Tiling your floors is always a good idea. They come in a huge variety of colours, materials, sizes and designs, as found at TilesUK. However, a tradesman can charge you a sizeable sum to carry out this relatively easy task. Here, I will explain quickly and clearly how to tile the floor in your home.
Setting Out Your Tiles
The positioning of your first tile is critical, as one mistake will lead to incorrect positions for all the others. To make sure this doesn’t happen you must first find the centre of your floor. You can do this easily by using a tape measure to find the midpoint of each wall and drawing a pair of line that should cross over exactly in the centre of your room. Now, place your loose tiles along these lines working from the centre of the room towards the room. This will allow you to adjust your layout, which will prevent you from having to cut tiles to fit around the edges. Once you are satisfied with your theoretical layout, mark where central tile will be placed, as that will be the first tile you fix to the floor.
Now you can begin applying adhesive to the floor of your room, making sure that you read and fully understand the manufactures instructions. Use a notched spreader to spread the adhesive onto the floor in even layers. It is important that you only spread roughly one metre at a time, as applying it to the whole room would make sections dry out before you can stick your tiles to the floor. By only doing it one metre at a time, you can apply your tiles in stages whilst the adhesive is still wet.
Laying Out Your Tiles
Position your first tile in your previously marked centre point and use a twisting motion to ensure the entirety of the tile is in contact with the adhesive. It is important to remember that you place spacers in between each tile as you apply them to the floor. With this in mind, you can continue sticking your tiles to the floor with the technique mentioned previously. If you find any adhesive on the top of your tiles as you’re going along, simply wipe this off with a wet sponge.
Before applying grout to your tiles you should leave them for a minimum of 24 hours, which will allow the adhesive to properly set. Remove the spacers you have placed in between each tile and use your grout to fill in these spaces. Ensure each space is filled in evenly to give your floor a professional look. Then, compress the grout into the spaces with a heavy, straight object to fill in all holes and improve water resistance. Finally, allow your tiles to dry off for another 24 hours before giving each one a thorough polish with a cloth. This small finishing touch will make them sparkle and stand out, improving the look of your room immeasurably.
About the Author
This guest post was written by Kevin, a well regarded expert in the tiles industry who has been blogging regularly on the topic for many years. He specialises in tile design, using a variety of different styles and colours to produce original tile creations.