How to Apply Floor Decals

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Floor decals are a great way to add color to a room, convey a message or highlight an entryway. Retro Planet’s unique floor decals are durable and easy to clean. As you can see by this application instruction guide, they’re easy to install.

Dads Garage floor decal installed

Floor decals are great for high-traffic areas since they stay firmly in place.

Before Applying Your Floor Decal

  • Best results will be on a smooth flat floor without cracks or bumps.
  • Start with a clean floor, free of dirt and particles.
  • If you’ve wet cleaned your floor, allow it to dry completely.
  • If your floor decal arrived rolled up, unroll it and leave it to flatten out for 24 hours.


Tools you might want on hand:

  • Dustcloth,
  • Squeegee
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors or Hobby Knife


Floor Decals

Our floor decals are durable and very easy to apply. (If your decal comes with a transfer tape layer on the front, see the “Decals with Transfer Tape” section on the other side of this page).


Step-by-step guide for installing floor decals

Follow these simple steps for installing a floor decal easily.


To start, lay the decal on the floor and use a strip of painter’s tape across the entire length of the decal to hold it in place as you work. Then, separate a portion of the backing layer to expose a few inches of the decal.

Holding the exposed decal out of the way then cut away the backing paper with a scissors or hobby knife.

Press the exposed decal to the floor and squeegee into place, working from the center out to the edges. Once this part of the decal is in place you may remove the painter’s tape.

Lift the remaining part of the decal to peel part of the backing paper to expose the decal a few inches at a time. Flatten the decal in place as you go with a squeegee.

Smooth bubbles out of floor decal with a squeegee

Air bubbles can be removed using a hair dryer and a squeegee.

If you see air bubbles, work them out gently using a squeegee. You can also use a hair dryer if necessary to warm up and soften the adhesive bond between the decal and the floor. This will make it easier to work out any bubbles.

Decals with Transfer Tape

Some large or intricate floor decals have a transfer tape layer over the front of the decal. This makes application easier.

Set the decal on a flat surface, front side up, and run a squeegee over it repeatedly. This creates a strong bond between the decal and the transfer tape. Peel a few inches of the backing away from the decal. When exposed, stick this part to the floor and squeegee the decal in place. Slowly peel the backing away from the decal, just a few inches, pressing the exposed part to the wall and squeegeeing as you go. Continue until the entire decal is applied to the floor.

Once the backing is out of the way, gently peel the transfer tape from the floor and decal starting at one edge. Squeegee the decal firmly in place as you expose it. Slowly peel and flatten as you go until the entire transfer layer is removed and the decal is applied to the floor. If you see air bubbles, work them out gently with your hands or a squeegee, and if necessary, use a hair dryer to soften the bond between decal and floor.

Paint & Moisture

If you have a freshly painted cement floor or have applied a protective coat on the floor, please refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for drying times before applying the decal. It can take a few days or weeks for paint and other finishes to cure and if you apply the decal too soon, the paint/coating will adhere to the decal adhesive.

The condition of the floor you’re applying the decal to is a very important factor. Apply to smooth surfaces for best results. Do not apply your decal to a wet floor or one with with cracks or loose chips. Do not apply these floor decals on textured flooring.

Retro style foor decals stand up to foot traffic

These cool floor decals are durable and easy to clean.

Removing the Floor Decal

Before removing a floor decal that’s been in place for three months or more, apply heat with a common hair dryer. This will loosen the bond on the adhesive enough to safely pull the decal up.


Your floor decal is very durable and will hold up well to normal foot traffic. It also is laminated for protection from liquid spills.  Clean with with mild soap and water, avoid harsh chemicals that may dissolve the plastic laminate.







We also have useful information and videos with helpful tips for installing wall decals here.

Last updated: Sep 14, 2014
Filed under: DIY & Upcycling Tagged with: DIY, flooring