Careful Installation of Tiles for Your House: a Basic Guide that You Can Use
You can find proof of how durable tiles are in the ancient Roman homes that still have their tile flooring in a good condition.
If you are planning to install tiles on by yourself or if it is your first time to do so, you have to understand the suitable techniques in tile installation. It is not as easy as it seems, so make sure you also have all the necessary materials ready before you start. Listed here are the steps for a good quality tile installation project.
Preparation. Before laying down your first tile, you have to think of a layout that maximizes the number of whole tiles and minimize using cut tiles. Make a dry layout, putting all the whole and cut tiles on top to check if they fit. Soon after, be sure that the surface where you will install your tiles is appropriately washed and free from any protrusions. Scrape away any dirt and grime. Wipe away dust with a wet cloth and let it dry thoroughly. Next, blend an adequate amount of thinset mortar. It is advisable that you use a latex additive instead of water to ensure that the tiles can have a sturdy base to bond on.
Installation. Press the mortar towards the surface to be tiled employing a trowel. Distribute the mortar over the area in lengthy, even strokes. Remember that the thickness of your mortar will depend on the size of the tiles. A little tile will call for a mortar thickness that matches its own, while a big Provenza tile would only call for mortar that is half as thick.
Put the tile squarely onto the mortar with your fingertips. Push it down with a little twist of your wrist. Repeat this technique accordingly for every tile or tile sheet. Be more careful when you’re installing little tiles like the Vetro glass tile. Be sure that you apply consistent pressure for each tile to stay away from getting misaligned tile levels. As soon as all of the tiles are in place, let them set overnight.
Polishing. Once the tiles have been fixed, get rid of any mortar from the tile surface and joints. Whether you're utilizing Vetro glass tiles or any form of tile, it is crucial that all of the mortar is removed to help keep your work clean. Mix a batch of grout and apply it onto the spaces between the tiles using a trowel. When applying grout, you must begin from the end of the room towards the center. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes, and then clean any extra grout with a wet sponge.
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