Tile Flooring installation tips
Laying Out The RoomWhile ceramic tile is easier to install than some other types of flooring, proper planning is critical. Before you follow any of the installation steps below you must first spend a considerable amount of time planning your layout. It's a good idea to loose lay tiles to try various approaches before you start mixing mortar.The more time you spend laying out your area, the better your project will go.
Floor PreparationSurface to be tiled must be flat, structurally sound, dry and free from oil, grease, and dirt. Any imperfections in the floor should be patched with a waterproof patching compound.
Getting Squared UpSnap chalk lines with a 90 degree intersection, preferably in the center of the room. Since all rooms vary in size and shape, consult your sales representative for specific advice regarding your project.
Mixing MortarThoroughly mix the mortar powder with clean water and stir to a toothpaste-like consistency. Allow mixture to stand as instructed on package then stir and use. It is best to only mix what can be used in 30 minutes. Stir mixture occasionally to keep creamy, but never add water once you get started because it will weaken the mix. In the event the mix becomes stiff in the pail, discard and make a fresh batch.
Applying MortarFirst apply your mortar using the flat side of the trowel to promote substrate contact. Then, using the recommended notch trowel at a 45-degree angle spread the mortar uniformly in a ridged pattern. Continue applying mortar in a straight pattern. Do not swirl the trowel.
Spread only an area that can be tiled in 10 to 15 minutes (or while surface is still tacky). Press tile into mortar with a slight twisting motion. To prevent any voids or air pockets under the tile, use a small block of wood or rubber mallet and carefully tap the top of each tile to insure complete contact with mortar.
Do Not Walk on Tile for 24 Hours