Removing ceramic tile
There are multiple reasons you may wish to replace ceramic tile. You may have cracked, damaged or loose pieces, or you may just be tired of your tile and want a whole new look for the room.
Taking on the task of removing ceramic tile in your bathroom requires several steps to prepare. The first step is getting anything out of the way that's in the way; namely, your toilet. This removal process may require some advice or help from a handyman or plumber. You will also need to disconnect the water so you are working safely in your bathroom. If you have a pedestal sink that is freestanding, you will want to remove that too.
Essentially, you will put on some protective gear, like goggles, a mask, long sleeves, and gloves. Then, take a hammer, a hand maul, and a chisel to the tile. The ceramic flooring will break into pieces and you should take out the pieces carefully so that you don't get cut.
If there is wood under your ceramic floor, use a saw to help pull the wood up. If there is cement, just remove the tile itself. Once you have removed all of the ceramic pieces carefully, you are left with a pretty messy surface. Remove what you can of old adhesive with a chisel and leave what you simply can't get up.
You will then have to fill in the floor with thin-set mortar, which you will use to lay the new tile. This thin-set mortar will also help even out the surface a bit in preparation for your new flooring.
Laying ceramic tile
Since you annihilated the substrate under your old floor, you will need to lay a new one. You can use anything from cement to mortar to a water resistant substrate, but you will need to lay that first. Avoid using wood, as this can rot over time from its proximity to water.
Figure out how you want your ceramic tiles to look. You may want to arrange the pieces on the floor to get a feel for the design. Once you set the tiles, it's nearly impossible to change their location. Put on safety equipment before laying your ceramic tiles.
Use a thin-set mortar to place the pieces where you desire and start from the corner edges of the bathroom. Apply the thin-set mortar with a trowel and press ceramic tiles into place. Lay only a couple of tiles at a time to ensure they look correct and avoid putting too much mortar underneath. Use a rubber mallet to tap tiles into place so they dry properly where they should. This process will help set the ceramic pieces and level them correctly.
Clean ceramic tiles free of mortar as you go using a sponge. Once the mortar dries, you may not be able to remove it. Use spacers to help ensure the tiles lay properly in place and have the right alignment. Try to avoid tiling in a way that you must walk over newly laid pieces; this could damage them.
Remove spacers once you are done and grout the ceramic tile using a grout float and clean sponges. After 24 hours, you can seal the grout to prevent damage. Your floor should be completely cured within a few days.
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