1. Q: What’s a good approach to DIY Floor Tiling ?
A: See our step-by step floor tiling instructions below :
Step 1. It is recommended that floor tiling is set out from the middle of the floor so that any cuts are to the outside of the layout. Spread an area of adhesive with a solid-bed notched floor trowel and firmly press the first tile into the adhesive.
Step 2 When starting a new area of tiling it is important to check that the tile is correctly bedded into the adhesive without any voids. Use a trowel to lift the tile to check coverage.
Step 3 The adhesive must be evenly applied and in contact with the tile and base to assure long term adhesion and performance. If necessary re-trowel the adhesive and replace the tile firmly into the adhesive bed.
Step 4 At the edge of the tiled area check the measurement to assess any irregularity in the wall and the cut required.
Step 5 Set the edge tile upside down and mark the cut on the reverse. This should then be transferred to the face before cutting. The cut edge is set to the room edge.
Step 6 Floor tiles should be cut using a tile cutter. After marking the measurement, scribe and break using the cutter.
Step 7 Awkward shapes to fit tiles round pipes and other room fittings should be cut using tile nippers. Irregularities in the cut can be smoothed off with a tile file. Protective goggles should be worn during cutting.
Step 8 When the adhesive is dry, usually within 24-hours, the floor can be grouted. Spread grout over the area working it well into the joints with a spreading tool. Clean off excess grout in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
See our step-by step floor tiling instructions below :