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Before Installation of Tiles The Process of Laying Tiles
 
The Process of Laying Tiles
 
 
A. Laying the tiles over concrete in new building using sand and cement mortar.
B. Laying the tiles with chemical adhesive in new building.
C. Laying the tiles over the existing floor of old tiles. (Marble, Granite, Mosaic, Kota etc.)
 
A. Laying the tiles over concrete in new building using sand and cement mortar.
The bed surface should be perfectly clean and free from dust, paint, scraps, grease, oil etc.
If the bed surface has been left dry for a long time it should be washed and made sufficiently cured.
Make suitable bedding using cement and sand mortar with the ratio of 1:4 along with water to make a consistence paste.
Once mixing is completed use this to make a bedding of 20 to 30 mm thickness after checking the levels through 4 corners of the area.
Kindly look for the arrow on the back of the tile and follow the laying pattern as shown here.
 
If the arrows are not followed the proper design may not be achieved and also it may affect the alignment.
Apply fine cement slurry to the back of the tile to ensure proper and full bonding on the surface.
Press gently with a wooden mallet to make proper adherence. (Do not use iron hammer or any heavy material to press the tile).
After fixing the tiles, extra mortar etc. should be cleaned with wet cloth or sponge and allow setting for two days.
After proper setting, the tile should be suitably cleaned and there after grouting should be done with matching grout.
Since most of the carpentry, electrical or interior works are done after the installation of tiles, it is important to provide a protective cover on surface of the tiles.
It is recommended to use POP of 12 to 15 mm thickness and this should be opened only when the area is ready for occupation.
Use of newspaper below the POP should be avoided since the printing ink and other black spots of the newspaper are likely to leave permanent stains on the tiles.
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B. Laying the tiles with chemical adhesive in new building.
The same guidelines given above holds good for almost all the points except that instead of using fine slurry of cement at the back of the tiles appropriate chemical fixing adhesives available in the market can be used.
It should be ensured there is 100 % coverage of the adhesive behind the tiles.
The adhesives layer should be approximately 10 to 15 mm thickness.
While using adhesive it is very important to maintain level and flatness.
Setting / curing time should be allowed at least 2 days to avoid air bubbles or warpages on the tiles
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C. Laying the tiles over the existing floor of old tiles. (Marble, Granite, Mosaic, Kota etc.)
The same guidelines given above holds good for almost all the points except that instead of using fine slurry of cement at the back of the tiles appropriate chemical fixing adhesives available in the market can be used.
It should be ensured there is 100 % coverage of the adhesive behind the tiles.
The adhesives layer should be approximately 10 to 15 mm thickness.
While using adhesive it is very important to maintain level and flatness.
Setting / curing time should be allowed at least 2 days to avoid air bubbles or warpages on the tiles
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