Installing Tile Floor is a very good
investment to your home. It’s easy to
care for and with some patients can be installed easily. Any item you do not
have can be rented.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Cement backer board
Tile cutter or tile saw
Ceramic or porcelain
Lots of clean water
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Remove all existing baseboards and moldings as well as all floor
Stabilize the floor. If you walk over the floor
and it moves you will need to add nails to the existing sub-floor before Installing Tile Floor, by adding the
nails to the joists. If need be you can add bridging under the floor between
Install the cement backer board with the
recommended glue, and then add 2 inch galvanized nails into the joists.
Check your doors to see if they will close
properly. Lay down a tile on the backer board and open the door. If the door
does not open or close you will need to trim the bottom of the door.
Clean the area before laying down the tile.
Remove all of the dust and debris, before Installing Tile Floor.
Measure the length and width of the room to
determine the areas square feet, then divide the area of the room by the
coverage of the box. This will determine
how many to order. When Installing Tile Floor, always order more because some might break, and you may need
some for later repairs
Make a chalk line that intersects in the middle
of the room. One line on the length and the other from the width of the room,
make sure they are square at 90 degree.
Dry fit the tiles by laying a row on the length
and a row on the width use tile spacers between each tile to make room for the
You will want as many full size tiles as
possible from the center of the room out to the sides and make sure your edges
of cut tiles match on all sides of the room.
Use thinset to adhere your tiles. Thinset is a
cement product that needs to be mixed to the consistency of peanut butter.
Using a notched trowel lay down the thinset. Put
only down what you can reach while laying the tile.
Install your tile into the thinset by pushing
down on the tile to make sure it is attached use a rubber mallet on each
corner. Be sure to add your spacers to keep room for the grout.
Start in the middle of the room and work your
way to the edges laying as many full tiles as possible. The borders and cut
tiles are last to be placed. You can rent a wet saw to cut the tiles.
If you have pieces that need to be cut to go
around an obstruction, you can use nippers to cut away small pieces until the
Leave the tile to set up overnight.
Mix your grout according to the directions of the
Use the float trowel to lay down the grout. Work
it into the spaces between the tiles on angles not in straight lines. This
ensures the grout will cover the entire space.
Go over the grout with a wet sponge to remove as
much of the left over grout as possible. You may have to wipe over an area
several times before it is all removed.
Once dry you can use a dry towel to remove any
haze to the tiles.