Congoleum upside down? (on purpose!)

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Congoleum upside down? (on purpose!)

Postby happy modernists in MN » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:42 pm

We are about to tile our basement and kitchen with Congoleum VCT. When we got the samples we were surprised to see that the bottom, or unfinished side, of the tile had a great look to it.

Has anyone ever installed the Congoleum VCT upside down to show the alternate pattern?

What kind of care would you need to take on the unfinished side?

..and would you need to rough up the new bottom side, as it has a slight factory polished?

The basement color is Black Confetti and the kitchen Multi Sea
I like pink toilets, pink kitchens, lambretta sx200's and bianchinas.

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Postby Joe » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:26 pm

you'll probably need to put several coats of wax and buff it. makes a big difference over unfinished vct.

all that northern soul dancing going on, you may not need to buff it :wink:

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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:51 pm

funny - we had the same thought years ago. the underside of many tiles is way cooler looking than the top side.

we were finally talked out of it by the good folks at linoleum city. it wasn't that you couldn't install it upside down - it just meant that the undersides of vct type tiles are generally 'unfinished' and more porous. this means more susceptible to getting dirt deep in the the pits of the surface.

as joe says - you'd have to hard core wax it - and keep it well waxed. and when you scuff it - make sure that scuff area - gets wax immediately on it - to seal it all up again.

and well - we decided we were too lazy :?


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