Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Ceramic Tiles
August 12, 2015
Ceramic floor tile installation is a job that can be very easy, if you follow the right steps. The key to a successful ceramic tile installation is the proper tools, good planning, and the right amount of prep work. If you’re looking to replacing your bathroom’s ceramic tiles, here is a step-by-step look at the bathroom tile installation process.
The first step in tile flooring installation is to prep the room for the tiles. For the greatest amount of accuracy, create a floor plan using the measurements of the room. Ensure you have all the materials you need for the job. Ceramic floor tile installation requires the tiles, tile spacers, and tile adhesive. In some cases, tiles will need to be cut with a wet saw to ensure the tiling fits the dimensions of the room.
When beginning your tile installation, start at the center of the room. Before placing your adhesive down, place the tiles down on your floor to ensure the tile can evenly cover the entire floor. The space between the tiles should be uniform, so use tile spacers to ensure that each tile is in its proper place. Once you are certain the placement is correct, you can move on to mixing the adhesive.
Once you mix your adhesive, you’ll want to work around the room, lifting each tile as you go. Use a square-notched trowel to spread the adhesive evenly. The adhesive should be about the same thickness as the tiles you’re working with. Professionals suggest that you begin your application from the center, and then work your way around to those more tricky corners.
The final step in ceramic floor tile installation to seal your floor. Once the adhesive has a chance to get firm, wipe down any residue off the surface of your tile before it has the chance to dry permanently. Let the adhesive set overnight, and then the job is done!