By Gauthier Beaufils. Ceramic Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 12:13:18 PM.
The first step in the removal of ceramic tile is to take out the trim covering the edges of the tiles. Next, scrape out the grout found on the perimeter of the tiles. Caulking on the vertical corners should also be properly scraped out. For removing these elements, equipments such as sharp utility knife, razor blade, and grout saw with wooden or plastic handle can be used. Once the tiles are free of grout and caulk, tapping can be done on the tiles to check whether any of the tiles is loose.
The composition of vitrified tiles is homogenous in nature. Ceramic tiles only have a decorative glaze on top of its clay layer. To achieve a glossy look, vitrified tiles are manually polished. Ceramic tiles however bases its beauty to the durability of the glaze applied over it. However, most glazes are not that durable and scratch resistant and over time, it yellows, it cracks and it chips. Both vitrified and ceramic tiles are difficult to stain because of its non – porous properties. However, the grout that places them intact is the one who is more likely to be stained.
Bathroom – Bathrooms are the most expected place, where people use tiles. Ceramic tiles are best for watery areas, as bathrooms, where water is overly used and spilled. It can be installed for the flooring and walls, both. It is the floor and walls near the bathing area that face hundreds or thousands of water droplets every day. Ceramic tiles show a great water resistant characteristic, and obviate the chances of water leakage due to excess use of water. They provide a shield to walls and floors of bathrooms against water and moisture. Kitchens – Kitchens are the second room in houses, where water is largely used. Considering the qualities of ceramic tiles, a lot of people use them for the flooring of their kitchen. Ceramic backsplashes, above sinks, are also quite popular these days.
After having applied the adhesives, carefully place the tiles one by one on the surface. Equipments such as tile spacers can be used to give adequate space between the tiles. Sometimes, for fixing tiles on the edges cutting may be required. A masonry drill can be used for the cutting purposes. For making curved cuts, micro cutter or wet saw can be used. Before allowing the tiles to settle, they should be leveled using a hammer. When tiles are settled, fill in the gap between the tiles with grout. Seal all grout joint to avoid grout porosity. The final step in ceramic tile installation process is caulking. This is primarily done to prevent water from seeping into bathtub edges or corners of the wall.
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