How To Install Ceramic Kitchen Floor Tiles

Many options floor coverings. For the kitchen, ceramic tile is one of the best. It's cheaper and easier to work than stone, but still a classic look and durability of wood, vinyl and other materials simply can not match. There is also an infinite number of tile sizes and designs to choose from. For floor tiles, ceramic tiles must be the center for protection from moisture.

First Bill from the kitchen wall to wall in one direction, the center will be read and marked on the floor with a pencil. Put the tape on foot along the wall and mark again. Continue until you have a number of trademarks in the series include the center of the room. With your level, draw a line along marks to share space in two parts.

Second Repeat in the opposite direction from the other two walls. You should end up with two lines intersect will be divided into four even squares. If the kitchen island in the room until you lose over at least two inches on each side.

Third Place ceramic tiles, no glue on the edge of each line so that line up evenly on all four walls. It is very full bags will not fit on the end of the line on the wall, but the space that remains is about the same on the wall at both ends of the line, if at the end the spaces are more than 2 cm. Small pieces that are hard to break, although in that case, your lines so that the full tiles falling against the wall with tiles, partly on the other side. The floor panels that stabbing the walls, kitchen islands and other obstructions that can not be waived for the tiles, use the same principle, by adjusting the lines to make sure that any advice in less than 2 cm.

4 Work on one square at a time from the intersection, use a trowel on the adhesive side as far as you can get a comfortable kneeling position. Make sure the pencil lines you marked unclear. Press the tiles in place, beginning with the lines and inside the building, the plastic spacers between the tiles as you install them. Working your way to the wall and ends when all tiles already fit. Do not kneel or stand on the tiles already laid. Repeat this for each square in the room.

5 If you have partial tiles on walls or obstacles to peace, waiting one day completing the entire set of tiles, so you can run without them moving. Measure the gap between the end of the full tiles and wall tiles and use the cutter to reduce the final pieces. Secure with glue, working your way along the edge of the room. Remember, you can not drill the wall next to other tiles.

6 Allow the tile to the next day to set before grouting. Remove the plastic spacers, discovered the tip of his 5-inch trowel. Mix the mortar in a bucket with a spatula, add enough water to the consistency of thick mud. Let the dressing sit for 10 minutes before the joints between ceramic tiles. Dissemination and pushed into the veins Rubber spoon, scratched beyond the surface tiles.

7 Let the dressing sit for half an hour. During this time, add the cleaned and filled a bucket with clean water. Once the mortar began to dry, take a sponge and squeeze the water and go gentle on the joints. Enter the room, rinse the sponge often. Your task is to destroy the excess grout from the surface after sanding the tiles and mortar in the joints, but not by digging. Drying the next day than on the floor.


  1. When setting the tiles into the adhesive, use a rubber hammer to firmly press them down into place. Check if the level of all the tiles is consistent before the adhesive dries so that you can easily fix the areas that are not level. Then, wait for the adhesive to dry before grouting the tiles. Practice care at all times, as well as attention to detail.

    *Alana Geikie


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