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In this guide, we show you how to lay tiles to produce a professional showroom-quality finish. 


For grinding a floor you’ll need a:

Safety equipment is a must, including goggles, dust mask and ear muffs. 

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Step By Step

Plan the tile layout
Mix the glue and start laying tile
Cut tiles to fit
Clean and check you’ve used enough grout
Plan the tile layout
You will probably need to lay a row of tiles which will be cut to fit. You should lay these in the most inconspicuous space.

Measure out the floor again, taking into account the width of the tile you want to use and a 5mm gap between the tile and at the wall. Mark the point on the floor at one end of the room, and then at the other.

Run the string line between the two points to mark the line.

Tip: When buying tiles allow 10% extra for breakages.

Mix the glue and start laying tile
Mix the glue in the mixing station, remembering not to mix too much in any one batch. Use the large trowel to apply glue to the floor then spread it evenly using the notched trowel. Make sure there are clear notch lines in the glue to help the tile stick.

Apply the tile and make sure it aligns with the previous tile. Tile spacers will help you keep the spacing between each tile even. With each new line, re-measure using the string line make sure you keep the tiles on course.

Apply all the tiles, making sure you keep the lines straight. Make sure you angle the trowel to get the full depth of the notch.
Cut tiles to fit
Use the tile saw to create the correct width of tile as you come to the end of the space. The tile saw will give you a nice smooth cut compared to a tile cutter.

Mark out the tile to the size you need. Drop the saw down onto the sliding tray with the tile, then push the tile towards the blade. Water lubricates the cut to keep the dust down.

Lay your cut tiles and allow the glue to set for 24 hours.
Grouting fills in the gaps between the tiles. Take the advice of the tile supplier and mix the grout accordingly. Make sure you have a bucket of clean water to wash down the tiles. Keep the grout mixed to stop it separating, then pour it onto the tiles.

Use the squeegee to direct the grout into the gaps between the tiles. Add more grout if the gaps do not fill up the first time. Scoop excess grout back into the bucket.

Tip: Tap the grout with the edge of the squeegee to force it down into the gaps.

Clean and check you’ve used enough grout
When you have filled all the gaps, wipe off the excess grout with the sponge. Rinse out the sponge in clean water and wring out excess between each pass. Do a final check to make sure that the grout still reaches to the top of each tile gap, and add more if needed.

Leave the floor for 24 hours before you do one final clean. Your newly levelled and tiled floor is now ready for use!
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