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How to install rubber floor tiles in a bathroom

By Edited Jul 6, 2015 1 1

Rubber flooring is a good choice for bathroom flooring because the rubber can be easily wiped clean and will not be damaged if it becomes wet. Rubber flooring can be purchased in large sheets or tiles. Rubber tiles are usually easier for novices to install then the rubber sheets because you do not have to struggle with a large piece of rubber which can be difficult to cut to the correct size. The materials you need can be purchased at some home improvement stores and flooring stores.

Things You Will Need

Rubber tiles


Tape Measure

Chalk line

Rubber flooring adhesive

Utility knife

Step 1

Place the rubber tiles in the bathroom for two to three days before you begin installation. This will allow the tiles time to acclimate to the room and help prevent the tiles from expanding or contracting due to changes in temperature and humidity after installation.

Step 2

Turn the water to the toilet off at the supply line. Disconnect the water supply lines from the toilet.

Step 3

Remove the caps at the base of the toilet. Once the caps have been removed, loosen the nuts which connect the toilet to the floor and lift it up off the floor and remove it from the room.

Step 4

Remove existing flooring such as ceramic tile, laminate or carpet. Sweep the bare subfloor and make sure that all dirt, grease and debris have been removed from the floor.

Step 5

Locate the center of the room by using a tape measure. Use a chalk line to snap two lines across the center room to separate the room into four sections.

Step 6

Lay the first rubber tile in the center of the room lining it up at one corner of the chalk lines. Continue to lay the floor by building off of this tile and keeping tiles lines up on the chalk lines. Continue to lay tiles along the chalk lines in this manenr to form a large cross of rubber tiles in the center of the room extending to all four walls. Evaluate the rubber tiles and make sure that you are happy with their appearance so far.

Step 7

Lift each tile carefully and spread rubber flooring adhesive under the tile before pressing it back into place. Continue until all of the rubber tiles on the floor have been glued to the subfloor.

Step 8

Spread rubber adhesive onto the floor next to the installed tiles with a trowel. Place more rubber tiles onto the floor building off of the previously installed tiles until the entire floor has been covered. Only spread as much adhesive as you can cover in 20 minutes to prevent the adhesive from drying out during installation.

Step 9

Cut the tiles as necessary with a sharp utility knife. Make sure to cut a round area out of the tiles where the toilet is located so that it can be reinstalled.

Step 10

Replace the toilet by reattaching the bolts at the base and hook it back up the water supply.


Tips & Warnings

Built-in bathtubs do not need to be removed from the bathroom to install flooring although you will need to remove bathtubs with feet. If the tub is too large to easily remove from the room, move it to one side of the bathroom and start laying the flooring where the bathtub will be placed. When this area has been covered with rubber flooring, move the bathtub back into place and continue installation on the rest of the floor.

Rubber flooring can be installed over ceramic tile or laminate as long as the floor is flat and in good condition. Keep in mind that this will make your floor slightly higher which could create a problem in door ways if there is not enough clearance between the door and the floor.



Jan 21, 2010 5:12pm
Really good article, JustJulie!

P.s. Thumbs up :)
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