Can we put ceramic tile directly over the linoleum ?May 18, 2006
1. Before applying anything over top of the linoleum, it must be stripped of wax by using a strong solution of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) or liquid wax stripper.
2. To apply adhesive of any kind over vinyl flooring, after de-waxing etch the surface of the linoleum with 60 grit garnet sand paper. This is just to etch the shiny surface then vacuum well after sanding.
Yes you can apply ceramic tile over linoleum. First, you apply prepainted or galvanized diamond wire lathe (2 x 8 sheets) over the existing linoleum by using a power nailer (ie;ram set) with metal washers. Short nails are all that is required here. Use the same process over 5/8" t&G plywood subfloor and staple wire lath to plywood subfloor. This forms a locking surface for the thin mortar levelling coat before the tile application.
Apply the thin mortar levelling base coat directly over the wire. Allow to cure overnight before laying the ceramic tile.
Always seal your grout after recommended curing time.
Other option would be to prepare vinyl by sanding the surface and vacuuming, now apply a thin coat of leveling compound and use a Schluter Ditra plastic membrane, which is ideal for high traffic areas under ceramic tiles, it is highly recommended for under tiles.
Grout & again allow grout adequate time to dry.
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