One way to make your tiling project easier and more enjoyable is to avoid making common mistakes. First off, be sure to order enough tiles for the entire project, it’s a bound to be a headache if you don’t. The rule of thumb is to add at least 10% to your total square footage. This will cover any ways in accurate cuts and breakage. Being eager to tile is one thing, jumping into your tile installation without proper preparation is quite another and will result in a botched job. So give it a necessary time it requires.
Make sure the under lament for the tiles is firm and stable, and the surface is clean and flat. Any wallpaper or other foreign coating should be removed prior to installing the tile. It's also a good idea to protect joining surfaces from being scratched or stained by the tools and materials. You’re just asking for trouble if you skip this step. Remember the things through the tile lay out in advance. Measure and mark off straight and level guidelines you can follow. Determine where the placement calls for partial tiles.
The fewer cut tiles you have, the better looking the tile and the less expensive and time consuming your project. On glaze tile such as natural stone can become permanently stained from dirt and grind unless it's sealed. Sealing your tile before you grout will help maintain its color and make cleaning a lot easier. When it comes to grouting, don’t leave the grout too long on the tiles. Grout dries fairly quickly. The longer you let it set up, the harder it will be to clean off later.
Tile instillation mistakes can become serious problems when they are not fixed right away. Since tiling involves materials that harden up, you don’t want to wait too long to correct the tile that’s misplaced, poorly cut or shifting out of position. If you’re adhesive thus harden, simply scrape it up, apply new adhesive and replace the tile. Mistakes can also happen when you don’t use the right tools and materials for the job. Don’t assume you know the right materials for your tile application because if it's your first time. Check with the experts and always read the manufacturer’s directions for proper use of their product. Be careful when working with power tools. Don’t force the tool to do what it's not designed to do or you may break something, and always wear appropriate protective gear.
Lastly, watch your speed. A patient attitude is your best helper, so take your time, try no to hurry the process. Each step is at equal value from the layout on the prep to mixing and applying the adhesive, placing the tile and spreading the grout. If you handle each step thoroughly, you’re bound to be rewarded with a beautiful tile job that will last and last.
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