Tile Installation and Maintenance
Tiles are very popular for bathrooms, kitchens and any other surface likely to encounter frequent spills or stains.
Tile not only looks elegant but is useful as well. Accent rugs on a tile floor can add just the right touch, and the right combination of colors can match practically all furniture choices.
Tile installation is not difficult. Since tile is modular, most of the floor can be laid up as soon as the pattern has been decided and the underlayment or backer board has been laid and nailed or screwed in place. Careful measurement of the spaces which will require cutting to fit is the most difficult part of the entire job.Make sure the installer double checks the layout by placing all whole and cut tiles in place using tile spacers. After this is done, the installer will proceed to apply a thin coat of tile cement or thin set mortar. A few tiles at a time, the entire floor will be laid using spacers, and the cement should be let to dry for 24 hours. Then, spacers are removed and areas between tiles will be filled with grout. Excess grout will be wiped with a damp sponge, and let dry for an additional 24 hours. After this, the entire surface will be sprayed with a sealer, and the new floor is done.Tile Maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance of a tile floor are required just as is any floor. Sweeping should be done with a broom rather than a vacuum cleaner. Damp mopping with a grout cleaner will take care of all but the most stubborn stains and dirt. For them, a liberal dose of elbow grease and a sponge may be called for.
Take note of these tips that will make tile maintenance simpler:
Clean spills quickly just as with carpet so that stains do not have time to set.
Never use abrasive cleaners or brushes that can scratch or remove the grout sealers. Bleach can stain or discolor the grout. Instead, use only cleaners recommended for tiled surfaces.
A tile floor not only looks good but is a source of pride to the do-it-yourself homeowner.
Find a good guide, proceed slowly, and the result will be a shining new floor.