Add the timeless beauty of natural marble tile. Its own variety of colors and the swirling bright or dark veins of color give marble an elegant personality its own. Granite tile may be installed in medium traffic areas such as entryways, bathrooms and foyers. Installing marble tile on floors is a little more labor intensive than other forms of tiles: More care must be taken when walked on if they aren’t installed on a flat surface, since they can break apart.
Apply gloves, eye protection and face mask to protect yourself as you work. If you’re going to install marble tile on a floor that is tiled, then remove the tiles and then eliminate them. Tiles can be smashed apart with a hammer and eliminated and vinyl tile may be ripped up using a pry bar.
Check the levelness of the ground using a Bachelor’s degree. Marble tile stress will be caused by any variance in height and they can crack upon use or installation. The flooring shouldn’t have. Sand down any locations which have or increases over the ground surface or fill in the depression with thin-set cement. Apply the cement using a putty knife or cement float. Wait night to the chemical to dry and harden.
Inspect all the marble tiles. Look for cracks or gaps in the polished surface of the marble by running a finger nail across the surface. Do not use them , as they will crack, if you find any tile gaps or cracks in the surface. Frequently, tile shops or home improvement shops allow you to swap the broken or cracked marble tiles to get new ones.
Assess width and the length of the ground. Figure out the tile on the floor’s layout based on its measurements and try to match the tiles the edge tile is bigger or 2 inches wide along with that most are full-sized. Draw out your tile layout, such as rows or a 45 degree angle, on a bit of paper using a pencil. Write down the measurements of the tile measurements on the pattern that will assist you visualize how you’re going to set up the marble tile.
Measure the walls and mark a pencil on the middle of each wall. Have a helper at the same time you walk on it to the middle of the other wall. Lower snap it to make a chalk line and the line to the ground. Do the same with all the other walls of this room to create a grid. Beginning with the middle of the ground at which the chalk lines intersect, move the tile layout design and make the lines as straight as you can.
Set a row of tiles along the room’s middle and use a straight edge. Assess the space at the end of the row of tiles, from the tile border to the wall to find the diameter of the end tiles. If the distance is smaller than 2 inches, move over the middle tile until the gap between the end tile and the wall on both ends of this row is 2 inches or bigger, and over the row of tile. Measure this distance and then transfer the measurements. Cut end tiles to size using a tile wet saw. Cut 3/4 of the way and finish the remainder cut.
Distribute the marble that was thin-set that was fast-setting onto the middle of the ground between the tile layout chalk lines using a notched trowel. Utilize the side of the trowel to grooves so that it evenly spreads on the back of the tile. Install the marble tile inside 10 minutes of setting the fast-setting thin-set mortar.
Lay the tiles into position on the mortar. Place at this marble tile’s corners to ensure proper placement. Examine the position of every tile using a level to make certain that the surface of these tiles is even and the edges do not”lip” or grow up over the remaining tiles. Continue laying down the marble tile in the desired pattern and applying the mortar in small segments in the snap chalk layout lines together with all the notched trowel, working from the middle of the area outside to the walls. Allow the marble tiles sit overnight to permit the thin-set to cure and harden.
Mix the white non-staining Portland cement according to the packing instructions. Moisten a large nozzle and then run it along the marble tile joints to wet them. Apply the cement to the marble tile joints. Run a squeegee to evenly spread the Portland cement out. Let it sit 10 minutes. Sprinkle dry cement mix over the region and rub it in the joints between the marble tile using a sheet of burlap.
Run a finger round the joints to smooth the cement. Clean off the masonry surface with a sponge and water to remove the extra cement.