August 1, 2019
If home renovations feel completely out of your skill level, but your floors need updating with some Myaree Ceramics floor tiles, you will be glad to know that laying new floor tiles is an achievable weekend project for most DIY’ers.
The key to laying your floor tiles like a professional is to prepare your tools, prepare your space and follow instructions.
Save money and learn a few new skills in the process with our DIY guide to laying your new ceramic tiles from Myaree Ceramics.
There is a motivational saying along the lines of “if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” which is a great place to start your DIY tiling journey.
Like many projects and plans, developing a solid foundation and getting the basics correct in the beginning will make your tiling project significantly easier, saving you time and money.
If you have already measured up your space and been into Myaree Ceramics to discuss your tile needs, you are already well on your way to the perfect floor tiles.
Get the Right Tools & Materials
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on tools to get the job done, but you do need some basic materials and tools to get your tiles in place.
- Your Myaree Ceramic Tiles
- Tile Adhesive
- Silicone Caulk
- Silicone Grout Sealer
- Cleaning Cloths
- Spirit Level
- Carpenter’s Square
- Rubber Grout Float
- Tape Measure
- Rubber Mallet
- Notched Trowel or Spreader
- Tile Saw or Tile Cutter
- Knee Pads (you will thank us for this recommendation)
Prepare the Subfloor
The first real step is to remove any existing flooring, such as carpet, tiles or linoleum, giving you a clean slate to lay your floor tiles.
Your flooring should also be clean, dry and level; use your spirit level to make sure the floor is level and then mark out your reference lines.
Measure your walls and divide each length by two to find the centre point. From the centre point of one wall, have a helper hold the chalk line while you take the end of the line to the centre mark on the opposite side of the room. From here, pull the line tight, lifting it straight up above the floor, before letting it snap down to create your crisp reference line. Do this for the other walls as well; making sure the angle you form is 90 degrees.
Organise Your Tiles
Before you purchase and lay your floor tiles, you should have an idea of how you want the flooring to look.
Whether you have opted for plain-coloured tiles, like the Cementa Grey Matt, or you’re going a little more adventurous with geometric tiles like the Area15 Triangle Grey, you should lay out your tiles along your reference lines before you install and grout them, so that you can avoid patterns from minor colour differences and ensure uniform patterns in your geometric tiles.
Installing the Tiles
Mix up your tile adhesive in a bucket with some water, mixing until it is the same consistency as toothpaste.
Ideally, you want to begin laying your floor tiles in the middle of the room, from the centre of the room, along a reference line to the wall. Using the thin side of the trowel, spread some mortar along the reference line, making sure the line is still visible. Then, use the notched side of the trowel at a 45-degree angle to ‘comb’ the mortar in one straight direction.
Grab your first tile and press it into the mortar, ensuring it meets up with your pre-marked 90-degree angle. Place your tile spacers at the edges of your first tile, before continuing to lay your floor tiles one-by-one in the same manner, adding spacers on each tile.
Aim to lay your tiles in a way that your last laid floor tiles are at the exit – this will discourage anyone from walking on the tiles after you have laid them.
Finishing Each Section
Once you finish each section, you need to ensure the tiles are level; use your rubber mallet and a spirit level to level the tiles.
Ensure you remove any excess mortar that creeps through with a damp cloth before you continue onto the next section. Work methodically, continuing to apply the mortar before laying the tiles.
As you go, keep an eye on the alignment of your tiles to ensure they are being laid straight.
Once you are done with laying the tiles, you need to let the mortar set; the setting time may very for different types of mortar, so check your manufacturer’s instructions.
Cutting the Tiles
Once you have laid out your main tiles, you may find some spots in your room require a smaller floor tile. Measure up the space and mark up one of your tiles with a pencil, before using a good quality tile saw or tile cutter to accurately and crisply cut the tile to the required size.
As with the rest of the tiles, apply a thin coat of mortar before laying the tile in place.
In order to get that crisp, perfect look to your freshly laid tiles, you need to apply some grout to the space between your tiles. To get the right consistency with your grout, make sure you mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Once the mortar is set under the tiles, remove the spacers from between each tile and apply the grout into the joints of your tiles using a rubber grout float. Remove the excess grout as you go, before allowing the grout to dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
After the grout is dry, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the grout lines, working in a circular motion to set the grout just below the surface of your tiles.
Let Your Handywork Set
It is important to let your newly installed grout set, so avoid having heavy foot traffic on your new tiles for at least 72 hours.
Your grout can be properly sealed, using a silicone grout sealer, after about three weeks. This sealer is the last major step to installing your Myaree Ceramics tiles.
Need Professional Advice? Contact Myaree Ceramics
As Perth’s tile specialist, you can trust Myaree Ceramics for all your floor tile needs, with an extensive range of floor tiles to suit your décor and over 30 years of experience of providing professional advice to each and every customer who contacts our team or walks into our showroom.
Get in touch with Myaree Ceramics to find out how you could install new floor tiles to transform your home today.