Installing Ceramica Self-Stick Vinyl Tile
Ceramica's resilient self-stick tiles are easy to install with or without grout. The tile's unique rounded edges allow the option of groutable seams for a clean, finished appearance. Installed without grout, the rounded edges provide a rich, warm and casual appearance. Installation is simple: make sure your subfloor is clean, level and dry. If necessary, repair and patch any damaged areas and apply a suitable primer over entire subfloor. Peel the release-paper backing off the tile. Start placing tiles at the centre of the room, and press the tile into position making sure each tile is tight against the next tile (if not using grout). If using grout, use tile spacers to provide an even gap for the grout. Press tiles against sub-floor for good contact. The tile is very easy to cut, score and snap. You'll achieve a realistic ceramic effect with or without grout. It's your option.
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Preparing The Sub-floor
Prior to installing Ceramica, it is extremely important to acclimate the tiles at room temperature for 48 hours, between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not need to remove the tiles from the box. Before installation, your subfloor must be clean, level and dry. Check that it is free of dirt, wax, grease, paint and other foreign matter. If necessary, apply a suitable primer over entire subfloor. If you are laying Ceramica over existing ceramic tile, or a floor with an embossing or grout line, you should skim coat the grout lines with a floor leveller. If you have an old vinyl floor, patch any loose or damaged tiles prior to installing Ceramica over the old floor. Make sure that all loose or damaged areas are patched or replaced. The best sub-floor is a smooth underlayment grade of plywood. Refer to installation instructions included in the carton for further information.
Preparing the Room
Treat the room as a rectangle, disregarding offsets, alcoves, etc. Find the centre points of the two end walls and snap a chalk line between them. Find the centre of the chalk line and, using a straight edge, draw a second chalk line at right angles to the first, extending it to the side walls. The room is not divided into four equal parts. Starting at the centre of the room where the two chalk lines intersect, lay a row of tile to one end wall and a second row to one side wall (do not peel and stick yet). Measure the distance from the last tile to the wall. If it is less than 6", move the centre line so that it is 6" nearer to the wall so that the other end will be wider than half a tile and easier to cut and fit the opposite wall.
When you are ready to lay the tile, just peel the release paper backing from the tile and it is ready to place into position. No need for adhesives or messy glues!
Stick (without grout)
Starting at the centre point, place the tile in position making sure it is flush with the chalk line and that each tile is tight against the next tile. Press tiles against sub-floor for good contact. For best contact, roll the edges of the tiles with a floor roller.
Stick (with grout)
Starting at the centre point, place the tile in position making sure it is flush with the chalk line. If using grout, place tiles in position leaving an even space for grout. Place the second tile alongside the first, spacing it with a couple of 1/8" spacers. Lay spacers flat in the corners where tiles meet. Press tiles against the sub-floor for good contact. Remember to remove the spacers before you grout. Dispense grout onto the tile. Using the grout float, press the grout into the grout joints. Next, place the grout float on edge at a 45°angle and rake the float diagonally across the tile surface while exerting a downward pressure. This will force the grout evenly into the grout joints. Use a damp sponge to smooth grout joints and remove all excess grout from the tile surface. Excess grout should be removed as soon as possible. Note: the longer the grout sits on the tile, the harder it will be to remove. TrafficMaster Stain-proof Grout is recommended for this application. Please refer to the TrafficMaster Stain-proof Grout instructions found on the container.
Fitting the Border
Without removing the paper backing, place the tile to be cut directly over the last set tile. Set another tile, the "marker tile," on top of it, butting it against a tile set on edge at the wall. Trace along the marker tile to mark the cutting line on the tile below. Cut along marks, remove release paper and lay tile in place.
Fitting Around Irregular Objects
Fitting around irregular objects isn't an issue. Simply make a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or irregular objects. Place the pattern upon the tile and trace. Cut along trace lines using a utility knife. Then peel the release-paper backing off the tile and lay it in place.
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