Some essentials to look at before your tile laying DIY project gets underway; provided by Boonthavorn, ceramics and DIY specialists.
Ceramic tiles are highly favored in many houses thanks to unique characteristics, high quality and modern design. Tiles are durable, appropriate to use inside and outside buildings, easy to buy with reasonable prices and not too difficult to lay or remove. Apart from selecting ceramic tiles that appeal to you the most, another equally important thing is laying them correctly. It may seem easy, but laid incorrectly future problems are likely. Consider these suggestions before you get started; however there are many more issues to be considered. For example:
- The need for a stable, clean, level/even and uncontaminated sub-floor.
- Consider the ‘squareness’ of the area, the centre of the rooms and the lines you will need to follow.
- Grouting and grout sealer.
- Finishing trims and the management of transitions between different types of flooring.
- Consider the need for equipment such as trowels to spread the tile fixing product, tile cutting equipment, mixing tools and containers, gloves and safety glasses.
Check whether all the tiles are the same colour and size. Don’t accept any different colours or sizes; contact the supplier immediately if there are differences. It is recommended that information about the tiles is kept for additional tiles to be purchased. Lay ceramic tiles according to the arrow points or the logo appearing at their back. Leave at least a 2-3 mm. gap between each tile for a grout line between tiles. Tile lines must be symmetric. To help you align the laid tiles easily and quickly, we recommend a spacer for tile alignment designed to be used with any types of tiles. For granite type tiles, do not use any colour markers to write on the tile surface during the laying as some marks may remain and cannot be erased later. For Granite type tiles, always wipe out wax off the surface. Normally, these tiles are waxed. After laying them, use a recommended product from the supplier to remove the wax and to enhance their beauty and durability.
Ceramic Tiles + Sand-Mixed Cement = Require water Ceramic Tiles + Glue-Mixed Cement = Require no water If you use sand-mixed cement to lay ceramic tiles, soak the tiles in water before laying them. Doing so will prevent the tiles from absorbing water from the cement while it is drying; laying the tiles with glue-mixed cement does not require this process. Porcelain Tiles + Sand-Mixed Cement/Glue-Mixed Cement = Require no water Porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5% water, so you do not have to leave them in water, regardless of the type of cement you are using to lay the tiles. Random Pattern Tiles are tiles with various patterns on the surface. This is so they appear as natural as possible. Random pattern tiles may have different patterns or different patterns and colours You do not have to separate the colours or arrange the pattern of the tiles after unpacking. All you need to do is lay them the way you want.
Tips for Taking Care of Tiles
Use water or only a little cleaning solution with water to clean tiles. Do not leave cleaning solution on the tiles for a long time because it will leave a stain on the tiles.
- Do not use cleaning solutions containing hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid or hydrofluoric acid to clean tiles.
- Never use the chemical substance of isopropyl (alcoholbased) to clean tiles.
- Do not use any cleaning equipment with rough and sharp surface to clean tiles.
- Take the time to discuss your tiling project in advance with a tiling expert.
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