Remodeling a bathroomcan be a daunting task, but bathroom remodelers will be happy to know that laying bathroom tile is much more basic than it appears. Ceramic tile is the most common type of flooring used in a bathroom. There are hundreds of patterns and colors to choose from, but the directions for laying a ceramic floor are universal. The process is the same regardless of the size of the tiles, however, larger tiles are usually easier to lay and less expensive than the smaller tiles.
The first step for bathroom remodelers is to remove the old tile, down to the wood and remove all of the debris. Measure the floor, wall to wall including areas that do not get tile, this will give you extra tiles in case there are any accidents. Choose the tile, figure out the square footage you need, for example a 6 x 10 room requires 60 square feet of tile and you will also need 60 square feet of concrete board. Cover the floor with the concrete board, use a thin layer of mortar and decking screws to secure it to the floor. Find the center of the bathroom floor and mark it, this is where you will begin laying the tile. If the room is not square, the tiles can be laid diagonally to make the room appear square.
Wear protective eyewear and gloves. Using a grooved mortar tool, put a layer of mortar on the area of the floor where the first tile will go and, working from the center out, continue to put a layer of mortar and a tile until the floor is done. Put spacers between the tiles and do not remove until the floor is completely dry. Do not walk on the floor for at least 24 hours. After the tile has set, grout the tile and let it cure for at least 24 hours.
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