Where can you use Kraftile peel & stick vinyl?

We strongly advise ordering samples prior to placing a full order. Kraftile is first and foremost an upcycling product. As a user-installed DIY product, you should not be using Kraftile on anything of high value that doesn't need upcycling. 

Kraftile is a temporary floor or surface covering that with care, will last around 2-3 years in a residential setting depending on (1) whether it is applied on a suitable surface; (2) how well the surface is cleaned beforehand; and (3) how well it is applied. On surfaces which do not experience much human contact, it will last even longer as the vinyl Kraftile is made with is rated with a 4-5 year lifespan.

Kraftile is made with world-class removable adhesives that are designed for clean, easy removal. The removability of the vinyl may vary depending on the surface and how it was prepared. Due to the wide variety of surface types and finishes, Kraftile or any other manufacturers cannot guarantee damage-free removal to interior surfaces. Removing Kraftile can cause damage. The amount of damage can be reduced or eliminated by following the inspection, cleaning and preparation guidelines provided by Kraftile.

In commercial settings, the same rules apply except that Kraftile peel & stick vinyl is likely to last for a shorter period of time (6 months as an estimate for floors, 1 year or more for other surfaces with less direct human contact, and longer on window displays), due to higher traffic resulting in greater wear.


Suitability on floors

In all circumstances, Kraftile is not suitable on:

  • any type of floor where water is left standing in pools (such as a shower tray or balcony),
  • any floor surface that is inclined or sloping, including ramps; 
  • any floor surface with underfloor heating; 
  • damp and mouldy surfaces; 
  • rough and textured surfaces;
  • surfaces that are steam cleaned; 
  • areas such as working fireplaces where the temperature rises above 50°C for an extended period of time, as the adhesive will fail. However, Kraftile can withstand temperatures up to 80°C for short periods of time if it is not in direct contact with the heat. 

We strongly advise ordering a sample prior to placing a full order. All our samples are priced below what it actually costs for us to produce them so that you can find out if Kraftile is suitable for your needs. Sample postage is always free.

 

Type of floor surface Suitability  Why?
Vinyl tile flooring (Not to be confused with self-adhesive vinyl tiles) Suitable. Check there are no gaps Vinyl tile flooring is installed tile by tile rather than as a sheet, and typically each tile is independently glued down with a flooring adhesive. Even if the vinyl tiles are the type that 'click' together and are not glued down, the rigidity of the individual tiles means that they typically will not be pulled up easily when you are removing Kraftile. 
Laminate flooring Suitable. Check there are no gaps
Laminate flooring is installed plank by plank rather than as a sheet. The rigidity of the individual planks means that they typically will not be pulled up easily when you are removing Kraftile.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Suitable. Check there are no gaps

LVT is installed tile by tile or plank by plank, usually with the pieces clicking together, and is typically thicker than other types of vinyl flooring. Even though it is free-floating and not usually glued down to the floor surface below, its rigidity means that the individual tiles or planks will not be pulled up easily when you are removing Kraftile.

