Retiling a Floor: How To Guide

While most tiles of good quality can last for many years there comes a time when you will need to renovate and retile your floors. Our little how to guide will help you plan your floor retiling project and make your do-it-yourself retiling project just a little bit easier to manage.

For beginners retiling a floor can seem like a tricky task, you will need to figure out how to manage the job and handle tasks such as sizing and cutting tiles to fit snug against walls, corners and other structures that may be in the area.

Finding the right new tiles for your floor

Certain tiles are made for certain types of floors in different rooms in your space. You will want to make sure that the tile you select are suitable. For instance you will want water resistant and slip resistant tiles for bathrooms and kitchen areas. You also want to make sure the tile you select is appropriate for high traffic areas.

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Tile Replacement

Step 1:

Remove the old tiles. You will need a scraper to get under tiles and pull them up from the floor. If your tiles are bonded by mortar you will need to break up a few tiles to get under the and break up the mortar. You can do this by simply hammering the tiles and breaking it apart as well as the mortar. You can then start scraping, repeating the process until all tiles have been removed. (make sure to wear protective glasses and gloves to avoid injury)

Step 2:

Next you will need to clear the area and clean the floor, removing dust and particles so that you are working in as clean an environment as possible.

Step 3:

Locate the center of the room by measuring the distance from the walls. Mark the center of the room with some chalk or other material such as tape or marker (if appropriate).

Step 4:

Lay out the tiles without any grout. Use a spacer between the tiles so that you get accurate spacing between tiles and properly measure out the tile placement on the floor.

Step 5:

Draw out chalk lines in the grout area to ensure proper replacement of tiles when you go back and begin adding grout to secure tiles in place.

Step 6:

Mix your thin set mortar - pour a bag of dry mix into a bucket and add just enough water to wet the mix. Mix the solution until it is creamy then let it stand for about 10 minutes.

Applying the mortar - begin by spreading the mortar over about 2 feet of space (so that you can tile the area without the solution drying up, do a little at a time) - even out the solution with a trowel and put the tile in place. Continuing placing tiles and spacers to ensure there is enough room for the grout application.

Step 7:

Make sure to measure any tiles that need to be cut to fit into place (near walls or structures). Use a professional tile cutter to precisely cut the tiles.

Step 8: 

Apply the grout on top of the tiles and use a trowel to smooth the grout into place making sure to get grout into the spaces between tiles.

Step 9:

Once in place remove excess grout with a damp cloth or sponge. Be careful not to remove grout from in between the tiles.

Now you should have an evenly tiled floor. Clear the area and let the tile sit for a few hours, make sure that traffic is diverted from the area and that nothing is dragged along the floor to avoid having tiles moved out of place.

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