There are a lot of people out there that have not ever installed ceramic tiled floor. Ceramic tile is fairly easy to install if you have the right procedures. The first thing that you need to do when you’re installing tile is to make sure that all of your tiles are evenly placed. You can use spacers between the tiles to make sure that they are the exact same width.
Make sure that you are putting your tiles down on a flat surface. It may be necessary for you to replace floor boards, or level out the cement before installing your new tile. The next thing you need to do when you are learning how to grout ceramic tile, is to make sure that you have the proper mix. When you mix un-sanded grout, you need to have the consistency of thick cake batter.
When you use sanded grout, you want the consistency to be like that of wet sand that can be shaped or molded. another important difference is that un-sanded grout will dry in about 24 hours. Grout that has been sanded, can take four or five days to dry out completely. If you are using unsanded grout and you spill it, make sure to clean it up right away.
The difference between sanded vs unsanded grout, is that you want to choose sanded grout for thick grout joints and on sanded grout for very thin grout joints. The benefit of the sand is that it does not contract as the water in the grout starts to evaporate. The sand helps to hold the grout in place so that it can protect the tiles.
After you get your grouting compound mixed properly, your next step is to install it or to use a float to push it into all of the tile cracks. Make sure to wipe off the excess residue in a downward diagonal motion as you are grouting the floor. Figures break every 20 or 30 minutes so that you can clean off the tile surfaces with a wet sponge. Be careful not to remove any of the grouting mixture from the tile joints. Also be careful not to leave any water in the joints because this will only weaken them and cause them to fall apart later on.