Overhauling your current kitchen tiles is a great way to give it a fresh and modern look. It’s important that you plan ahead and make sure you know how to finish the job properly before you start.
The first thing you need to do is take a look at some kitchen tile ideas. Checking out what others have done before you helps give you some inspiration for the upcoming job. You can find a style that best suits your personality and taste and know the direction you’re heading in before you lay your first tile.
Preparing your kitchen floor
If you have an even, clean and dry concrete floor then you can lay your tiles straightaway. You can also do this if you have previously laid down vinyl or quarry tiles that are level; although you will need to apply primer to vinyl tiles. If your floor is uneven you will need to level it. If you have a wooden floor you will need to consider the effect of movement, and you will probably need to strengthen it.
Laying your tiles
The most important tile you will lay is the key tile, which determines the position of all the tiles you will place. The best location to place the key tile is in the centre of the floor. You then need to lay a dry line of tiles out to one of each of the walls, one line at a time. You should never leave a very thin space at the end of the line, as a thin slither of tile not only looks odd, it can also be difficult to stick.
With your tile spacers at hand, you then need to spread approximately one square metre of adhesive with a notched trowel or spreader. Once you’ve done this you should place the key tile onto the adhesive and give it a slight twist to make sure there is no trapped air. As you continue to lay the tiles you should wipe them, to remove any excess adhesive. You should also use a spirit level to make sure the tiles are level.
Once the main area of tiles has been left to dry for twenty four hours, you will need to measure, cut and fit your edging tiles.
Grouting your tiles
Once the adhesive has set you can grout your tiles. If you have absorbent tiles then you will need to mix a dryer grout and press it directly into the gaps between the tiles. If your tiles are glazed then you can pour a wetter grout over the tiles. As the grout is setting you need to press and smooth it into the gaps, wiping away any excess grout with a damp sponge as you go.
After all the tile laying and grouting is complete, the finishing touch is to use a flexible sealant to seal around the floor, which you should then refrain from using heavily for forty-eight hours.