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Install Carrara marble wall tiles in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other place and you will see the beautiful effects of this natural stone.
Carrara marble is a type of white Carrara that is quarried from Mount Massa, near Carrara in Italy. It has been used for centuries to create some of the most luxurious bathrooms and kitchens ever seen. In order to get the best results when installing Carrara marble tiles, follow these five tips:
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Clean the Floor Thoroughly Before Installation
Clean the floor thoroughly before the installation of Carrara marble tiles. This will remove any existing sealant and crusty materials, such as plaster or paint. You may want to use a professional-grade degreaser like TSP (trisodium phosphate) mixed with water and a stiff brush for stubborn spots.
Wear rubber gloves, and be sure to ventilate your workspace well; if you’re using TSP, wear even more protection because this compound can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs if it’s ingested or comes in contact with them. Once your space is clean (and you’ve waited at least 24 hours), start prepping the floor by lightly sanding it.
Use a Level to Make Sure That the Tiles Are Straight and Aligned Correctly
When installing Carrara marble tiles, you must get them to be perfectly straight. If they are not, this can lead to serious safety problems in the future. It is very important to get the installation of these type of tiles right on your first try.
Over time, small errors made during installation may extend and develop into potentially dangerous slope changes that could jeopardize the safety of anyone using or occupying a facility with these tiles installed.
One level that has been said to work well for people looking into installing Carrara Marble Tiles is the Squale level offered by 3M Home Care Products Company which utilizes magnetic technology in order to make it easier on you while working on your project.
Lay Down a Thin Layer of Adhesive on the Floor, Then Lay Down Individual Tiles
The best material to use to lay down an adhesive is one that has a-synthic sealer. You can use either mortar or glue. You will need an even layer of grout, which creates the seal between the tiles, and suitable spacers for the spacing you desire.
It is advisable to try out these options before laying them on your floor. One should take care in doing this by not covering the entire surface with adhesive where they are expected to step onto it – i.e., bathroom floors or kitchen countertops.
Check what type of adhesive was used for propping each individual tile up against walls if you are unsure about what kind to buy for your project type, but ensure that you purchase something waterproof.
Allow 24 Hours for Adhesive to Dry Before Walking on It or Adding Furniture Back in Place
The adhesive takes 24 hours to dry. During this time, you can walk on the tile in certain areas with care. But when anyone walks on the tile, they are risking damage to the tiles and it is best if it can be avoided.
Also, don’t place furniture back until the adhesive has dried for at least 24 hours–this will prevent any potential accidents that can occur while walking on wet tiles or waxing your floors. If you’re installing Carrara marble tiles, then it’s recommended that you allow 48 hours before walking on them again so anything underneath is firmly fastened together securely.
Make Sure You Have Enough Tile – Measure Twice, Cut Once!
It’s best to make sure you measure before cutting. This goes for the marble floor tiles as well. Measure twice, cut once! Tile, in general, can be challenging when it comes to installation (and cutting) only because the material is heavy and dense.
The key is buying tile that has an appropriate thickness for your application – like 1/4″ thick which you should never sink into your flooring – always stay above the lay in points if possible in order to change direction or direction needs adjustments or corrections without making too many cuts along with having two people to handle them will really help!
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