You have chosen your floor tiles, laid the subfloor, and you are now anxious to get creative. Just like in the other two steps, you will need all the right tools before laying floor tiles.
Tools of the Trade
Many of the required tools for laying floor tiles you already would have had for the other two steps, except for, of course, your floor tiles. You will need the same polymer thin-set mortar you used to lay your subfloor, buckets for mixing the thin-set with water, a drill and a mixing paddle, your trusty tape measure, pencil and square. In addition, obtain tile spacers, a level and a rubber mallet. A tile cutter or saw will be needed to trim the tiles. Rubber work gloves, knee pads and safety goggles are recommended for your safety.
For finishes, you may need aluminum angles for the doorways where the tiling finishes.
With every tool or chemical substance used, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you are informed of any applicable building codes.
Before laying the tiles, take tiles from different boxes and mix them together just in case there is a slight color variation between each box.
Mix the thin-set according to the recommended consistency, then starting at the cross section at the middle of the room, spread the thin-set with a trowel in a one meter by one meter area and try not to cover your reference lines. Then comb the mortar with the notched edge of the trowel at a 45 degree angle. Comb in one direction without making swirl patterns. Use the trowel to pick up any excess and return it to the bucket.
Now lay tiles along the reference lines. Press them down gently with a slight twist and use spacers. Every few tiles, lift one up and have a look to see if it’s sticking well. If there is very little adhesive on the tile, add more with the trowel. If this continues, get a trowel with bigger notches.
After completing one section, use the level to make sure the tiles are even. If not, use the mallet to even them out. Cut tiles for edges near cabinets, etc.
Keep laying the tiles and before you know it, this stage will be complete
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