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GGCL Guide: How to fix uneven porcelain floor tiles

Not only are the unevenly laid tiles a sour sight to the eyes, they also pose as a trip hazard. The primary reason of the porcelain floor tiles to be uneven is due to uneven layer of mortar or thinset used to hold the tiles. To make the uneven tiles even, you need to remove the tiles, repair their base and reset the tiles. You would also be required to regrout the tiles. Try to use the grout which matches the existing grout to make the repair work as less obvious as possible.

 

You should start of by taping the adjacent tiles which you aren’t going to remove. The taping helps to prevent damaging these adjacent tiles. Place the chisel tip along the grout line and tap the chisel with hammer to remove the existing grout around the uneven tiles. Once the grout is cleared, insert the tip of chisel under the uneven tile to pry up the tiles. It is necessary to insert the chisel from the corner to avoid breaking the tiles. Use the scraper to scrape off the mortar from under the tiles that you have removed. Use dry vacuum to sweep away all the debris.

 

Make another mixture of thinset or mortar and use a trowel to spread it in an even layer under the removed porcelain floor tiles. If you are unable to reach some parts of the opening with a trowel, spread the mortar on the back of the tiles that would be covering the said opening. Place the tiles into position and use any leveling tool to ensure that all the tiles are in level. If required, pull out the tiles and add or remove the mortar as per the need. Finish the process by filling the grout joints.

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GGCL Guide: How to fix porcelain floor tiles

The floor tiles are the ones which suffer the most abuses and walk over. It is imperative that the floor tiles are composed of sturdy tough strong material which is low maintenance and easy to clean. The hard durable porcelain tiles are therefore the ideal choice for flooring. Although, no matter how durable, with the passing of time, even the strongest of tiles get damaged a bit. In some cases, you can fix a chip in a tile using a porcelain repair kit. Cracked tiles should be replaced to prevent tripping or prevent water from undermining a mortar bed.

 

To begin the fixing of porcelain floor tiles, start of by applying masking tape on the outer edges of the broken tile such that the strips of masking tape align with grout joints instead of covering them. Put on your safety glasses and gloves and then break the tile into pieces using the chisel or hammer. Start from center of the tile and move towards the edges. Scrape of the grout from under the tile you just broke and removed. Also pull off the strips of masking tape applied on the edges of the tiles.

 

Take the premixed thin-set or mortar and using the putty knife, apply a uniform 1/4-inch-thick layer of thin-set or mortar on the back of the new tile. Place the tile into the place and align the spaces at the outer edges uniformly at the edges of the surrounding tiles. Press down on the edges of the new tile. Remove any thin-set or mortar that oozed up at the spaced between the tiles, using the damp sponge. Fill the spaces between the new tile and surrounding tiles with grout, using the putty knife. Remove any dried grout at the tiles with the damp sponge. Dry the tiles with a clean rag.

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GGCL Guide: How to fix loose ceramic in shower wall tiles

A loose tile in shower is quite easy to fix. The process involves removing the tile, cleaning the space and re-installing the tiles. However a loose ceramic wall tile in the shower shouldn’t be taken lightly because, a loose tile will allow moisture to get into the substrate material. This could potentially cause the rest of your tiles to loosen, and you might be faced with replacing the entire floor, which isn't such an easy fix. You should be able to identify the loose tile easily by applying pressure on them. If the tiles move, then they are loose and need to be fixed.

 

Start by removing the loose ceramic tiles. You can try taking it out completely by hand. Apply pressure on any one edge to make the tile lean diagonally. Hold and pull the lifted end to remove the tile. If this is not possible, use the traditional ceramic tile removal procedure. Remove the grout using the grout saw. Use the hammer and chisel to remove the stuck mortar and then clean up the area by using a dry-wet vacuum to suck the debris. Make sure the surface is completely clean.

 

If the removed ceramic wall tile is undamaged, clean it up with water and soft bristle brush to remove any dirt stuck to the tile. If the tile is damaged, bring in a new tile similar to the one you just removed. Apply a thin layer of mortar on the exposed portion and firmly push the tile onto the mortar. Make sure the ceramic wall tile sits firmly in the mortar. Scoop out any excess mortar that seeps into the grout line around the tile. Using a putty knife, fill in the grout lines with premixed grout to seal the joints and edges around the tile. Use a clean dry piece of cloth to wipe the entire set up.

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GGCL Guide: How to cut porcelain floor tiles

The porcelain tiles have remained the most sought after choice when the flooring is being done. The hard, glazed nature of the porcelain tiles makes it a great decorative material with great durability and added aesthetic look. Working with porcelain is piece of cake from installing to cutting. Although if you are used to working with the ceramic tiles, the porcelain tiles might pose a bit of problem for you. Since porcelain is made from fired and glazed clay, there are different factors to take into consideration before cutting it. Regardless, the cutting of the porcelain tiles can be done using a variety of specialty tools to expedite the process. In fact, porcelain tile can even be cut by hand.

