6 Tips to Lay Tile

So you really want to tile your kitchen floor yet you don’t want to pay a bunch of money or let a contractor mess it up? If you want it done right then do it yourself right? Laying tile is a daunting task yet it is not rocket science.  Here are 6 tips to lay tile in a DIY project!

1. Stay Calm: If you are anything like my wife you are sure to get extremely stressed at before, during, and even after the project.  I am always there for her to tell her it will be alright and coax her through all of our projects.  Through constant reassurance I am able to keep her calm and the project goes so (x100) much smoother.

2. Prepare the Base Floor: The floor that you are going to lay your tile on needs to be as clean as  you can get it.  Remove all dirt, dust, wax, greese, or oil as any of these will prevent your adhesives from sticking well to the floor thus giving  you loose tile.  Plain down any high spots in the floor and replace the floor with sturdy plywood if needed.

3. Find Your Center:   You will want to lay your tile starting from the exact center of the floor.  Find this by finding the exact center of all four walls and snap chalk lines connecting them in a + pattern – where they intersect is your exact center.

4. Dry Run: Make a plan for the layout of your tile by placing them in the approximate pattern you would like them in. This gives you a visual of the floor and also allows you to make any adjustments before the tiles are set in stone. Tile spacers come in very handy to make sure your tiles are all the same distance apart and keeping an even flow.

5. Place ‘Em: Lay out your cement or adhesive and being laying  your tiles.  Try not to get too far ahead of yourself and only spread enough adhesive for about 6-12 tiles at a time.  Some people like to cut their tile before laying their adhesive but that is why i recommend not putting out too much adhesive.  For a step by step instruction on how to cut your tile click here. Also, when you are spreading your adhesive with your trowel try to keep it as thin as possible.

6. Grout and Cleaning:  If you are grouting your tiles then this is the last step. Let your adhesives set up for at least 2 hours but its recommended to wait 24 hours to be sure.  Then you can lather the grout over your tiles and let it settle for about 20 minutes.  Clean the grout up off the tile but be careful not to smudge the grout between the tiles.  After this is all done you will usually want to wait about 2 days before using soaps and water to clean the floor just to allow ample time for everything to harden and set up.

These are just a few tips and steps but there are many sites out there that can help you with more steps of tiling.  You can visit us here for a large tile selection that is sure to have the right color and style for any project! Remember, stay calm, take it slow, and get it right the first time!

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