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GGCL Guide: How to put ceramic tiles above the countertops on the wall

The wall above the countertops or what is called as the backsplash is most prone to dirt, grease, stains and fire hazard. Therefore it is quintessential that the backsplash or the wall above the countertop is covered by tiles. The fire resistant nature along with the ease of cleaning makes the ceramic wall tiles the most ideal material to be installed on the wall above the countertop or the backsplash. The backsplash space between a countertop and wall cabinets usually can be filled with two or three horizontal tile rows, depending on the size of your tiles.

 

The installation process should be started by deciding and drawing the layout about where and how you would be installing the ceramic wall tiles. Once the layout is finalized, it is advisable to measure and cut the ceramic wall tiles as per the requirement so that you won’t to stop, measure and cut the tiles every time you reach an edge. Once you have all the required ceramic wall tiles pieces as per the layout requirement, you can start installing them. Apply a layer of adhesive on the chosen wall. When the level of adhesives is even, place the first row and column of tiles on the wall. While placing each ceramic wall tile, press the tiles firmly and twist them slightly to embed them in the adhesive. Repeat the process till all the tiles have been embedded as per the prefixed layout.

 

To end the ceramic wall tile installation process, start applying grout between all the groves of the tiles you just installed. . Once finished, wipe the entire wall with grout sponge and water to remove the excess grout. Let the grout and adhesive dry up, give a nice cleaning with soft cloth to obtain the required finishing after installing the ceramic wall tiles on a wall.

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GGCL Guide: How to polish porcelain floor tiles

The ease of cleaning and the maintenance free nature of porcelain floor tiles along with its durability and toughness make them the ideal choice for flooring. The porcelain floor tiles are also fire resistant, asthma friendly, last for ages and children friendly. The shiny look of porcelain tiles wear down with time due to grout discoloration or leftover soap or residue from cleaning. Although it is possible to bring back the old shine to the tiles. The process of polishing the porcelain floor tiles is quite simple and can be completed using the daily household products.

 

Make a soapy solution using a bucket full of water and mixing in one tea spoon of mild dish soap. Stir the solution until the dish soap gets properly mixed with water and a slightly foamy solution is obtained. Dip in a soft bristle brush in the soapy solution. You can also use a toothbrush in case a soft bristle brush isn’t available. Start scrubbing the porcelain floor tiles in a gentle circular motion with mild, even pressure. Keeping on scrubbing till the residue is gone, use a wet cloth to wipe over the remaining solution from the tiles. If the stains are gone, then use a dry cloth to clean off the tiles.

 

For more stubborn stains, make a solution of 3 cups of vinegar added to 1 cup of water. Scrub the stains with the vinegar water solution with a soft bristle brush.  Make another mixture composing of half cup of hydrochloric acid mixed in 4 cups of water. Use this mixture to wipe off the remaining residue from the porcelain floor tiles. Use a clean dry cloth to clean the tiles off the hydrochloric acid mixture. Finish off by using a microfiber cloth to buff the tiles.

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GGCL Guide: How to paint ceramic wall tiles

The hardened clay of ceramic wall tiles which has been molded and hardened in the fire proves to be a great receptive surface for painting on. The long lasting life of the ceramic wall tiles usually makes the owner weary of the colour and design which was selected almost decades back. To overcome this, the owners can easily and quite efficiently apply a layer of paint over the old, dingy and outdated wall tiles to give them a fresh new look.

 

The shiny glazed surface of the ceramic or porcelain wall tiles makes it difficult for the paint to stay on. Thus, sanding and scuffing of this shiny surface is an important and preliminary step of painting the ceramic wall tiles. Once you are done sanding and scuffing off the tile surface, ensure that there are no grouts or uneven joints. Post that cleans off the sand dust and any dirt sticking to the surfaces which is to be painted.

