Generally, floor graphics are large and colorful, thus great at grabbing attention. The décor technique is also versatile since it can be applied on most floors. Maybe the only exceptions are ceramic tiles, rubber matting, soft PVC, textile mat, and porous wooden floors. Due to their attractiveness and versatility, floor graphics have become a trend. However, not many applications turn out great. Often, it’s because of poor preparation of the floor and failure to observe the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you want the edges not to peel and the graphics to give you long-term service, here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Know Where to Place the Floor graphics
Since we have looked at the floor types that you shouldn’t apply floor graphics, it’s important to know where the application is recommended. Usually, the graphics go well with:
• Ceramic Tiles
However, this is not the only condition in this step. The floor surface should be in good condition and well-secured. You should thus avoid applying the graphic on loose tiles since it would not last.
Step 2: Observe the Manufacturer’s Recommendations
Normally, the manufacturer will recommend the following observations:
• Place the graphic away from the main door, at least where traffic is moderate.
• Avoid exposing the graphic to moisture
Step 3: Prepare the Surface
If you skip this step and go ahead to apply the graphic, you may compromise the efficiency of the application. Moreover, the surface may peel off. The step involves three things:
• Cleaning: Clean the floor the conventional way using a mild detergent and water. You should avoid aggressive cleansers as they may interfere with the adherence of the graphic.
• Degreasing: After cleaning, you have to get rid of the oil and grease by using a paper towel moistened with alcohol.
• Dry wiping: Use a dry piece of cloth or paper towel to wipe the surface.
Step 4: Apply the Graphic
This step requires you to apply the graphic as the manufacturer recommends while working under a temperature range of 150C-200C.
Once you have applied the graphic after following the above four steps, you need to avoid disturbing the floor for a few days. This will ensure that your floor graphics will give you a long-term service while making your floor look amazing. If you are not a DIY person or you simply don’t have time to the floor graphics yourself, you can always a hire a graphic designer (who understands the ins and outs of 3D graphic design) to help you out.