This should be the easiest step of all if you’ve spent your time on planning. The key is to know what you have to do off the top of your head so that you can install without needing to check your instructions. The adhesive and grout dry moderately fast so you’ll want to execute without delay.
Make sure to check the instructions on the items you’ve purchased (there’s a list of required items on yesterday’s post about planning) and read the instructions on each as different tiles/ grout may have different requirements.
Day 1 – Apply Tiles
- Clear your counter entirely (you’ll be able to use it again in a few hours; just clear it to work on it).
- Wash your wall.
- I know that the proper procedure is to start from the center of your project. I was running a narrow space and knew that my tiles were exactly 6 feet wide – as was the width of my counter. I started from one side and was satisfied with the results – it starts and ends exactly where I wanted it to.
- Using the small trowel, put adhesive on the large trowel. The small trowel simply allows you to easily reach the adhesive that’s in the container.
- Apply the adhesive using the jagged side of the trowel (around a 45 degree angle). Assuming you picked the right trowel for the depth of your tile (I asked for help), this will lay enough adhesive for your tile. Work about a square foot at a time (I used the empty box of a tile for a quick check) and make sure that there is adhesive under each piece of the tile.
- Push your tile (in my case it was a 1-foot by 1-foot sheet of tiles) into the adhesive and hold for a few moments.
- depending on your size of tiles, this is where you use spacers (they look like ‘plus signs’; point one end towards the wall which will leave the other pointing out so that you can easily remove it). My entire project included 12 sheets of tiles and was easy to set by hand. I made a few small mistake of which I was able to correct all but one; however I’m the only one who notices that one.
- Continue until done.
Day 2 – Apply Grout
- Grout is almost like sand. Start by using your small trowel to apply it to your grout trowel (it’s like a thick sponge; it spreads grout without scraping your tile).
- Spread grout on your tiles with the trowel. Make sure that all of the spaces between the tiles are filled. You may need to delicately use the small trowel to help. Work 1-2 square feet at a time.
- Push the grout further in and clean the tiles using a large, damp sponge. It will look like a mess at first but it will quickly clean up and look good. Get all the grout you can off the tiles as it’s far easier now than after drying.
Day 3 – Seal the Grout
- Clean the tiles again with the sponge; after this step it will become really difficult to clean the tiles of any leftover grout.
- Use the sponge brush to seal the grout – this will allow you to clean the tiles without washing grout away in the future.
That’s it – we hope this helps!