Friday, July 29, 2011

Resetting Tiles

If you have loose or damaged tiles in your home, you can fix it pretty easily.

1. If you can lift out the tiles, do so and put it on a towel out of the way.

2. If you need to remove a tile, use a grout saw to chip out the grout. Once that's done, cover the tile with a heavy towel and use a hammer to break it apart. Make sure you wear work gloves and eye protection. A putty knife will help you get out the broken pieces.

3. Scrape as much of the old adhesive off of the floor as you can, and then vacuum the area well to remove dust and debris.

4. Repair any damage to the floor before you install the new tiles.

5. Use a notched trowel to spread the back of the tile with adhesive. Keep it about a quarter of an inch from the edge of all sides.

6. Put the tile in place and align it with the surrounding tiles. Lay a towel and a block of wood on the tile and gently tap it until the tile is flush with those around it. Allow the adhesive to dry thoroughly, check your package for the right drying time.

7. Now that the adhesive is set, use a float to spread grout into the joints, spreading it from all directions so you're sure every nook is covered.

8. Wipe lightly with a damp sponge and then let the grout dry for fifteen minutes or so, then wipe the whole area with another clean damp sponge.

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