Ceramic tile is sturdy and can withstand lots of wear. It can withstand humid and wet conditions and works great in both bathrooms and kitchens. If you are considering installing ceramic tile flooring on your own, there are a few things you should know before you start the process.
Tip #1: Minimize Cutting
As you figure out how you want to lay out the tiles on your floor, try to create a pattern that allows you to maximize the number of whole tiles you put down and minimize the number of tiles you have to cut.
Of course, there may be some awkward areas where you can't avoid cutting tiles, but work to create a pattern that uses as many whole tiles as possible. This will reduce the amount cutting you have to do and help create a more cohesive look for your new floor.
Tip #2: Measure Everything Out
Before you start the job, you are going to want to measure everything out. To ensure the tile is centered and balanced, measure and find the middle of the room. This is where you should start tiling.
Use a chalk line to snap and create lines that will show you where to put the tile. This will help you keep the tiles straight as you work. Creating one straightedge of tiles in the middle of the room will help you keep the job well-balanced as you work.
Tip #3: Always Use Spacers
You don't want the tiles to touch one another, and you want the gap between each tile to be the same. The best way to achieve that result is by using a spacer. A spacer goes in-between each tile and helps ensure that each tile is equal distance from the next tile.
Tip #4: Allow the Tile to Cure
Just because your floor looks complete doesn't mean you should be stepping on it. You should allow the thinset under the tile to cure for at least an entire day before you try to step on the tile. Allow everything to cure and settle before standing on the tile for the best long-term results.
Tip #5: Add Grout Last
You should allow the thinset to cure and the tiles to sit for at least a day before adding the grout. When you add the grout, you will want the grout to be thick and wet and easy to spread, kind of like the consistency of mayonnaise. You can always add a little more water as you work if necessary.
As you add the grout, be sure to work from the outside of the room towards the center.
If you don't feel up to installing ceramic tile flooring on your own, you can always hire a professional to take care of the job for you. If you decide to lay the tile on your own, be sure to plan, measure, and allow everything to cure before walking on the tile and applying the grout.