Before laying your ceramic tile floor, you must ensure that the tile you choose is suitable for the part of the house you will be using it for. Ceramic tile floors are resistant to moisture, water spills, and extreme temperature changes and are commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and sometimes other home areas. Once you’ve decided on the floor area in which you’ll be using ceramic tiles and the tiles you want to use, you’re ready to go.
Keep your tools ready.
The first thing to do is ensure the tools you will use are at hand. These tools should include essential carpentry tools such as a precision tape measure, square, and spirit level. You should also be ready with the tiles and everything you need to place and connect them: tile space, tile cutter, trowel, and putty knife. Next, you must prepare the adhesive: tile adhesive, thin fixing mortar or tile adhesive, sealant, grout, and a rubber trowel. For safety, you should also wear work clothes or coveralls, goggles, and heavy duty gloves.
Substrate preparation for tiling
Before you start laying the tiles, you should first prepare the base for laying the tiles. It includes thoroughly cleaning the base and checking for cracks. If you find cracks, you need to repair them. If any crack is too large to repair, that floor part must be completely replaced. If your floors are wood, ensure they are well supported and at least two inches thick to support the weight of the tiles you will lay on top of them. Once you’ve checked for cracks and cleared any debris from the subfloor, you’re ready to begin laying your ceramic tile floor.
The next step in laying a ceramic tile floor is accurately measuring the floor and tiles. It is necessary to calculate how many tiles you will need accurately. You must measure the length and width of the area of the floor you are going to tile and the length and width of each tile. You will then need to use these numbers to calculate the exact number of tiles you will use, which will depend on the orientation of each tile, as you have chosen to place it on the floor as well.
Then you must find the midpoints of the length and width of the floor on which you want to install your ceramic floor; connect these midpoints to form a plus in the floor area. The intersection of the two plus lines is the center of your area; With this, you should start laying Tiento ceramic tiles.
Start in the center and move outward with each ceramic tile. Use mortar or tile adhesive to lay the tiles, make sure the seam between the tile and the subfloor is held in place by applying pressure to each tile. After the tile has hardened, finish the process by using the grout.