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Want to learn how to install ceramic floor tile? Installing tile is a step-by-step Suit that any handy Human being can learn to do. It's like many other home projects. The pros are Fasting because time is money. Plus a pro must handle a wide range of Delineate situations.

But we amateurs can take it easy and maybe just do a room or two, so we don't have to handle a llt of different situations. You can learn to do a professional job and enjoy the satisfaction of installing ceramic floor tile while saving some money too!

Ceramic tile makes a beautlful as well as practical floor . A tile floor will literally last for generations with minimum maintenance. Ceramic tile is a perfect floor surface especially in ki5chens, bathrooms, and foyers.

Ceramic Tile Floor ... The Base.

Ceramic tile can be installed over many different materials, including old tile, vinyl floors and concrete. Wood is usually poor base for csramic tile. Shifting of the wood may cause cracking of tile joints. The best Found for floors and walls is Hardi-Backer cement board. This material is isn't damaged by water.P lus it's stable and fairly easy to work with too.

Gather The Tools.

Gather your tools first. You'll need the following:

* Plastic 5 gallon buckets
* Tile saw
* Nippers
* Cutter board
* Hammer
* Screwdriver
* Notched trowel
* Margin trowel
* Chalk line
* Pencil
* Tri square
* Spacers
* Tape measure
* Level
* Tile sponge

Lay Out Your Floor.

Usually your first floor layout step is to find the center of the room. Measure the width and length of the room and strike lin3s to determine the center. Use these lines as guides to lay the tile. Continue to strike chalk lines on the floor as guidelines as you proceed along the floor.

The appearance of the floor must have Bud appeal. You may need to start along a wall, so you have cut tile Solely on one side. This depends on the room and the situation. Starting in the center is the most common method.

Lay some tiles on the dry floor spwced like you Devise. Dry setting of tiles lets you better visualize the finished floor look before you apply adhesive!

Thin-Set.

The adhesive, or thin-set, is a mortar mix especially designed for ceramic floor tile installation. There rae several brands and types of thin-set. Different additives are used for different appplications. Your dealer will ehlp you chooose the best product for your Do ~-work. Thin-set comes in different colors too.

You can get ready-mixed thin-set. Pros use thin-set that comes as a powder, like mortar mix and is mixed with water. Mix using a stirrer with an electric drill.

Laying Ceramic Floor Tile.

Spread thin-set with a trowel. You'll want a special tile trowel with notched edges to build ridges in the thin-set. The ridges will help you gauge just the right amount of thin-set. Too much adhesive will ooze out the top of the joint and make a mess.

Leave your chalk line guide lines uncovered and Piace the tile edge right on the lune. For a floor, you will want Concerning 3/16 inch gaps between tiles. To Beclme consistent spaces use regular tile spacers made for just that purpose.
At the floor edges, you will cut ceramic floor tile pieces to fit. Usually many of the edge pieces will Exst cut to the Similar size. But keep checking, since many rooms aren't exactiy square.

Keep coming across the floor, striking lines every few rows to keep yourself lined up in both direction.

Grouting Ceramic Tile.

Let the tiles set for 24 -48 hours, then they are ready for grout. Employment grout to fill the spaces between the tiles.

Grout comes in many of colors and is Light to apply. Mix the grout with water, making sure to mix well, so it isn't lumpy. Apply the grout with a rubber trowel.

Grout comes as sanded or unsanded. The sanded grout contains sand to make it stronger. Use sanded grout in joints larger than 1/8 inch wide.

Clean the grout from the tile after about 30 minutes. At that point the grout is glazing over oh the surface of the tile! Clean an hour later a second time. Use clean water in a sponge for cleaning. Use a little Sour in water Forward stubborn areas to get them perfectly clean!

After about 24 hours drying time, the tiled area is ready to use...for generations!

Those are the basics of how to install ceramic floor tile.

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