STEP-BY-STEP FLOOR TILE INSTALLATION
• Ensure your surface is clean, smooth, dry and free of wax, soap scum and grease.
• Carefully read and follow all instructions and precautions on the adhesive or mortar package. Mix only enough to be used within 30 minutes.
• Since variation of shades is an inherent characteristic of ceramic tile, mix tiles from several cartons as you set, for a blended effect.
STEP 1: SURFACE PREPARATION
Tile may be installed over most structurally sound substrates, if they are clean, smooth, dry and free of wax, soap scum and grease.
Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched and leveled.
Remove any moldings, trim, appliances, etc., which could interfere with installation.
Door jambs may be undercut for tile to slip under.
STEP 2: LAYOUT
Begin by marking the center point of all four walls.
Snap chalk lines between the center points of opposite walls, which will intersect at the center of room. Make sure they're perfectly square, and adjust if necessary.
Next, lay out a row of loose tiles along the center lines in both directions, leaving spaces for uniform joints (use tile spacers). If this layout leaves cuts smaller than 1/2 tile at walls, adjust the center line by snapping a new line 1/2 tile closer to the wall. Repeat along other center line if necessary.
Now divide the room into smaller grids (approx. 2' x 3') by snapping additional lines parallel to center lines.
STEP 3: APPLYING ADHESIVE
Select the right adhesive for the substrate you're using. Carefully read and follow all instructions and precautions on the adhesive or mortar package. Mix only enough to be used within 30 minutes.
STEP 4: CUTTING TILE
Carefully measure tiles to be cut and mark with a pencil or felt-tip pen.
STEP 5: SETTING TILE
Variation of shades is an inherent characteristic of ceramic tile – mix tiles from several cartons as you set, for a blended effect.
Step 6: Grouting Joints
Generally, you should wait about 24 hours before grouting (refer to the adhesive package for specifics).