Tiling your floor basically provides a visual contrast to the rest of the house. It makes your space cleaner and neater. Apparently, you don’t have to spend thousands to hire someone who can do the tiling. This job is so easy that you can do it yourself. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Clean your floor and remove any debris or lump that will affect the tiling later on. It is best that you flatten the surface where you intend to put tiles to make sure the outcome is even.
2. Measure your space and find the center. You can use a tape measure to get the exact measurement and snap chalk lines that intersect exactly at the center of the floor. Remember that when you tile your space, you need to start at the center to ensure equal distribution of the tiles and keep the cutting in the corner.
3. Dry run the tiles. Before you start the project, we suggest that you dry-run by laying out the tiles and the spacers. Do not apply cement or adhesive yet. The purpose of this part is to see how the tiles would look like when they are already placed on the floor.
4. Mix the thin-set mortar. You can also use adhesive cement. Make sure you check with the hardware store as they can always recommend what to use depending on the size, type, and kind of the tiles you are using. When you mix the mortar, just pour enough water and mix them all together in a large bucket. Continue mixing until they are evenly combined and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
5. When the mortar gets lackey, you can start applying it on your floor. Spread the mixture on a 2 x 2 section of the floor starting from the center. You need to work in a small section to prevent the mortar from drying.
6. Start placing tiles one-by-one. You need to push the tile a little or apply force on it to ensure it follows the correct level.
There you go. Tiling your space doesn’t have to be a hassle. With these very steps for DIY tile flooring installation, we hope that you can achieve a beautiful house.