In a kitchen, countertop occupies the supreme position. It is on this surface that food is cooked. Thus, it is very necessary that it is laid down properly. When talking about kitchen countertop materials, tile comes across as one of the most preferred ones. Apart from looking attractive, tiles are also much easier to clean as well as maintain. On top of that, the variety offered in the color, material, shape and pattern of tiles is almost endless. Putting tiles on kitchen counter is easy, though time consuming, and can be accomplished on your own. So, what are you waiting for! Go ahead and get a tile countertop for your kitchen.
How To Put Tiles On Kitchen Countertop
- First of all, you will have to lay out the design you want for your kitchen countertop and get enough tiles for the same.
- In case of elaborate designs, it is advisable to work from the center outward. For basic designs, you will need to move from the edges and corners.
- Now is the time to butter the first piece of tile as well as the countertop area where it has to be placed.
- Use the notched edge of the trowel to create ridges to allow the adhesive to grab and hold.
- Next, push down and twist each tile. This will ensure that the tile gets fully embedded and securely seated.
- Now, follow it with another tile. Continue to prepare the countertop design one tile at a time.
- In case the need arises for cutting or trimming a tile, make sure to measure carefully and use a wet saw for cuts.
- Tile nips can be used for small adjustments only. After they are complete, remember to allow the surface to dry.
- With the help of a rubber float, spread the grout on tiles, filling all the empty spaces.
- Do not be conscious while using grout, use generously. At the same time, push firmly and at an angle to fill each empty space.
- Now is the time to wipe off the excess grout, with the help of a damp sponge.
- Leave the countertop for some time, to allow the grout to dry.
- Seal the grout with a sealer, wiping n an even coat with a clean sponge. In most of the cases, one application of sealer is sufficient.
- After the sealer dries, wash off the excess from the tile, using a mild detergent.
- Always buy some extra tiles, to fill in the gap if any tiles break during installation or afterwards.
- In case you are planning to have an elaborate design, it is better to make a template first, so that there are no mistakes afterwards.
- In case you need to follow the design template thoroughly, lay the adhesive tile by tile. Otherwise, apply it in small sections.