 

The next step involves rinsing the tiles and applying a layer of primer. The primer being applied should be thinned slightly so as to obtain a smooth bump free coating on the surface. The primer needs to be applied in two stages. After completing one stage of applying the primer, cut around all the edges with a fine paint brush to cover all the nooks and crannies. The second coating of primer is ready to be applied now. This second coating should be allowed to dry off over night. On the next day, follow the same procedure but with the paint this time. Apply the paint in two stages with filling all the edges with a fine paint brush.

 

Although not all ceramic tile surfaces are good candidates for successful painting. Some additional things to keep in mind before painting ceramic tiles are, to preserve the painted finish on a tile countertop; you will always need to use a cutting board. Knife blades will easily score and scratch the paint layer on ceramic tile. Also never place hot pans on a painted ceramic tile counter. The heat can cause the painted finish to bubble and peel

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GGCL Guide: How to lay porcelain floor tiles

Porcelain floor tiles are usually the most preferred choice of builders, architects and interior designers for the flooring. The thickness and strength along with the durability, lustrous surface, resistance to moisture and ease of cleaning has made the porcelain floor tiles to be the ideal flooring material. While the beauty of porcelain floor tiles cannot be matched, the process of installing requires great amount of patience and pre planning.

 

Before directly going and randomly laying down the floor tiles, you need to first study the layout. Ideally, you should start with laying down the backer board (usually fiberglass or cement sheets) otherwise there is a risk of the floor tiles popping off. Then you need to evaluate the layout and measure the area to be tiled. The easiest and the most failsafe way to achieve this level of precision and perfection is to draw the layout lines on the floor where you want to install the porcelain tiles. This measurement and layout drawing should be made considering the size and pattern of the porcelain floor tiles you are planning to install.

 

Next comes the trimming of the porcelain floor tiles as per our requirements based on the layout. The water jet cutting tool is the most ideal tool to trim the tiles with precision. In case the water jet cutting tool isn’t available, you can use the diamond blade cutter too but keep a steady stream of water flowing on the tiles where the cuts are being made.

 

Once you have all the required porcelain floor tiles pieces as per the layout requirement, you can start installing them. For the installation, first apply a layer of adhesive on the floor. When the level of adhesives is even, start from the center and keep on laying the porcelain floor tiles one after another adjacently. To finish the laying down process, apply grout between all the groves and tile edges. Once finished, wipe the entire wall with grout sponge and water to remove the excess grout.

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GGCL Guide: How to install wall plugs into ceramic tiles

Most of the times, the ceramic wall tiles are the first to be installed even before the other decorative or necessary installments are made in your rooms, bathrooms and office spaces. This results in having to drill holes into the installed ceramic wall tiles for future installment of other accessories. In one of our previous articles we have seen how we can drill holes in the ceramic wall tiles to install screw and wall hangers. In this article we will learn how to install wall plugs into the ceramic wall tiles.
Since it isn’t possible to mount the wet saw on a vertical wall and use it to make a cut of installing wall plug and also it isn’t feasible to remove a certain specific ceramic wall tile from the already installed set up to cut the space and reinstall it, we will have to do with the drilling only. Now obviously the wall plug requires much larger cut out portion then what we did while installing screws and wall hangers. You should probably start off by marking the portion that want to cut and cover it with light colored masking tape.

 

The next part is same as drilling the holes in ceramic wall tiles. The only difference being here we would be drilling multiple holes. On the masking tape, start drilling holes adjacent to each other with a gap of 3-5 cm between them. This would ensure that the whole tile doesn’t break while making sure that it isn’t too strong for further cutting. Once you have drilled the holes covering the entire periphery of the masking tape, take the tile nipper and start cutting those gaps which you had placed between the holes. Once all the gaps have been cut your piece of cut tile will come out making the perfect place for installing wall plug. Before you start installing the wall plug, make sure you sand of the edges of the recently made cut.

