How to Seal Self-Stick Vinyl Tiles

Self-stick vinyl tiles are a popular choice among homeowners who want a new flooring look with a low investment of time and money. Because of vinyl's porous nature, dirt will become ground into the tiles over time, resulting in a dingy finish. In addition, vinyl tiles are prone to water damage. Applying a sealant over self-stick tiles will form a hard barrier and help ensure the longevity of the tiles.

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Sweep the floor, then mop to remove all traces of dirt and debris. Allow the floor to dry completely.

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Tape over the baseboards to protect them from the sealant.

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Pour the sealant into a bucket, and dip a mop with a sponge head into the bucket. Press out the sponge so it is not dripping.

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Apply a thin layer of sealant to the tiles, beginning along the wall and turning the mop at the edge of the walls to form a U-shape and travel in the opposite direction. This will prevent you from going over the same section twice.

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Allow the sealant to dry for four or five hours. The sealant will appear milky white when applied, but it will be clear when dry.

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Apply a second layer of sealant in the same manner, if desired. Allow to dry before allowing traffic across the floor.