Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 08:37:33 AM. Ceramic Tile. By Allaire Schmidt.
Though installation of ceramic tile is not a complicated task, it does involve some detailed steps such as preparing tile surface, laying out the wall, applying adhesive or mortar, setting tile, and caulking. Ceramic tile can be installed on any surface such as drywall, plaster, cement block, and even in existing ceramic tile. The surface for the tiles should be flat, smooth, and free of dust and debris. Additionally, if there is any loose paint or crack on the surface, it should be scraped off and patched with some water-proof substance. Laying out the wall is perhaps the most important step in the installation process. It includes determining the level line, planning starting point, and checking whether any irregularity has been caused by fixtures like kitchen cabinets and tubs. The next step is to evenly apply ceramic wall adhesive on the surface using a notch trowel. Pro-mastic and pro-flex platinum are the most commonly used adhesives for ceramic tiles.
If a loose tile is located, then the rest of the tiles should come off easily. For removing the first tile, gently apply a thin putty knife under the edge of the tile. To facilitate the insertion of knife under the tile, a hammer can be used to tap the knife's handle. When the knife or blade is halfway beneath the tile, it should be exerted gradually. Likewise, remove all the ceramic tiles. If done carefully and properly, ceramic tiles can be salvaged to an extent. But, before using removed ceramic tiles again, their back should be cleaned with an adhesive remover.
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