Floor. Wednesday , January 24th , 2018 - 08:22:36 AM
Once you have your tile, you can pre-cut tiles that will be placed at the edges of the floor if the tile is too large. This means you should do some measuring first. You can also cut the tile while you’re laying it, but then you have to be sure you haven’t laid down the mortar until you’ve made the necessary cuts. Mortar that is only partially dried might not bond with the tile when you set it. You can use a wet ceramic saw or a utility knife to do the cutting. Which you use depends on the thickness of your ceramic tile flooring.
When you used to think of tile flooring, you may have thought white, off white, or black as that was pretty much what was available. It may have had a marble swirl added to it, but on the whole it was pretty plain looking. It was still very eye appealing, but not really overly fancy. Today, you will find all kinds of tiles in all types of colors and many have beautiful borders available to match. You can get tile flooring in solid colors as well, but in a bigger variety of colors and textures. Instead of mostly smooth tiles, you can find tile flooring in textures that are raised or dimpled. You will find it glossy or dull depending on the look you are after.
Once the floor is prepared and dried, you can start laying your ceramic tile flooring. It is best to lay the tile in pre-separated sections. Divide the floor into four sections. You can use grout as a line separator. Then, for each section, use a notched trowel to spread the mortar. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle so that it creates notches in the spread. This enables better holding when you set in the tile. Do not spread too much mortar at once. If the mortar dries before you can set the tile, you’ll have the additional problem of removing it. When you set the tile, only a light pressure is required. Depending on the thickness of your tile, you’ll have to press it into the mortar a short distance. Make sure that each tile is even with the next. Mortar will come up over the sides of the tile, but this can easily be wiped away. Avoid resting hands or arms on the tile you’ve set. It’s going to take a couple of hours before the mortar is completely dry. Grout the ceramic tile flooring, and wipe off any grout that gets on the tile.
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