dremel, does a great job!

Man installing second peel and stick vinyl floor tile over linoleum flooring.

Now, use the level chalk line to line up the edge of stick on tiles.

As you can see, my laundry room isn’t square!

The tiles sat almost a half inch from the baseboard by the door, and end up flush with the wall by the far end.

This is why you use a level chalk line to line up your tiles, not the wall…

The quarter round moulding completely covers up the gap.

Woman installing peel and stick Wallpops vinyl tiles in a laundry room over linoleum flooring while man installs tiles in the adjoining linen closet

Once the first row was installed, the process went so quickly!

I took care of installing all of the whole floor pops tiles, while my husband handled the cuts.

Woman installing peel and stick Wallpops vinyl tiles in a laundry room over linoleum flooring while man looks on.

Keeping the trash can handy meant there was virtually no mess during the installation.

Dryer vent folded and lifted off the laundry room floor using a bungee cord while installing peel and stick vinyl tiles

If your dryer vent is dragging on the floor, a bungee cord does a great job of getting it out of the way!

We were able to use some of the cut tiles to fill in the small holes like the one above.

Should You Use Adhesive With Peel and Stick Tile?

Once all the tiles are installed, a weighted vinyl floor roller will help the tile adhesive to hold.

We rented this roller from our local rental shop for $14 for a half day.

Man using a weighted roller to helppeel and stick vinyl tiles to adhere after being installed.

While most of the tiles stuck well, there were a few that needed a little more adhesive, even after rolling.

We used this adhesive for any floorpop tile that wasn’t lying completely flat.

The tiles along the window wall all needed the additional adhesive because there seems to be a slope to the floor!

Floorpops Review

I am so happy with how Wallpops floor pop tiles look in my laundry room!

But I do want to point out a few things.

First, we don’t have a relationship with Wallpops.

We purchased the peel and stick tiles and I’m just sharing my experience with them to help you out if you’re considering using them too.

The Wallpops website doesn’t recommend installing their tiles over textured linoleum.

Our old linoleum floors had a little bit of texture, however the tiles are adhering great!

The primer coat before installation plus a small amount of adhesive on a few of the tiles is all it took.

However, these tiles aren’t perfect.

They are an inexpensive flooring solution, and if you look at them really closely, you can see that they aren’t a really high quality.

I’m okay with that.

These peel and stick tiles cost us about $135 (including the primer, adhesive, and rental of the roller), which was perfect for our budget.

Close up of the intersection of four wallpops vinyl tiles showing the pattern lining up.

A lot of the tiles match up nearly perfectly, as you can see above.

However, even with lots of rotating, not all the tiles line up perfectly…

Close up of the intersection of four wallpops vinyl tiles showing the pattern not lining up.

There was a small part of me that was bothered that the pattern looks a little off in some places.

But honestly?

The pattern of these vinyl tiles is based on hand-painted tiles.

Do you really think hand-painted tiles line up perfectly?

Probably not!

Finished laundry room floor with black and white wallpops peel and stick vinyl tile in Gothic pattern.

And when you look the room as a whole, you don’t notice those tiny imperfections at all.

All you see is a pretty floor that looks so much better than the old linoleum flooring!

If you follow my tips, you should have great success with installing vinyl tile over linoleum too.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Karen

Saturday 14th of May 2022

When you go back and use liquid nails to hold the tiles down better, do you peel the whole tile up to apply adhesive or just lift a couple of corners?

Anne

Monday 23rd of May 2022

Hi Karen! Thanks so much for checking out my post about installing peel and stick vinyl tiles. I'm sorry for the delayed response to your question! I was away on vacation last week and am just seeing it now. We just lift up the corner or edge that's already lifting and add the liquid nails to that section. Then we put something heavy on top for a few hours to help it adhere (a box of kitty litter works great!). I hope that helps!

Stacy S

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Great post! Thanks for all the helpful tips. Did you do anything to seal between each tile, like a grout or sealant? I can feel the seems when I walk on our tiles and wonder if there is something you did to seal the floor?

Anne

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Hey Stacy! Thanks so much for reaching out! We haven't done anything like grout or sealant between the tiles, but we have been going back and using liquid nails to hold them down a little bit better. I know what you mean about feeling the seams. I don't think this will be our "forever fix" but it's working for now. At some point I may work up the nerve (and the budget) to do real ceramic tiles. I hope that helps?

Barbara

Friday 7th of January 2022

Hi AnnMarie, Thanks for the helpful and step by step pics. I have one question, what does the primer do to the old lineolium, before you lay down the stick vinyl?

Thank you,

AnnMarie

Monday 10th of January 2022

Hi Barbara - Are you asking if the old linoleum floors will be ruined from the primer? The primer prepared the old floors so that the new vinyl tiles adhere better. Honestly, we'll never go back to those old floors. LOL Hope we answered your question.

Lucia

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

I've done peel and stick tiles a few times and I find that using a hair dryer for 10 seconds or so on the adhesive side of the tile helps the tile stick better. I have never used a roller and my tiles have lasted for years.

AnnMarie

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Hi Lucia - Thanks so much for the tip...will have to try that if we ever install peel & stick vinyl tiles again. So far so good for our method...our floors are looking fabulous still. Thanks for reading our blog article. Happy Holidays!

Reed Johnson

Monday 25th of October 2021

Great work, Anne! It looks like you had your own remodeling done right. As a local tile installer, I understand that a ceramic tile replacement would've been really expensive yet, it looks like you achieve your laundry room makeover at less than half the price it would've cost you. Loved the creativity. Thanks for sharing this thorough guide. I'll be sharing this with friends and clients who might also be interested in using peel and stick tiles.

Anne

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Thanks so much, Reed! At some point we will definitely be looking into upgrading to ceramic tiles in the space, but this was a great stylish alternative for our current budget. Thanks so much for stopping by!