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WHat you need to know about installing a tile floor
Installing tile might be easier than you think. It is a common way for many homeowners to save some money on the cost of remodeling. It can seem a little daunting but have faith, you can get it done.
What You Need
You need a few things before you get started. The basics of a DIY installation job include:
Cutting the Tile
You can use a scoring cutter to cut tiles as needed. Remember to allow for the grout lines when measuring. If you are going to cut a lot of tiles consider renting a wet saw.
Once the tile has been laid make sure you allow enough time for it to dry. This is usually about 1 day but follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the adhesive is dry, it's time to apply the grout.
First, remove the spacers and prepare the grout. Only mix as much grout as you can use in about 20 minutes. If you make too much it will begin to dry out before you can set it.
Use a rubber tile float to apply the grout. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle and drag it across the joints to fill up the grout lines.
After you have worked the grout into the joints use a damp sponge to clean off any grout residue left on the tiles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to let the grout cure. Some may take several days.
DIY tiling can be a daunting task if you're unsure you should consider hiring a professional. It is better to spend the extra money and have it done right than have to correct a bad installation job.
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