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Tips to Install Sandstone Tiles

Updated:2014-01-15 10:28:38
Sandstone, one of the strongest floor tile materials available, comes in a large variety of natural, earthen colors. It is useful in high-traffic areas because of the durability of its surface. Properly installed and consistently maintained, sandstone tiles will likely last the life of your home. The installment process is important to this durability, however, as sandstone is porous and thus easily stained if not handled correctly.

Instructions as follows:

                                                       

Firstly, clean the surface of the floor thoroughly prior to installing the sandstone tiles. Use a cleanser specifically formulated for the subfloor type, usually plywood or concrete. Follow the cleanser manufacturer's cleaning instructions to remove any dirt or debris on the floor.
Secondly, create a level surface for the installation by spreading a layer of self-leveling compound onto subfloor surface. Mix the compound according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the compound onto the subfloor, covering the surface of the floor completely. Roll the self-leveler in place using a low-nap roller, to spread it evenly. Allow it to dry overnight.
Thirdly, find the center point of the room by measuring each of the room's stone walls and placing a mark at the wall's center. Place the end of a chalk line on one of the marks and then extend the line across the floor to the mark at the opposite wall. Lift the line slightly and then snap it against the floor. Repeat the process with the other two walls. Where the lines meet is the exact center of the floor.
Fourthly, place a row of tiles along each line to determine an optimum position for installing the tiles. Set up the tiles so that there are as many full tiles used as possible, with partial tiles placed along the edges of the surface. Mark the tile positions as a guide to tile placement.
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