Vinyl sheet flooring  Use caution Unlike vinyl tile flooring, sheet vinyl flooring comes in a large, relatively thin and non-rigid sheet and is usually installed with only the edges being glued down, so most of the sheet is simply lying on top of the flooring surface below. To distinguish it from vinyl tile (laminate) flooring and LVT, rub the point of your fingernail back and forth firmly across a small section. If a temporary, slight indentation forms, it is likely to be sheet vinyl. Without caution, removing Kraftile from this flooring material could mean accidentally pulling up the edges of the entire vinyl sheet as well. 
Linoleum floor ("Lino") - also see vinyl sheet flooring above Use caution  Lino is a sheet flooring material popular in the 70s, and many people often mistake vinyl sheet flooring for lino, or use the terms interchangeably. Both are sheet flooring, but made with different materials. Lino is usually installed with only the edges being glued down, so most of the sheet is simply lying on top of the floor surface below. Without caution, removing Kraftile from this flooring material could mean accidentally pulling up the edges of the lino as well. 
Ceramic, porcelain, granite, vitrified, stone or marble tiled floor with grout lines Kraftile is not suitable at all on tiled and grouted bathroom floors and walls. Use with caution on other non-bathroom floors  Kraftile is not suitable on grouted ceramic tile bathroom floors because peel & stick vinyl will stick to the tiles but not to the grout lines, creating channels under which water and condensation can become trapped and damage the Kraftile adhesive. This might not be as much of a problem in areas that do not get as wet as a bathroom floor, for example a fireplace surround, but installing Kraftile on grout lines will greatly reduce its durability and lifespan. Kraftile performs best on completely flat areas. 
Polished/sealed concrete floor or terrazzo (with no grout lines) Suitable, but unsuitable for unsealed concrete Kraftile is suitable for smooth concrete or terrazzo floors (assuming they are not terrazzo tiles with grout) that have no gaps. Kraftile is not suitable for unsealed or rough concrete.
Wood floors (hardwood, parquet, varnished wood etc) Suitable, but only if the wood has been sealed and there are no gaps between planks. Kraftile is not suitable on flooring with gaps because the gaps create channels under which water and condensation can become trapped and damage the Kraftile adhesive. This might not be as much of a problem in areas that do not get as wet as a bathroom floor, but the gaps will greatly reduce Kraftile's durability and lifespan. Kraftile performs best on completely flat areas. 
Slate floor Not suitable Slate flooring is rough and uneven and the gaps between each piece make this a poor foundation for Kraftile.
Self-adhesive vinyl tiles (peel and stick foam backed vinyl tiles, not the same as vinyl tile flooring or laminate) Not suitable Self-adhesive vinyl tiles come with adhesive already applied. In our experience the adhesive typically isn't very strong and the tiles tend to shift. They are a weak foundation, and removing Kraftile from this flooring material could mean pulling up the edges of the self-adhesive vinyl tiles as well. 
Shower tray / shower floor, balcony floor Not suitable Kraftile is water resistant, but will not do well when permanently wet, as water might seep under the surface and weaken the adhesive. Not suitable for shower trays, poorly-draining balconies, any surface where water is often left standing, or on damp or mouldy surfaces.
Any type of carpeted floor Not suitable The adhesive used in Kraftile will not grip carpet fibres.
Any type of floor with underfloor heating Not suitable Direct heat will damage and weaken the Kraftile adhesive.
Any type of floor that is steam cleaned Not suitable Direct heat will damage and weaken the Kraftile adhesive.

 

Suitability on non-floor surfaces

We strongly advise ordering a sample prior to placing a full order. All our samples are priced below what it actually costs for us to produce them so that you can find out if Kraftile is suitable for your needs.

In all circumstances, Kraftile is not suitable for curved, uneven, textured, damp or mouldy surfaces - the surface should be flat and clean.

If your surface is unsuitable, an alternative (for non-bathroom areas) is to have a melamine panel/laminated MDF panel cut to shape in your local hardware store, and to mount Kraftile on that instead. 

 Type of surface (non-floor) Suitability Why?
Glass Suitable As a non-porous, smooth surface, glass is perfect for mounting Kraftile. However, if the glass is frosted, etched or sandblasted, Kraftile will not form as good a bond as with smooth glass and be unsuitable. Test with a sample first.
Laminated surfaces (Formica, melamine, laminated surfaces on Ikea furniture) Suitable
As a non-porous, smooth surface, laminated surfaces are perfect for mounting Kraftile.
Plastic, acrylic, perspex Suitable
As a non-porous, smooth surface, plastic surfaces are perfect for mounting Kraftile.
Wall or plasterboard wall painted in a gloss paint Unsuitable, and particularly unsuitable for vertical painted surfaces

Most painted surfaces, particularly vertical painted surfaces, are unsuitable for Kraftile. We strongly advise testing a sample on painted surfaces first. Kraftile may not remove cleanly from most painted surfaces. The risk of this depends on the condition of the paint.

