Don't put up with a moldy and dilapidated kitchen floor. It's cheap and easy to replace and completely tile your kitchen floor. The first thing that should be done is removal of all the old tiles. This is a tricky process but shouldn't be too difficult. Once this is done, this article will pick up on how to tile your kitchen floor.
- Measuring Tape
- Measuring. The first thing that should happen when preparing to tile your kitchen floor is to measure the area of the floor being tiled. This can be done with the tape measurer. Once all the dimensions are recorded and all the old flooring has been removed from the room, it's time to go to the hardware store.
- Types of Tile. Once at the hardware store, there are several things that need to be done. First, get with a tile or flooring specialist and compare the dimensions of the room with some possible dimensions of tile for the floor, so that the proper amount of tiles are purchased. After doing so, look over the available types of tile and choose the one that best matches the home and kitchen being tiled. Be sure to tell the salesmen the price range for the tile. Otherwise he may show several very expensive varieties of tile.
- Laying the Tile. Make sure the surface of the floor is completely clean of everything. Don't forget to sweep away any kinds of residue or particles inhabiting the floor. Once this is done, it's a good idea to trace the tiles onto the floor so the positioning will be perfect when preparing to place them. Now, starting from the innermost traced tile, begin filling the tracings up with a thin layer of mortar. Then carefully set each tile in its preordained position on top of the mortar. Try not to move the tile after it's been set on the mortar, at this point it needs to set and stay still.
- Optional Grout. After all the tiles are properly placed on their mortar beds, they need to be left to dry over night. At this point, the option to grout becomes available. Grout is a purely aesthetic addition and is by no means necessary for a properly tiled floor. Most people go with the grout, as it's cheap and goes a long ways to making the kitchen look more finished. The only thing left is to move the furniture back into the room and admire the great job done.