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your first tile project

by:Kastar     2020-05-30
Prepare once you decide the floor you want to tile, determine the type of floor you will tile.
Subfloor is the actual surface you are going to tile, usually there is at least one surface layer under the current floor cover.
The three main floor types you may encounter are: vinyl or felt, plywood or concrete.
The most difficult thing to lay the tiles is the vinyl and plywood floors.
The vinyl floor must be treated with loose or coarse sand to ensure that the mortar is able to stick together.
The plywood floor is prone to warping and is often uneven.
Ideally, you will find a concrete ground floor that makes it as easy as possible to lay the tiles.
No matter what surface you find, you need to thoroughly clean the floor of the paint, adhesive, sealant or chemical before you start.
Before you decide on the tile option, estimate the size of the project by calculating the square feet of the room you intend to tile.
Use your size to help decide the best tile size option when you shop around.
These measurements will give you a good idea of the number of tiles and the amount of cement and grouting needed to cover the floor.
Next, you can start to decide to look for your room.
Do you want a rustic tile or a glossy colored tile?
Choose the tile that fits the overall appeal of the room and flow with the adjoining room.
The fun of DIY projects is the creativity involved, so don\'t be afraid to try something different!
Once you \'ve decided on the look you want to achieve, go around and find the most durable tiles in your price range.
The tiles you choose should provide the aesthetic quality you want and have the durability of being waterproof and on-going.
Decide the pattern you want to place the tile by drawing the chart.
You can lay tiles with the walls or angles of the room, depending on your view and your imagination of the layout of the room!
Make sure your surface is clean before you start laying the tiles.
Do your best to repair the cracks and remove the debris from the ground floor to ensure that the mortar has the cleanest surface.
Prepare your workspace by laying all the tools and mixed mortar you may need.
Some of the tools you may need are: buckets, trowels, floats and sponges, tile saws (
Wet, dry or both)
A tile cutter and maybe a driver ready to workwork (
You can-
Here are in-depth articles about these tools! ).
Mix the mortar into a non-drip smearing consistency.
By laying a small amount of mortar at a time, start laying tiles in the center of the room.
There is no need to rush the tile;
Applying more mortar than you can cover before the mortar is set will only cause confusion and take you more time to clean up.
Starting from the center of the room helps to create a unified look, rather than a distorted pattern that may appear from one side of the room.
Also, this will give you time to get the hang of laying tiles before you handle the cutting pieces.
When you lay the tiles, keep making sure the tiles are flat and there is enough space between each tile.
When you are close to the edge of the room, you need to make measurements for the cut.
Take the time to be as accurate as possible so you don\'t waste tiles and time.
Dry saws usually work if you only need to cut a few pieces.
For large projects, however, wet saws are ideal for saving time and making more realistic cuts.
At this point, you will have a good idea of what the final project looks like.
The next step will be grouting and sealing your tile work!
Grouting and sealing once you have laid the final tile, let the work be done in a short time when you stir the grouting.
Your mud should be wet and easy to spread.
First, scrape the spatula onto the mud, then apply the spatula to the tile, filling all the spacing between the tiles.
Remove excess mud with a wet sponge or rag.
Be sure to seal it before the grouting work becomes dry, as it may be susceptible to cracks and movement.
If you don\'t seal your work, you probably never spend all your time laying tiles!
After sealing the tiles and Grout, clean the surface with a wet rag or mop.
Your first tile project is done, step back and appreciate your work!
Generally speaking, it is better to do your first few tile projects in smaller rooms to make the learning process easier.
Also, don\'t hesitate to ask the professional for help at any stage of the project.
Sometimes, it\'s better to get the insights and opinions of professionals before you go too far.
Many DIYers have professional tile cutting machines to cut tiles to ensure that the correct angle is measured and cut as cleanly as possible.
Anyway, the more tile items you complete, the more comfortable you will be.
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