How to Install Porcelain Tile - Porcelain Tile Outlet

  • Chalk
  • Wet diamond saw
  • Mortar
  • Notched trowel
  • Spacers
  • Rubber mallet
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge

1) Clear subflooring. It's ideal to install Porcelain tile directly on concrete. If installing on wood subflooring, the wood should to be sturdy enough to support the weight of the porcelain. Be sure to correct any unevenness in the subflooring.

2) Lay out the floor tile. Use a chalk line to line up the tile. If you see you are going to have a row of narrow tile along one side of the room, rearrange the tile to make two narrow rows on opposite sides of the room. Porcelain tile will cut easily and cleanly with a wet saw.

3) Lay the tile. Mix your mortar according to the manufacturers directions. Spread it on the subflooring with a notched trowel. Set the porcelain tile in place. Make sure you have a good bond with the mortar by gently tapping each tile with a rubber mallet. Use spacers to keep the tiles straight and the correct distance apart. Wipe up any mortar that gets on the tiles or oozes between the spaces. Work in small sections keeping in mind that the section near the door should be the last section you do. Let the mortar set according to the instructions.

4) Apply grout. Mix a small amount of grout according to the instructions. Use a grout float to work the grout into the spaces between the tile. Wipe up any excess with a clean, damp sponge. Once the grout has been applies wash the entire floor with a sponge dipped in clean water to remove the grout haze. Allow the grout to cure 48 to 72 hours or according to the manufacturer.

5) Seal. Apply grout sealer according to package directions. Wipe any excess from the porcelain tiles.

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