Many people call professionals for laying tiles on the flooring in their house--but their services are usually very expensive. It is because of this that many people prefer to do this job personally, but without proper instructions and directions, one might end up making a mess of it. To avoid all this, it is important that proper instructions and steps are provided--which is exactly what this following article will do. Continue reading for some tips on how to lay tiles, how to prevent the common mistakes that may arise, and the ways in which you can save money while doing the same.
Decide The Size and Color
The first thing that you have to do is decide on the size of the tile as well as the area that you want to cover with the tiles. The tiles come in various shapes and sizes. Pick one of your choice and make sure that all the tiles are of the same size. Get some extra tiles to be on the safe side because some might break while laying them. In fact, while laying the tiles diagonally, many tiles are wasted as cutoffs. Also, decide on the color of the tile. Choose something that will complement the rest of the room. This is important because once you fix the tiles, it will be a tedious job taking them off again, and will be a wastage of money, time, and energy.
Clean the Floor
Next, make sure that the floor on which you will lay the tiles, is even and clean. If not, then level it properly. Also, if there are any cracks on the floor, repair them or else there might be a problem after you have laid the tiles. Remove any traces of oil and debris.
Make a rough eye estimation as to how the tiles should be laid, and what the flooring should be like. This will prevent the wastage of tiles, and will also save some time. Using a marker, you can also draw an outline of the tiles and the way it is to be laid in order to further help you.
Make the Mortar
Make the mortar which you will use in order to place the tiles in their proper position. If you want, you can also use an adhesive to stick the tiles. Using a trowel, put some of the mortar at the back of the tile and place it in its correct place. Make sure that there is no gap between the tile and the floor, or else the pressure might break the tile. Many times, the tile might be laid in a crooked manner--in such a situation, remove the tile immediately, clean it off the mortar and place it in the correct manner again. Once the mortar has dried and set in, it is very difficult to change anything. Similarly, if the mortar rubs off on the surface of the tiles, it needs to be cleaned immediately.
Some people, instead of using mortar, make use of adhesives for laying tiles on concrete. Choose an adhesive that is strong enough to hold the tiles. Do not dot the tiles only in the four corners while sticking, this will not stick firmly to the ground, and that will increase the chances of the tile cracking. For best results, use a trowel to apply the adhesive evenly across the entire tile and then press it firmly on the ground.
Mixing the Grout
Once the tiles have been laid, mix the grout. Carefully fill in the spaces between the tiles with the grout, and wipe the extra grout off. As it dries up, wipe the tiles with a wet cloth. Don't be surprised if the tiles look a bit hazy. That's because of the excess grout. Clean it, and the tiles will lose the hazy look.
Just follow the steps and make sure that you are very careful while applying the mortar or the adhesive.