This is the first thing you are going to want to do. All you have to do is carefully lift the shoe molding with a thin pry bar, taking extra care not to damage it so that it can be reused later. Be sure to leave the baseboard molding alone. When it is time to replace the shoe molding, be sure it is nailed into the base board, not the flooring, to avoid damage to your new floor.
2. Trim the Casings
There will come a point in your install when you will need to trim the casings so that the floor can slide beneath them. The easiest way to do this is to lay a piece of underlayment in front of the casing and then set a piece of scrap tile on top of that, to find the level at which you will need to cut. Doing this allows you to see exactly how high the floor will come up on the casings and gives you an accurate level at which to cut. Do this for all casings and door jambs.
3. An Easy Way to Tame the Underlayment
One of the frustrations of rolling out underlayment is its tendency to separate at the seams. This can be frustrating, because you can't overlap the underlayment, or you'll end up with an uneven floor. An easy way to take care of this is to put a little bit of thin tape at the seams to hold it together. This little trick can save a boatload of trouble!
4. Don't Forget the Tapping Block!
Once you get to the point of having to tap your tiles into place, you're definitely going to want to have a tapping block on hand. This nifty, inexpensive tool will help you easily tap the tiles into place, while avoiding any percussive damage to your tiles. Always be sure to use the block on the tongue edge, not the groove! You can find tapping blocks at just about any big-box home improvement store, for just a couple of dollars.
If you follow the instructions that come packaged with your new flooring and employ these few simple tricks, you'll be walking on your newly installed laminate tile flooring, with a beaming smile of self-satisfaction that comes from a job well done in no time!