Kitchen Floor – Basic Steps On Tiling

Kitchen Floors is one area of tiling that most people would prefer to not learn how to do due to the complicated process involved. Nonetheless, it really is much easier than what many may think. Rather than hiring a professional for the job, you can save a whole lot of money. As long as you know the do’s and don’ts, then this task is really a no-brainer for you.

How To Choose Your Tiles

Kitchen FloorFirst and foremost, you need to choose the tiles. You may get shocked with the variety of choices when doing this. You can find various kinds of tiles and their availability depends much on you. It may also depend upon the way you want the room to be as well as the over-all design and feel of the room.

Dimensions and Calculations

You also must measure your floor area. Whether you would like the tiles to go under any type of fitting and units is also essential to consider. Usually, it is better if you tile under the fittings, to ensure that whenever you would have to move appliances later on, like a fridge, then you don’t need to lift it up over the edge of your new tiles.

Get your floor’s width and divide it by the width of one tile. You do that to determine the number of rows that you’ll have. It will also help you in choosing the optimal wall edge to put your cut tiles against.

Application

Now you can start applying tiles on your floor after doing the mathematics. Make certain you have an even coverage of glue placed on your sub-floor. The kind of adhesive to utilize would depend on your sub-floor or the surface you are tiling. If it is a concrete floor, then you can use a rapid setting adhesive. As it can set as fast as 30 minutes, be sure that you don’t spread too much of the mixture simultaneously.

You will need a flexible adhesive, if it’s a wooden sub-floor. You know if an adhesive is flexible if it’s written on the bag or the tub. When you have marble, you’ll need a white adhesive. This is so that no color coming from the underside would bleed and ruin your design.

Grouting

When you finished repairing your tiles on the floor and once you have allowed sufficient time for it to dry, you would then have to grout the floor. If you have natural stone tiles, like marble, slate, limestone, granite, travertine, and porcelain, you should seal them first before you can grout them. Using  a specialized impregnating sealer will also help the tile to be more resistant to dirt and staining.

Apply the grout using a grout squeegee after mixing it up. Work over the joints until they are all filled. Afterwards wipe off the excess grout using a sponge to finish it.

TFO Tile Factory Outlet specializes in kitchen floor. Learn more about kitchen floor at www.tfo.com.au or buy directly online at the TFO online tile shop.

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