Perhaps you cannot stand the color of your bathroom floor anymore. Or you just want a change from the ordinary and predictable shade and pattern that greets you each morning. If getting new linoleum, vinyl, or tile for your bathroom is not an option, consider painting the floor instead. It is a quick and simple way to achieve a fresh, new look for your bathroom.
Regardless of the flooring you have in the bathroom, a new coat of paint is not going to work if the existing flooring is not properly prepared first. You may even have to remove the flooring if it is in really bad shape. Assuming that there are no large cracks or chips in the floor, you only need to clean and sand the surface to get it ready for painting.
Cleaning With tiled surfaces, all grime, mold, and mildew have to be eliminated, or they will resurface over the new coat of paint. A strong cleaning solution like ammonia-based commercial cleaners will do the trick. One that includes a mild abrasive will also help to take the gloss off as you scrub the tile. For vinyl floors, tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) is effective for removing dirt and grime from the textured surface. Linoleum floors can be cleaned with TSP as well. If the floor has been waxed, you will need to apply a wax stripper or deglosser so that the surface will be rough enough for the paint to adhere.
Sanding and Priming Continue to dull the flooring by sanding the entire surface. Use a sanding sponge or block in a coarse grade. When the gloss and shine has been removed from the surface, vacuum and mop the floor and allow it to dry. Next, you want to apply two coats of primer to the tile, linoleum, or vinyl. Make sure you buy a high-quality shellac-based or oil-based primer, which is more effective than latex primer for this job. Use a roller and go over the surface slowly so that you avoid creating lines or marks in the coat of primer.
Painting After all the preparation, your bathroom floor should now have an ideal surface for taking on the paint. Oil-based paint or alkyd paint is recommended to produce a durable finish. First apply a strip of paint along the edge of your flooring, then beginning from the farthest corner from the door, apply the paint in even strokes, working toward the door. Painting three or four thin coats of paint is more effective in ensuring a long-lasting paint job, rather than applying one thick coat of paint.
When the last coat of paint is dry, you may want to add designs to the plain surface. Try stenciling a pattern along the border of the floor or in random over the whole floor. The final step in painting your bathroom floor is adding a couple coats of polyurethane. This seals the paint, making it more resistant to moisture and wear.
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