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GGCL Guide: How to install porcelain tiles on floor on a countertop

The fire proof nature in addition to the toughness, durability, ease of cleaning, maintenance free life and moisture resistance makes the porcelain floor tiles an idea choice for kitchen countertops. In fact the porcelain tiles used on the countertop gives it a timeless look. Also using the porcelain tiles is more economically budget able option as compared to using stones or any other options. Although you might want to stay away from selecting the textured porcelain tiles for your kitchen countertops as they might accumulate dirty and are nit difficult to clean.

 

Initialize the porcelain tiles installation on kitchen countertops by marking out the layout. Place the tiles over the dry surface with plastic spacers between them for the grout lines. Once the layout has been decided and drawn out, create a flat, level, moisture-resistant surface to support the tiles, this substrate could be cement sheets. Apply the mortar evenly over the substrate to create a smooth surface for the tiles. As per the measurements made according to the pre decided layout, use the tile cutter or wet saw or tile nipper to cut the porcelain tiles as per the requirement.

 

Once the mortar has been spread evenly using the trowel, start by pressing the tiles over it. Press the tiles firmly into the mortar and wiggle it slightly as you press down. Continue filling in tiles on either side of the first tile. Make sure you start from the edge of the countertop to obtain an even design. After setting tiles in mortar wait at least overnight for the mortar to harden. Once the mortar has set, you can finish off the installation process by filling the grout in the joints. Remember to remove the excess grout using the scraper once all the joints have been filled.

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GGCL Guide: How to install porcelain tiles on concrete floor

It has been observed that concrete has proved to be the most stable working platform in the world. Concrete is also the most preferred choice of builders and architects to use as a foundation when laying down the porcelain floor tiles. The concrete foundation adds to the durability and strength of the porcelain floor tiles and ensures that the installation lasts forever. In fact it can be safely said that porcelain floor tiles installed on the concrete foundation can last much longer than the usually one to five year warranty that other floor finishes have.

 

To start off, apply a layer of primer and paint or any other water proofing, anti-fracture material on the concrete surface. You can use the fine tip paint brush to cover all the nooks and crannies, and roller to cover the majority of the area. Let this dry off for 24 hours. Dry fit the tiles on the floor for the measurement and layout purposes. Mark the tiles that either needs to be cut or trimmed. Use chalk lines to draw the crosshair at the center of the area to be tiled. This is where you would be starting from.

 

Mix the thinset and let it rest for 5-10 minutes according to the manufacturer’s instructions. With a paddle, apply the thinset on the grid marked crosshair. Carefully place the porcelain floor tile on the thinset and apply even pressure to ensure proper bonding. Repeat the process till all the tiles have been laid down. Next apply the grout between the edges and joints. Let the grout sit for 20 minutes and then use the grout scraper to wipe off the excess grout. Use a clean damp sponge to wipe off the installation. Let the grout and thinset mortar dry for 24 hours before beginning the regular use.

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GGCL Guide: How to install ceramic wall tiles

Ceramic wall tiles have been the most preferred choice of builders, architects and interior designers for a while now. The durability, lustrous surface, resistance to moisture and ease of cleaning has made the ceramic wall tiles to be the ideal wall decoration material. While the beauty of ceramic wall tiles cannot be matched, the process of installing requires great amount of patience and pre planning.

 

Before directly going and randomly sticking the wall tiles, you need to first study the layout. The grout lines should match perfectly; the tiles should be trimmed to the last centimeter, the designs should be symmetrical and match, etc. The easiest and the most failsafe way to achieve this level of precision and perfection is to draw the layout lines on the walls where you want to install the ceramic tiles. To avoid irregularities in the design, always start the measurement and drawing from the center of the wall. This way you will have symmetrically ending designs on all the adjacent walls, floor and ceiling.

 

Once the layout design is finalized and the layout lines are drawn, we proceed to trim the ceramic wall tiles as per our requirement. The water jet cutting tool is the most ideal tool to trim the tiles with precision. In case the water jet cutting tool isn’t available, you can use the diamond blade cutter too but keep a steady stream of water flowing on the tiles where the cuts are being made.

