Jan 1, 2023

Installing floor graphics is fun! If applied properly. Increase your joyous satisfaction meter with these 12 helpful treasures:


Smooth, Hard Surfaces

• Wash surfaces with soap and water without cleaning chemicals so the graphics won’t lift.
• Use removable acrylic adhesives that stick flat so edges resist water, which causes lifting.
• Include a laminate so graphics aren’t scratched or washed off if floors are cleaned with machines or abrasive chemicals.

Textured, Hard Surfaces

• On asphalt, brick, stucco, or concrete, brush the surface with a broom or paintbrush and use a damp cloth to rid of excess debris. Avoid washing with liquids because moisture will hold and the application can fail if damp.
• For temporary applications, use removable acrylic adhesive, or water-based. Most have glass/sand coatings as a non-slip surface.
• For permanent applications, choose vinyl or aluminum media, which is flexible and conforms well indoors or outdoors, and apply anti-skid laminate on top. For parking lots, use a solvent-based adhesive to avoid lifting.
• Use a heat gun or small torch to allow media to become softer and to get into cracks and crevices. Also, use a roller wheel tool to help push deeper into the surface for better hold.


• Before application, rid of any debris to eliminate raised areas.
• Use vinyl, film, or fabric that lays flat with a minimal lift to avoid trip hazards.
• Acrylic on a stay-flat liner is best because it gives graphics a tackiness with minimal lift.
• Choose a laminate to avoid flimsiness, causing buckling and edge lift.
• It’s easy to lift and reposition if needed, but remember, fibers are collected each time, causing less stickiness.

An FDC customer promise logo decal successfully applied by Patrick Powers, VP of business development [left]; and Michael Aldrich, product manager [right], at ISA Sign Expo 2022 in Atlanta.