In the world of home improvement tasks, the installation of tile flooring is one of the simplest tasks that a DIYer can tackle. The idea is simple: apply adhesive, lay tiles, grout tile, and make sure to seal the grout. There’s nothing to do, there’s no need!
If this was the case, then everyone would have their own tile and flooring, and the use of professional tile and flooring installers such as your friends in the tiles stores in London would be unnecessary.
If you look at it critically, installing tiles is the main ingredient of home improvements. Peel off one layer to uncover another, and each layer can be a source of mistakes made by DIYers. It’s crucial to be aware of the numerous steps of your tile-making project, and the risks that could arise from every step.
There’s no doubt that the majority of DIY tile projects are fine and almost always get the desired result. However, most people who have attempted a DIY tile job would acknowledge that they were satisfied with the work they accomplished, however, it’s sure to be more attractive (and get done quicker and with fewer tears and temper tantrums) when done by professionals.
In addition, many would admit that it was more effort than they initially believed and that ultimately it wasn’t saving the homeowner that much. Installing tile flooring requires some expertise in DIY. Hence, for those who aren’t experts at DIY we recommend partnering with professionals – like the professionals for high-quality outcomes.
If you’re keen to give this DIY attempt we have provided the steps needed to set up flooring made of tile. Before starting, make sure to go through Part 1 of this series about how to prepare your floor to install tile flooring.
Installing Tile Flooring In Five Steps
First Step: Mixing Mortar And Then Laying The Floor
Mix your mortar according to the instructions of the manufacturer, and do the best you can to prevent mixing too much and damage to the colour. Spread a layer of mortar on the floor using your trowel with a notched tip at the right 45-degree angle.
Do not go overboard in the use of mortar really. It’s a fast-drying material, therefore, only spread enough to put down only one or two tiles when you’ve mastered the art of how to do it. Lay the tile carefully on top of the mortar and move it up and down to ensure that it adheres.
Make use of your level to assess every tile. Any modifications can be done using small taps using the mallet of rubber. It is important to level multiple sides so that you do not have gaps between tiles, or one side being above the other. This will be crucial when additional tiles have been added.
Second Step: Cutting The Tile And Laying Edges
Tile isn’t easy to cut however it doesn’t need to as daunting as it is commonly portraying. Make sure you take your time and wear safety glasses, and you’ll be safe.
The first thing to remember is that you should not apply mortar to the tile that isn’t cut yet. Even if you’re working quickly it is likely that your mortar won’t be dried before being able to install the tile. Make sure you measure the piece of tile and cut it and dry it and fit it into the area, and then set it in the right spot.
Straight cuts are the easiest. Take a measurement and mark the tile on which you would like to cut it. After that, place it into the cutter, cut and snap. Take care when with the cut tile because it is likely to be sharp. The procedure is similar to using the tile saw (often called a wet saw) Just make sure to dry the cut tile prior to installing the piece.
Third Step: Disconnect The Spacers
When the entire tile installation has been put in place and the mortar is dried over the appropriate duration and then it’s the time when you have to remove all tile spacers. Don’t leave any of them (they could break if stuck to mortar) inside the joints. Then, take care to clean any dry mortar to make way for grouting.
Fourth Step: Grout
Okay, if you’ve reached this point you’re almost to the finish line. Grout. This will make your tile look as if it’s a job done. Grout will fill in the gaps between tiles (where the spacers were. See? This isn’t just a clever title!) And uses the adhesive to keep the tiles in position.
Picking the grout colour can be a fun way to add a little personality to your flooring. If you are looking for stone-look or wood-look tile we suggest choosing the grout that is close to the primary shade for the tile.
For tile with a solid colour selecting a grout that is similar to the colour of your tile will unify the tile. Utilising a complimentary or even different colour of grout can add a contemporary and geometric design to the floor tile. Grout with a low contrast accents the tile’s shapes but doesn’t appear rough.
Using a vibrant tile contrasted with the white lines of grout is a traditional and elegant method. Mix your grout in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer. Apply the grout with the grout float and push it in the gaps of tiles.
Be sure to fill the entire space before coming back to them at an angle diagonally to take away the most grout possible using the floating. This is crucial. Get rid of as much as you can use the float, but do not remove its seams, or you’ll have to re-grout the places.
Step 5: Clean Up And Seal
Ok, clean up. Clean your tools, remove the grout from your floating float etc. Be sure to put it all away correctly. Good job!
Obviously, you must keep your traffic off the grouted tile as per the recommendation of the manufacturer of the grout. Usually, around 24 to 72 hours. Once the time is up it is time to access the area for the project and seal the outside edge of your tile.
Many manufacturers of grout offer caulk that matches the grout colour with sanded or unsanded options to be used in these types of areas. Caulk that matches colour is ideal for areas with water like bathrooms. Let your grout “cure” which means that it is completely dry and has set fully.
After the recommended curing period has been completed (on average between a few weeks up to 30 days) then you could seal it with the grout sealer that is recommended. Some come in the form of a sponge roller that you can use to run over the grout lines. Pick one that you like or consult your colleagues from tile warehouse London for assistance.