 

If you are amateur at working around the porcelain tiles, it is advisable that you begin with using the dremel tools. Ensure that your dremel tool has diamond tile drill bit. Once you have the right drill bit installed perfectly, mark the holes or lines that you need to cut on the porcelain floor tile. Expert advice that you should start of by holding the drill at a 45 degree angle and move along cutting till you get to 90 degree angle. Once you have reached the end of the marked section, pull out the drill bit gently and separate the cut pieces.

 

You can also use the tile nipper to form circular or arched sections of the porcelain floor tiles. Since the tile nippers work by using the hand pressure, you might have to use something like rub brick to smooth of the cut edges. Just like ceramic wall tiles, you can even use the wet saw to cut large pieces of porcelain floor tiles. The procedure to cut porcelain tiles using wet saw is similar to that of cutting ceramic wall tiles. 

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GGCL Guide: How to cut mosaic ceramic wall tiles

Mosaic ceramic wall tiles have become the latest trend home decoration. The versatility of the mosaic ceramic tiles has made them the most sought after choice when decorating or highlighting a single wall in your homes or offices. The contemporary mosaic tiles come in a small individual sheet with a flexible mesh backing. This flexible mesh backing can easily be cut by using any utility knife. In case if the layout is such that you require individual small tiles to be cut, you can using any standard ceramic wall tiles cutting method.

 

The clear distinct markings defining the cuts to be made are very important. You should start with marking the cuts on either the mesh background of the tiles or on the face of the tiles too. Marking on the face of the tiles is more advisable since while cutting we have to keep the tile face up and background down. The best way to mark the cuts and is to hold the tiles up against the wall where it is supposed to be installed and then make the markings. This should be done before the mortar or adhesive is applied on the wall.

 

The easiest and most preferred way of cutting the ceramic wall tiles is by using the wet saw. Place the mosaic ceramic tile on the wet saw bed aligning the cut markings with the saw blade. Push the tile ahead under the saw blade along the marking. Ensure that your hands stay clear of the blade all the time. Apart from using the wet saw, you can make cuts in the mosaic ceramic tiles by cutting the mesh backing and removing the pieces individually. This can be done with the help of  tile nippers or the wet saw.

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GGCL Guide: How to cut holes in ceramic wall tiles

Due to its long lasting life and durability, the ceramic wall tiles are the most commercially used construction material to cover up the walls and floors. Ceramic tiles cover up most of your walls at homes and offices. This makes it necessary to drill holes into them now and then whenever you want to hang something up. The brittle nature of the clay makes it a slightly difficult process to drill holes into the ceramic wall tiles. Since the ceramic wall tiles are extremely strong with a low tensile strength, the hole drilling process becomes a little complex.

 

As mentioned above, drilling through tiles isn’t as simple as drilling through wood or any other soft material. When drilling holes in the ceramic wall tiles, you would need special carbide tipped or diamond tipped drill bit. The carbide tipped drill bits are more economical and better suited when drilling on ceramic surface. Before you start drilling, it is important to mark out the drilling points. Hold the accessory which you want to attach to the wall and mark the drilling points. Cover these points with masking tape. If you are drilling over ceramic surface for the first time then using drill guides is advised.

 

Wear protective equipments like safety goggles, leather gloves and arm covering shirt before you start drilling. To prevent the drill from overheating and also to prevent unnecessary vibration which might crack up the ceramic wall tile, it is suggested that you start and work on a low speed while applying even pressure. Place the drill bit on the pre-marked location and gently drill in a shallow hole. Once you feel that you have gone through the ceramic wall tile, swap the drill bit to multi material drill bit so as you can drill through the background of wall, wood or bricks.

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GGCL Guide: How to cover up ceramic wall tiles

The ceramic wall tiles have a very long life span. If cleaned and maintained properly, the ceramic wall tiles can last for generations. But this long lasting durability of ceramic wall tiles has its own downside too. After a few years the installed ceramic wall tiles might go out of fashion or get chipped a little or even have some scratches and minor cracks. All in all these ceramic wall tiles might become an eyesore after few years of use. The process to remodel the ceramic wall tiles is tedious and even costly. The easier option would be to cover up the ceramic wall tiles. In this article we will go through a few different methods of covering up ceramic wall tiles to give it an artistic, different look.

 

The first idea that comes to our mind when anyone mentions covering up a wall is usually of painting it. The same applies on the ceramic wall tiles too. You can apply a layer of paint over the preinstalled ceramic wall tiles to give them a fresh new look. Although the process of painting the ceramic wall tiles is a little time consuming considering you to let the primer and paint sit for a few days, but the process in itself is easily and affordable. You can refer to our previous article regarding how to paint ceramic wall tiles for the step by step guide.

