TrafficMaster Ceramica 12 in. x 24 in. Coastal Grey Vinyl Tile Flooring (30 sq. ft./case) 24716 has arrived! Since The Home Depot
didn’t have a sample in the store, I took a leap of faith and ordered it anyway. It arrived today and I love it!
I had it home delivered – 13 boxes at 35 pounds each – and the shipping was only $39!! $3 per box. I can hardly drive to Pueblo for that amount. UPS delivered it all intact and gently handled. Thanks UPS.
So I set to reading the installation instructions.
First off I saw that the installation and tile is NOT guaranteed if installed over particle board. Guess what? All our subfloors are particleboard. :-\ So, I decided that just meant I needed to heed every instruction to the “T”. I’m not going to replace or overlay all the subfloors.
Instructions gave two main “must do’s” – Clean the floor meticulously and seal it. Per instructions. I set out for The Home Depot in Pueblo.
Aside: Have I mentioned how much I love this store? Each time I visit this store I feel like there is still hope for customer service in America. Every employee is friendly, helpful and goes out of their way to just give customer service! Amazing, since the whole concept of customer service in the retail arena was completely dead in Memphis. TN. Not here in Colorado though!
Make sure you have rubber gloves on hand if you are going to do a sponge clean up.
OK, a good thorough vaccuming and the floor is ready for the TSP.
I set to scrubbing the subfloor with the TSP and water solution. 10X10 room on my hands and knees took about an hour and a half. Would have been less with a sponge mop, but I wanted to make sure it was perfect.
Now, to wait til the floor dries and on to the bond enhancer/primer.