Adding a new floor to any room in your home is an instant makeover, but some flooring is tricky to install yourself. Tile flooring is a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and backsplashes. With just a few simple techniques, you can have an excellent new look without spending a lot.
Steps to Take
The first, and most obvious, thing that you need to do is to choose the colors that suit your home. Even though it may sound simple, it is a good idea to think about the type of décor you are going to use in the future. Tile flooring and backsplashes are made to last, so the color will be in your home for some time to come. Typically, neutral colors like white or cream are a good choice that will match anything in the room you are working in.
The next step is to being laying the tile. Whether you are working on a backsplash or a floor, you will always need to begin at the center of the area you are working with. To begin actually laying the tile, you will want to clean the entire area thoroughly so that the grout and tile are even and well bonded to the existing surface.
It is best to work with small sections of space when grouting the area, and to take your time when spreading the grout to ensure the adhesive is even. Also, avoid using any other types of adhesive on the tile other than specially made grout. Some adhesives will shrink when used, and cause breakage in the tile.
Also, you will want to check over the area to remove any excess grout before it begins to harden and to ensure all the tiles are properly placed. Typically, grout becomes difficult to work with twelve hours after the tile has been laid.