If the paint is old or has small hairline cracks that may have previously gone unnoticed, or if there have been multiple layers of paint applied on the same wall over many years, the plaster beneath could be in poor condition. Even removing Kraftile with care from such a surface could cause parts of the paint or plaster to peel off. Use Kraftile on painted surfaces at your own risk.  

If you decide to proceed on a painted horizontal surface after testing a sample, and the wall has been recently painted, wait at least 4 weeks for the paint to cure before application of Kraftile. 

Wall or plasterboard wall painted in a matt emulsion, satin matt, chalk finish, washable paint or non-stick anti-graffiti paint Unsuitable Kraftile will not adhere to these surfaces. Chalk and matte paint provides a non-reflective finish and has a porous texture that can hold dirt and make cleaning difficult. Due to its porous texture, it may be harder to adhere Kraftile to a flat painted surface. In turn, this may cause premature failure.
Rough or textured walls Unsuitable Kraftile will not adhere to these surfaces.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles with grout lines
Use caution.  Kraftile may be suitable for a fireplace or kitchen splashback but is definitely not suitable in bathrooms

Use Kraftile at your own risk on grouted tiles because peel & stick vinyl will stick to the tiles but not to the grout lines, creating channels under which water and condensation can become trapped and damage the Kraftile adhesive. This might not be as much of a problem for vertical areas or areas that do not get as wet as a bathroom, such as a decorative fireplace (Kraftile cannot be used on working fireplaces) or kitchen splashback, but installing Kraftile on grout lines will reduce its durability and lifespan. Kraftile performs best on completely flat areas.

Newly installed tiles sometimes have a wax coating which will prevent Kraftile from adhering. The wax coating will need to be removed first following the tile manufacturer's instructions.  

Tiles with rough, irregular, tumbled edges or raised/moulded designs Unsuitable Kraftile will not adhere to these surfaces.
Sealed polished stone (granite, marble, terrazzo) Suitable on worktops, kitchen splashbacks and decorative fireplaces that are made of unbroken stone and have no grouting. However, use caution if there are grout lines 

Use Kraftile at your own risk on grouted stone because peel & stick vinyl will stick to the sealed stone but not to the grout lines, creating channels under which water and condensation can become trapped and damage the Kraftile adhesive. This might not be as much of a problem for vertical areas or areas that do not get as wet as a bathroom, such as a decorative fireplace (Kraftile cannot be used on working fireplaces) or kitchen splashback, but installing Kraftile on grout lines will reduce its durability and lifespan. Kraftile performs best on completely flat areas.

Sealed wood, including varnished wood with no gaps Suitable
As a non-porous, smooth surface, sealed wood surfaces are perfect for mounting Kraftile.
Unsealed wood, or painted wood, including plywood Unsuitable

Unsealed wood has a rough surface which is unsuitable for Kraftile.  

Waxed or oiled wood panelling Unsuitable Wax or oil will prevent Kraftile from sticking to these surfaces.
Wallpaper or other non-coated, paper-based surfaces May be suitable but not recommended. Test with a sample first. We strongly advise testing a sample on wallpaper first as wallpaper sometimes has a coating. Kraftile can be applied on top of non-textured wallpaper, and any other card / paper based products, but in these situations please note that Kraftile is not likely to be cleanly removable and might damage the surface underneath.
Metal, including painted metal on kitchen appliances Suitable As a non-porous, smooth surface, metal surfaces are perfect for mounting Kraftile.
Cork Unsuitable Cork is porous unless it is sealed. Kraftile is not suitable on porous materials as a good bond will not form.
Brick Unsuitable Kraftile will not adhere to these surfaces due to their roughness.
Slate Unsuitable Kraftile will not adhere to these surfaces due to their roughness.

 

Drop us an email at hello@kraftile.com if you have any questions.