How to Install Ceramic Tile __ Installing ceramic tile is easy with modern fast_setting mastics, sealants, and grout. Whatever style or size you choose to install, the principles are the same. Before you begin, you'll need a hammer, chalk line, level, saber saw with carbide blade (helpful but not necessary), rubber gloves, tile mastic, tile grout sealer, tiles, edging cap and two outside corner edge caps for ceramic tile, and a paint stirring stick or old toothbrush to use for forcing grout deeply into the tile joints. You can also rent or buy a grooved trowel, tile nippers, tile cutter, and rubber squeegee. Inspect the walls. They must be smooth and free of loose plaster, dust, or peeling paint. Read the mastic instructions; on new plaster or unfinished drywall, a primer may be necessary.
Dampen a sponge with water. Scrub the area to work the baking soda into the stains like a scouring powder. Rinse the baking soda and vinegar off the tile with clean water. If water spots remain, repeat the process. When the tile is clean, dry it with a towel to prevent minerals in the rinse water from leaving new spots.
by Janette M. Ware on Jul 31, 2018 Ceramic Tile