How to Prep and Tile a Floor

I've been radio quiet on the ace shower front, and I'm SO sorry! I've actually had a significant part of the space accomplished for half a month, and I'm waiting on ONE bit of workmanship to photo and share the uncover! Last time I gave you an update, I was talking about patching the subfloor, which implied I was prepared for tile! Like any DIY, the readiness is 75% of the challenge. Tiling is no exemption.

Step by step instructions to tile a restroom floor... well-ordered guide!

Tile Planning Stage 1

Compass and vacuum the subfloor.

Tile Planning Stage 2

Blend your mortar according to bundle instructions. (Fill a bucket with water and after that add powder… blend with mixing drill bit until the consistency of a nutty spread.)

Tile Planning Stage 3

Apply mortar to the subfloor and place the solid backer board on top. Use screws intended for the backer board and drill through the backer board into the subfloor. Leave 1/8″ gap between sheets of the backer board. To cut the backer board, use a scoring tool this way (subsidiary)… use a straight edge, score the backboard and afterward snap along the score line.

Tile Planning Stage 4

Following 24 hours, return and tape the seams between the backer board sheets. If left untaped, these seams can cause splits in your tile… no Bueno. Taping the seams is speedy and simple. Using a pallet knife, rub a thin layer of mortar over the split. Place your backer board tape over the mortar and return over with another layer of mortar. Using the pallet knife you should most likely get a thin smooth line.

Onto the tile! Again, the video toward the end is most likely more supportive than this composed instructional exercise, but I'll outline the steps here for you to peruse first.

Tiling Installation Stage 1

Snap a guideline. Run a chalk line from the middle of each parallel wall to get an intersection point in the middle of the room.

Tiling Installation Stage 2

Dry fit your tile to determine the design, fit an example. If using a tile with any variegation or example within the material, consider opening up all your containers and shuffling the tiles… there can be a lot of difference between each clump.

Tiling Installation Stage 3

Blend thin-set or…. use premixed thinset. I used the premixed just to spare the additional progression of mixing.

Tiling Installation Stage 4

Use a pallet knife or your trowel to spread a thin layer of thinset over the backer board. Select a trowel with notches that compare to the size of your tile and force the indented edge over the thinset. This will leave sufficiently behind thinset to stick your tile to the backer board, but less than it overflows up between your tiles.

Tiling Installation Stage 5

Lay the tile onto the thinset and make sure it's lined up with your network lines. Press down solidly to set in place. Wipe away any thinset that may have come up and over the tiles.

Tiling Installation Stage 6

Place fitting sized spacers around your tile, spread more thinset, and continue to set out your tile. (Note: This process will be similar whether you're working with smaller tile on worksheets or bigger individual tiles.)

Tiling Installation Stage 7

At some point, you're going to achieve an edge or the wall and it will be important to cut your tile. There are a couple of different offshoot alternatives. Choice 1. Tile Nippers. For small thin tile like penny rounds, these are impeccable. You can apply pressure on the tile and the scissors will break the tile in a smooth line. Choice 2. A tile scoring tool. This is somewhat more cumbersome, but simple to explore if you don't have such a large number of tiles to cut. Run the sharp wheel forward and backward over your cut line multiple times or more to score the tile. At that point, flip over the tool and pinch the tile to snap along the line. Alternative 3. A tile wet saw. I chose this strategy and am so happy I did… Using a tile saw is much equivalent to some other saw, you basically need to ensure that the uncommon precious stone blade is always moving through a full reservoir of water underneath the cutting surface. In contrast to a regular saw, a tile saw isn't cutting through the tile, it's *grinding* through and a dry blade can cause chipping and splitting.
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Tiling Installation Stage 8

Grout! Grout is when a tile floor becomes a tile floor! If using tinted grout, premixed grout will prevent any difference in shading between clumps. Something else, blend grout much as you did your mortar: fill the bucket with water and afterward add grout. Blend until the consistency of toothpaste… you need the grout to remain on your pallet knife except if you flick it off. (Note: grout dries Quick… only blend as much as you can apply at once.) Using a pallet knife or trowel, scoop grout onto your tile. With a grout coast at 90 degrees, 'pull' the grout over your tile thusly filling every one of the gaps between your tile. Promptly return over the tile with a sponge and new water to remove any buildup or murkiness.

I know I know… SO much information in one post. I definitely think the recordings are somewhat more accommodating seeing these steps is somewhat more informative, in my opinion.