How to quietly glue linoleum joints
The variety of flooring allows you to choose exactly the material that suits you as much as possible in price, quality and appearance. Even the most demanding consumer will be satisfied: he laminate of various classes, and linoleum, and parquet, and tile. You can list for a long time, but it is worth noting that the good old linoleum does not give up its positions and is widely loved by consumers. It is convenient in operation, can imitate the desired and more expensive coating. Attention is required by the fact that when laying it, the question often arises of how glue linoleum, for example at junctions.
- When bonding linoleum is needed?
- Hot welding linoleum
- Cold Connection Method
- Cold welding technology
When bonding linoleum is needed?
Foreign manufacturers have long been offering the population this floor covering, having a width of 4 meters. Obviously, for most typical Russian apartments this would be enough to lay linoleum without any seams. In some cases, you even have to remove the surplus.
As for domestic manufacturers, their products most often have a width of 1.5 m. Of course, for small rooms this is enough, but what to do, for example, with living rooms? It is in this case that the laying of linoleum strips that are glued together.
Obviously, ordinary glue is not suitable for these purposes. That is why today the technology of hot and cold welding of this floor covering is developed..
Hot welding linoleum
It is worth mentioning right away that gluing the joint of linoleum by the method of hot welding is impractical in domestic conditions. The fact is that this process, firstly, involves the use of a special welding gun, and secondly, proceeds at a temperature of 4,000? C.
Not a single linoleum intended for domestic use can withstand such a temperature. It will not only not stick together, but will also melt. This method is ideal for gluing joints of commercial linoleum, which has a greater degree of strength and wear resistance. So, hot welding can be used when gluing joints of floor material laid in a supermarket.
Cold Connection Method
Cold welding is a combination of linoleum strips at their junctions using specially designed glue. Such chemical bonding has several advantages. It can be performed independently, that is, without the involvement of professionals and special equipment. In addition, it does not require large financial and time costs. The result is a qualitatively glued strip of flooring – the seam is noticeable only with a thorough study of linoleum.
Today it is customary to distinguish cold welding of linoleum in domestic conditions of type A and C. The main difference between the technologies is that type A welding takes place if it is necessary to glue the joints of linoleum recently purchased. Type C cold welding is ideal for joining old flooring.
So, the adhesive composition when welding the material being laid for the first time is quite liquid. This further reduces the visibility of the resulting seam. When carrying out repairs of linoleum already in operation earlier, welding is used, which is characterized by a thicker consistency. This is due to the fact that the old coating for a long period of time experienced heavy loads and cracks in it can be significant. Finished seams can be up to 4 mm wide. Cold welding, which is very thick, allows not only to make an inconspicuous seam, but also actually form a new linoleum in its place.
Cold welding technology
Firstly, to perform work on gluing the joints of linoleum, gloves are needed, without which it is not recommended to work with the adhesive.
Secondly, it is necessary to carefully prepare the flooring for welding. For these purposes, it is necessary to remove any moisture in the place of the future seam with a dry cloth, and dust with a vacuum cleaner.
Then, at the joints, a one-sided wide adhesive tape is glued. Before filling the seam with adhesive, the adhesive tape at the junction is carefully cut. It is this slot that will be filled with special glue, which is squeezed through a narrow nozzle at the end of the tube.
After filling the seam with cold welding, wait 10-20 minutes, after which you can delicately remove the tape. In about 30-40 minutes it will be possible not only to walk on such a floor, but also to run. If you suddenly find droplets of welding on a clean surface of the flooring, do not smear them. Wait for them to dry and then remove with a sharp knife..
This sequence of actions is suitable when laying a new linoleum. If old coating webs are glued together, then there is no longer any need to use adhesive tape, since linoleum has already been “laid down”.
It is worth paying attention to two points:
- The shorter the seam, the stronger it is..
- Docking can be carried out along or across. It all depends on how the light falls in the room.
Thus, gluing linoleum is quite simple. You just need to carefully approach this issue and choose the adhesive composition that is suitable specifically for your flooring.