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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

How To Install Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile is a durable flooring option that can be used all over your home, although it's most typically used in kitchens, bathrooms, and foyer areas. It's easy to keep clean and wipes up nicely. Installing ceramic tile in your home is fairly simple to do, although you may need to rent a tile cutting saw in order to make cuts to your pieces of tile. If you think you're up to the task of installing ceramic tile in your home, read on for information to use as a guide.

Tools and Materials for the Job:

  • Ceramic tile 
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Thin-set mortar (or a premix)
  • Trowel
  • Bucket of water
  • Sponges
  • Tile cutter

Instructions:

  1. To start, you should measure the area where you want to lay the tile. Measure the square footage, and this will tell you how much tile you will need. Once you have your measurement, you can purchase your tile. Be sure you have it all before you begin, if you go back to the flooring store and they are out, you may have to special order it, or could end up empty handed. Have your tile before you begin.
  2. Next, lay out your tile in the manner you want. Start at the center and then work your way out from there. Once you have some idea of the pattern and where to begin you can start laying your first piece of tile.
  3. Mix your mortar, or open up the premix container of the mortar. Once it's mixed properly you can begin adding the mortar to the floor. Use your trowel to lay the mortar on the floor, then spread it evenly just a bit outside of the size of the piece of tile you are laying. Set your tile on the mortar and press it into the mortar. 
  4. Spread more mortar and place your next few pieces of tile in place. If need be, you can use tile spacers between the pieces of ceramic tile so they are all evenly spaced apart.
  5. Continue moving around the room setting your pieces of tile in the manner you wish them to be laid, cutting pieces as needed along the walls.
  6. When finished, use the sponge to wipe the pieces of tile to remove mortar from the face of the tile. Allow the mortar to dry completely — usually 24 hours.
  7. After the mortar is dry, you can start grouting between the tile. Mix the grout as instructed by the manufacturer. Use a grout float to grout in between the tile, trying your best not to get the grout on the tile faces. Fill in the lines evenly, and allow it to dry thoroughly. 
  8. When finished, you can use a grout sealer to seal the grout and prevent stains in your grout. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to apply the sealer.

Ceramic tile is a beautiful flooring option to use in your home and you have a lot of styles to choose from. If you aren't sure how to install ceramic, you can hire a flooring professional to do the work for you. Reach out to a company like Blackwell's Carpet and Floors to learn more.

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21 October 2019