 

Once you have all the required ceramic wall tiles pieces as per the layout requirement, you can start installing them. For the installation, first apply a layer of adhesive on the chosen wall. When the level of adhesives is even, place the first row and column of tiles on the wall. While placing each ceramic wall tile, press the tiles firmly and twist them slightly to embed them in the adhesive. Repeat the process till all the tiles have been embedded as per the prefixed layout.

 

To end the ceramic wall tile installation process, start applying grout between all the groves of the tiles you just installed. Apply the grout evenly between all the joints. Once finished, wipe the entire wall with grout sponge and water to remove the excess grout. Let the grout and adhesive dry up, give a nice cleaning with soft cloth to obtain the required finishing after installing the ceramic wall tiles on a wall.

 

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GGCL Guide: How to install ceramic tiles on the wall as decoration

The ceramic wall tiles are stain resistant and waterproof, making them the ideal choice to be used to install on the walls of kitchen and bathrooms. Another reason why the ceramic wall tiles are so popular is because of their durability and affordability. The ceramic wall tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes. The ceramic wall tiles can also be used as decorative material to decorate the walls. We would be discussing a few ways in which the ceramic wall tiles can be used as wall decoration.

 

Mix & Match: The small field tiles made of ceramic are very affordable. You can yet save money by choosing multiple colors and arranging the tiles in a unique way. For example, you can arrange small 4x4 box shape of black tiles in a white background.

 

Zig & Zag: If you don’t want to compromise with your color scheme and remain committed to single color tiles arrangement you can use the zig-zag arrangement. You can arrange the rectangular tiles in a staggered pattern.

 

Stand Out: Decorative tiles are any tiles with a pattern, whether that means molding the clay, hand-painting the design, or affixing a decal to the tile before it's fired in the kiln. These decorative tiles break up a wall of plain field ceramic wall tiles. Using just a few decorative ceramic wall tiles draws attention to the pattern and creates a one-of-a-kind design.

 

Attention Craver: The alcove between the range hood and the range top is the perfect location for a mural. Surfaces in this area must be heat-resistant and grease-resistant and low-maintenance. This makes the ceramic wall tiles the perfect choice. This decorative mural is surrounded by 1 X 1-inch mosaic tiles. The mural breaks up the mosaic that runs through the kitchen.

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GGCL Guide: How to hang ceramic tiles on wall

The ceramic wall tiles have been termed as the most versatile form of home or office decoration. Apart from using the ceramic wall tiles to cover the floor and walls, the murals made by using various tiny little pieces of different ceramic tiles can be used as art work and hang up to give your homes and offices a contemporary distinct look. Clay, the founding material of ceramic wall tiles, presents a particular challenge to be hung as wall art because of its fragility and weight issues. Ceramic wall tile pieces can be hung by using numerous materials such as the wood, clay, Perspex, metal or glass.

 

Wood is the most ideal resource as it comes in many forms, colors, textures and hardnesses. In addition to that, wood can be glued onto, screwed into, nailed, drilled and painted. This makes using the wood based hanging apparatus to hang ceramic tiles the most preferred choice. Since the ceramic tiles cannot be directly hanged due to its weight and fragility issues, use the wood as your canvas. Stick the ceramic pieces on the wood to make desired murals. Make small recess behind the wood panel to hang it on the screws placed on the wall.

 

Using the wire or rope is the best and easiest option if the wall piece is to be hung like a canvas or picture frame. Ensure that the weight of the ceramic wall piece is evenly distributed and attach the wire or rope accordingly on the back side of the wall piece. Acrylic or Perspex is another ideal backing material. You can drill into the acrylic and attach the ceramic pieces to it. Each individual piece of ceramic wall tile is positioned on the surface of the Perspex. The Perspex is then attached to the wall by a wall bracket fixing.