How to Install Floor Tiles
Ceramic Tile Flooring Installation & Care
Ceramic floor tiles: For interior use only. Custom tiles for large picture murals are numbered on the back. We provide a ‘map’ to install floor tiles.
Be careful with tools to avoid excessive abrasion and scratching of the tile face with hard objects, such as other tiles or metal tools. Normal use of underlayment and leveling materials are required as with conventional tile, particularly where moisture or possible leakage could occur. Use conventional adhesives according to the manufacturer’s usual instructions. No special procedures are required to install floor tiles. See video for trowel and tile adhesive basics.
Grouting: Use silicone caulk or non‑abrasive (unsanded) tile grout. (Suggestions: LATICRETES 1600 Series Tri‑Poly Fortified Unsanded Grout by LATICRETE International, Inc., Bethany CT 06524‑3423 USA, (800) 243‑4788 ext. 235, www.LATICRETE.com.) Install your floor tiles, then grout after the period of time recommended by the adhesive manufacturer. Daltile recommends a grout thickness of 3/16-inch.
Use denatured alcohol, mineral spirits or non-ammoniated glass cleaner for clean up. Do not use extremely strong chemicals such as muriatic acid, acetone, gasoline, or lacquer thinner.
1. You should allow your newly installed tile and grout to dry for at least 72 hours after installation, before any type of maintenance occurs.
2. Cleaning your floor tiles with a damp mop once a week is the best thing you can do to maintain your ceramic floor. Heavy traffic areas should be mopped more often than once a week.
3. A simple sweeping or vacuuming of your tile floor prior to mopping will remove any dust or debris. Some types of soils and sand can be very abrasive, although the custom printed image on the floor tiles is protected by a clear glaze.
4. Make sure that any cleanser you have chosen is compatible with grout cleaning, neutral pH, and will not stain the grout. The entire area should be cleaned with the cleansing solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush.
5. Routine cleansers should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout or the surface of the stone or tile. Aggressive detergents or soaps may dull the surface.
6. Always thoroughly rinse the flooring surface after cleaning, using clean, clear water to avoid any periodic residue build up or mold and mildew growth.
7. It is advisable to place protections on objects which can mark the tiles if dragged (metal table legs, chairs, etc.).
8. Always clean up spills as soon as possible. Materials left on your tile installation can be drawn or ground into your tile or grout, making cleanup more difficult.
Protecting Custom Printed Floor Tiles Use Protective Mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help protect your ceramic tile from premature wear. They trap the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations in high traffic areas.
Add Protective Pads to Furniture
Protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on it. Metal furniture may rust and cause staining. Heavy furniture, equipment, or fixtures should be lifted when moving to avoid scratching the floor.