To work around curved obstructions such as appliances and pipes when laying ceramic tiles, make a template of the desired curve and use a rotary or wet saw to cut it accurately. Wet saws can be rented from many home improvement stores or tool rental centers.
Take a piece of paper and cut it to the size of the ceramic tile you are using. Place the paper up to the area with the obstruction. Make sure to space it in conjunction with the tiles already laid for an accurate template. Trace a line on the paper along the curve of the obstruction, and cut the paper along the line.
Place the paper precisely over the back of a tile so that the rough side is flush against the paper. Draw a curved line on the tile using the template as the guide.
Use a rotary tool or wet saw to cut the tile. Because ceramic is a hard material, a wet saw is a good choice. If you choose to cut the tile with a rotary tool, use a diamond bit. Don safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying pieces. Hold the cut tile up to the area on the surface with the obstruction to make sure the tile fits.
Most ceramic tiles are created through a process called dry pressing or dust pressing. The tile is crafted, dried, pressed and, after being covered in a glaze, is baked in a kiln. The press and kiln help give the tile its tensile properties.Full Answer >
Reusing ceramic tiles is not recommended because they tend to crack or break during the removal process. However, reusing the tiles is possible if they remain intact. In order to reuse them, the substance used to adhere the tile to the floor or wall will also have to be removed.Full Answer >
Grout sealer stains can be cleaned off ceramic tiles by using cleaning agents such as water, vinegar or alkaline based cleaners. Expert tile installers use stronger cleaning agents such as acids that they dilute to remove grout sealer stains. This method, however, should be left to the experts as such cleaning agents are dangerous and may cause injury if not handled correctly.Full Answer >
Install ceramic floor tile by cutting and laying the cement board, snapping chalk lines, applying adhesive, laying the tiles, cutting tiles for the room's edges, and adding grout and sealant. You need ceramic tile, a wet saw, a cement board, adhesive, chalk lines, sealant, a grout float and grout.Full Answer >