Laying a tile floor in your kitchen is a time consuming job, it’s best to ensure that you have adequate time, and all the materials and tools you need before you start.
Make sure you have:
- 2-3 days available to lay the floor.
- We recommend having 10% more than you calculate you need to ensure you have spare if anything goes wrong)
- Diamond disc tile cutter
- Safety kit (goggles, leather gloves and ear defenders)
- Spirit level
- Profile shaper
- Pencil, tape measure
- Serrated trowel
- Chalk line
Piece of hose pipe
- Lint-free cloth
- Floor sealer
- Bucket, sponge
Set up your chalk lines. You want to ensure that your tiles are completely straight, you don’t want your kitchen to look like it’s set at an angle to the tiles after all, so your first step is to set up your chalk lines, these provide your guides to laying straight tiles.
Find the mid points of the longest two walls, and create a chalk line between them.
Do the same with the shorter walls, ensuring that this second line intersects with the first at the centre, creating right angles.
Check how many tiles you need. You want to avoid cutting tiles as much as possible, so work out how many tiles you can fit in your kitchen, and see if you can keep the cutting to a minimum by adjusting the size of your grout lines.
Lay tiles out across the two lines working out from the centre, throughout the kitchen. Don’t stick anything down yet!
Check periodically from the door that everything looks right. If you get to a wall and there is less than ¼ tile required for the last row, try spacing out the tiles a little more.
It also looks better if you use whole tiles at the door, and around any key features, such as a central island. Cut any tiles that need it to size. Now you’re ready to start sticking.
Starting back at the centre, spread about a meter of tile adhesive on the floor, and score it using the trowel, then start laying the tiles, ensuring they line up with both chalk lines.
Add plastic spacers at each corner of every tile to ensure your grout lines remain even throughout. Work outwards from the centre of the room until all of your tiles are laid, using a spirit level as you go along to ensure your floor is even.
Leave the adhesive to set for 24 hours. If possible try to prevent anyone else from walking on your new kitchen floor while it dries.
Now you can grout your tiles. Spread the grout into the gaps between the tiles, using the hose pipe to create a light dip just below the level of the tile. Make sure that you wipe any excess grout off the tiles as you go along, as this will be difficult to remove once it has dried.
Once you have finished grouting, you’re done. You have a wonderful new tiled kitchen floor!