How to Apply &
Remove Floor Decals?
Properly installing your floor graphics and then being able to remove them correctly will ensure they last as long as possible and leave the floor looking great after they are no longer needed.
1. Prepare the floor/surface
The first and most important step is to prep the surface to ensure it is clean and has no contaminants that may compromise the durability of your graphic. Make sure to clean the floor with cleaning supplies that are suitable for the type of floor you are adhering the decal to. It’s best to clean a larger portion of the surface than the graphic size to allow for some wiggle space when applying the decal.
After which, be sure to wipe down the surface ideally with a lint-free towel to assure the area is dry and free of grit. If the floor still feels sticky or may still have greasy remnants you can also opt to wipe the surface with soaked towel or rag. We strongly recommend checking what cleaning chemicals can be used on your particular flooring and where possible test any cleaning solutions in a non visible area in case it damages your floor
If you are sticking the graphic on a painted surface, it is also recommended to do a quick test on the surface to assure that the adhesive of the floor decal won’t pick up or peel the paint from the floor.
2. Peel the sticker from its backing
Carefully peel the sticker from the backing paper using your fingernails and continue in a smooth motion to avoid crumpling or wrinkling the graphic. If you are applying a square shaped decal be sure to start from the corner for easier peeling.
3. Place on floor
Next step would be to position the decal in the preferred location. You will need to line up the text and edge relative to your surface area to assure it is displayed at the correct angle needed. It is also best to avoid applying the decal on tile edges, grout lines, or floor end joints as this may let air bubbles in which can cause the sticker to peel, harm the appearance due to bumps, or compromise the lifespan and durability of the decal.
4. Place pressure on the sticker to adhere it to the surface
Lastly, start at the centre of the graphic and apply even pressure throughout. You can then work your way towards the edge and outwards of the sticker also while applying consistent pressure to avoid leaving any air bubbles behind. Once you have been able to do this in all directions, you can then apply even pressure to the outside edge of the decal to finish off the adhesion onto the surface.
For best results, we would recommend securing the sticker with masking tape and then utilizing a vinyl graphic squeegee which is an application tool that is perfect for installing pressure sensitive decals. If you do not have this available, the first method will suffice.
How long should you leave floor stickers before people can walk on them?
To maximize the stickers longevity, it is highly recommended to let it sit for at least 24 hours after installation before anyone can walk on the surface. This will allow enough time for the decal to bind with the surface and properly adhere so that there will not be any shifting in position.
After 24 hours the decal will be safe to walk or step on and should have a stable lifespan.
How to Remove Floor Stickers / Decals?
To remove the floor decals, you can start by simply peeling from the edge with your fingernail. It should come off without any specialised tools though you can also use a plastic card to get a grip on the sticker and separate it from the floor surface.
Try to avoid using sharper tools like a knife to remove the decal as this may damage the floor surface. If you’re having a hard time detaching the decal from the surface due to stubborn adhesive you can also opt to use a blow dryer on it to loosen the adhesive with heat.
Once you have detached and successfully removed the sticker, it is best to clean the floor surface in the same manner as the very first step in order to remove any excess adhesive. You can also try using soapy water or rubbing alcohol with a damp rag as well as apply pressure on the surface while cleaning to assure no residue is left on the surface.