 

Another method of covering the cracked, chipped or scratched ceramic wall tiles is to use vinyl stickers. Vinyl stickers come in various sizes, shapes and colors. They are manufactured from a durable material, such as vinyl, that's resistant to damaging heat, water and ultraviolet rays. You can also get custom made vinyl stickers to match your room’s design. Another interesting method is to transform your grout line. Use the grout pen to change the color of existing grout to match your room’s color scheme and give your walls a contemporary look.

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GGCL Guide: How to clean white shiny porcelain floor tiles

The white shiny porcelain floor tiles have a durable, high-gloss surface created during manufacturing from a glass glaze that is baked onto the porcelain surface. Taking care of and cleaning these tiles isn't much different from cleaning any ceramic or porcelain tile. When the dirt accumulates on the glazed surface, the tiles loses its shiny also the glazed tiles are more prone to the scratches and the scratches can show up more easily on the glossy surface. Washing with the right tools and working to prevent scratches from normal wear and tear keeps the porcelain shiny and clean.

 

Sweeping or vacuuming the floor tiles or the porcelain countertops and walls thoroughly, especially in the corners is the first step of cleaning. Remove all the furniture or rugs from the porcelain tile floor so that you can sweep beneath them. Prepare a mixture of white vinegar and water solution using 1/4th cup of white vinegar mixed in 3-4 liters of water. Alternatively, you can also use a cleaner specifically made for washing glazed porcelain that doesn't contain soap or oil and is nonacidic. Wipe down porcelain tile walls or counters with mop or sponge soaked in the prepared solution.

 

Rinse the white shiny porcelain floor tiles with clear water and a clean dry piece of cloth to wipe them. Form a soft paste containing equal parts baking soda and borax with a little amount of water. Apply the paste gently into any stains or tough dirt. Borax and soda makes a mild abrasive that removes dirt buildup without scratching the tile glaze. Take another bucket of clean water and rinse the white shiny porcelain floor tiles, use a clean dry piece of microfiber cloth to wipe dry the water so as no water spots remain.

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GGCL Guide: How to clean sealed porcelain floor tiles

The porcelain floor tiles are a specific type of ceramic tiles which are baked particularly harder and are often paired with a glazed glass protective coating that makes them impervious to staining, water damage, and most scratching physical impact. The porcelain floor tiles are made of extremely durable material which doesn’t require much care or maintenance to keep it looking sleek and new through decades of use. Although, there are certain ways to ensure that extra care is given to all the aspects of the installation in order to achieve optimal effects.

 

The regular cleaning of the porcelain floor tiles conducted on daily basis is quite an easy task. You should vacuum, sweep or mop the floor tiles regularly. Based on the foot traffic the porcelain floor tiles face, this cleaning could be done on daily or weekly basis. You can also perform deep cleaning procedure at a fixed interval to remove the remove dirt that has worked its way into the microscopic pores of the tiles and to most importantly sanitize the floor. You can use a solution of warm water and mild dish washer soap to mop the floor and remove the stains.

 

For the deep cleaning of the porcelain floor tiles, you need to prepare a mixture of vinegar and water. Mix 1/4th cup of white vinegar in 8 litres of warm water. You can also use essential oils to add desired scent. Dampen a clean mop with the vinegar water solution and use it to wipe the porcelain floor tiles. Rinse the floor with plain water. If there are any stubborn stains still remaining, sprinkle some baking soda on them and mop again with the vinegar water solution. Flush the porcelain floor tiles thoroughly with plain water to remove any residue.

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GGCL Guide: How to clean porcelain floor tiles without streaks

When porcelain floor tiles had started becoming widely used, the owners started noticing that after cleaning, there were streaks visible on the floor tiles. At that time it looked like rocket science to clean the porcelain floor tiles without streaks. Fortunately we have moved ahead and cleaning the porcelain floor tiles without streaks is no longer some difficult long process. The mop, vacuum or brush that you use is the culprit behind those unsightly streaks that are left behind, but you know you need to clean the floor effectively, one way or another. Fortunately, there is a technique that can clean your porcelain tiles and avoid any shiny and watery streaks in the process.

 

You should always begin with sweeping off the large unstuck debris and dirt particles. If the floor is dry, you can even employ the service of wet dry vacuum to clean the porcelain floor tiles. It is very important to get rid of dirt and debris on the floor. Make a mixture of white vinegar and water and use the solution to mop the floor tiles next. Let the detergent mixture sit for a while, usually 10-15 minutes. Once the mixture has set, it is time for scrubbing now.

 

Use the soft bristle brush to scrub the black marks and stain on the grout lines. Use the regular sponge mop to scrub of the regular dirt. Once every inch of the floor in the particular area is covered, you will need to dry the floor to get rid of the dirty water. Wipe the tiles dry before you rinse them. Fill a bucket with clean water and using a clean mop or sponge, wipe the tiles to remove any detergent or dirt that may have remained. Once you have finished rinsing, again use a clean dry microfiber cloth to wipe the floor tiles dry. By the time you complete wiping, your floors should look shiny and brand new, without any streaks from a vacuum, brush or mop, either.

 

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