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After months and months of searching, you have finally found your dream home. You’re walking through the kitchen, and you’re thinking of all the wonderful dinner parties you will have, in your new, beautiful kitchen.
As you’re walking around the kitchen you see three broken tiles near the base of the wall. You think to yourself, “I can fix that”, nothing is going to stand between you and your dream home.
The first thing on your ‘to do’ list, after you purchase your home, is to fix those three broken tiles. Now where to start, how to get them out, without breaking any other tile? Follow these simple steps, and before long you will be having your first dinner party.
Steps to Repair Tile Backsplash:
1 Pull a grout saw along the edge of the joint to remove damaged grout, but do not mar the tiles. Cut into the good grout slightly so the new grout can bind to a solid surface. These devices either have serrated teeth that you use like a saw or abrasive-textured blades.
2 Place painter’s tape along the edges of tiles you don’t plan to remove. This helps protect their edges as you remove adjacent tiles.
3 Insert the tip of a small chisel into the joint with the tip facing the broken tile you need to remove from the backsplash. Tap gently on the chisel with a hammer to loosen and remove the tile. If you have multiple tiles to remove, pop them all out in this manner. Some may break as you remove them.
4 Continue using the chisel to remove any thin-set mortar that remains on the substrate behind the tile. Wipe the substrate clean with a damp sponge.
5 Dry fit the new tiles into the openings. If the new tiles have spacers, you may need to remove them, using tile nippers, to get the tiles to fit. Smooth rough edges with a sanding stone.
6 Mix thin set mortar with latex additive until the thin set resembles mashed potatoes. Let the mortar set for a few minutes for any air bubbles to dissipate.
7 Apply the thin set mortar to the substrate with a trowel. Butter the back of each tile with the mortar as well, placing more thin set in the center of the tile’s back. Reset tile into position on the wall, taking care to keep joint lines straight and even. The tiles should be level with adjacent tiles as well. Allow the thin set to dry for 30 minutes before proceeding. Remove the painter’s tape.
8 Mix un-sanded grout with enough water to make the grout resemble mashed potatoes. Wipe the grout into the joints diagonally with a grout float. If you can’t push the grout into the joint with the float, push it in with your finger. Smooth the joints so they resemble the existing joints. Wipe off excess grout with the float. Allow the grout to dry for 10 minutes.
9 Wipe the tiles with a clean, damp sponge. If a haze develops, polish it off with a soft, dry cloth.
If completely replacing your backsplash tile is not in the budget, these repair steps will get you by!
For a homeowner, there is nothing more satisfying then to walk in to a room, and see a beautiful finished home improvement project. A project, that you, the homeowner, completed yourself.
Fed up with looking at that same old tired paint on the wall? Want something beautiful; elegant that’s also easy to clean? Install a tile backsplash, a backsplash that makes your kitchen or bathroom look fresh and new.
Follow these simple steps to achieve the desired effects, without paying a professional to do it.
If your countertop is tiled, plan the layout so the backsplash grout veins line up with the countertop grout veins. If you don’t have a tiled countertop, start the first tile in the center of the base of the backsplash.
Turn off the power to electrical outlets in the area where you’re working. Remove electrical outlet covers.
Clean the area with warm water and allow to dry.
Apply the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive with a notched trowel. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread a very thin layer. Work in small 3-foot-by-3-foot areas to prevent the adhesive from drying out.
Lay the first tile in the center at the base of the backsplash. Position the tile using a slight twisting motion. Use a level to make sure the tile is square. Place a spacer on each corner of the first tile. Cut one end of the spacers off in order to fit them between the countertop and the bottom of the tile. Push the spacers into the adhesive.
Working out from the first tile, continue laying the tiles in a row, flush to the spacers. Wipe off any excess adhesive that oozes up between the tiles. Leave enough space to fill in with grout. Occasionally check to make sure the tiles are level. After one row is complete, begin with the next row and follow the same pattern. Apply adhesive as needed.
If you need to cut tiles, score the tiles with a tile cutter. Don’t score the area of the tiles that will show. Use tile nippers or a saw to cut away the area carefully.
When you place the tiles around an outlet, be sure the outlet cover hides the tile edges. Continue tiling as usual.
When you’ve laid all the tiles, wipe off any excess adhesive with a damp cloth. Use a rounded stick to clean between the tiles.
Allow the adhesive to set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After the adhesive sets, remove the spacers.
Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Since grout may irritate eyes and skin, wear safety goggles and latex gloves. Apply the grout using a rubber float. Spread the grout diagonally at a 45-degree angle across the tiles, packing the grout between the tiles. Wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge when the grout becomes firm.
Shape the grout joints using a rounded stick. Clean the tiles again and smooth the joints with a damp sponge.
After the grout dries and a haze forms, wipe off the tiles and shine them with a clean cloth.
Replace the electrical outlets and switches. You’ll need longer screws to replace the outlet covers. Use 1-1/4-inch to 1-5/8-inch screws with plastic washers behind the outlet to bring the outlet flush with the tile.
***If you have to cut tile, mark the proposed cut on the glazed side of the tile corners. Don’t mark on the clay side. The ink can be absorbed and bleed through to the other side.
Follow these tips for installing tile countertops or backsplash and your kitchen or bathroom will have a whole new look and appeal!
We at Plumbtile are thankful to our friends and all our loyal customers online. We have extended our Photo Contest promo to give everyone the chance to participate and win. The promo is now extended up to April 15, 2013.
If you haven’t heard about the contest yet, you will be pleased to hear that we are giving out $1000 worth of kitchen and bathroom products!
The rules are very simple. You just have to go to our Facebook fan page and upload a remodeling photo (past or present), and you will get the chance to win.
Tell all you friends! Share this article and spread the word!
Again, thank you from all of us at Plumbtile!
Buying a bathtub may seem easy. It may seem a no-brainer- just pick a color, choose the size, and shape, and you’ll be walking out the store with a designer bathtub. Stop, this should not be the case. Know what you are looking for before making that purchase. At PlumbTile, an online Bath and Tile Design Showroom, you will be presented with a variety of products that will go well with your bathroom requirements. The site will help you consider different options, and not limit you to just the shape or color of tubs.
If you are purchasing a replacement or doing a bath remodel it is best to leave the bathtub in its original position. With a big fixture such as a bathtub, the location is vital. Where you put the tub will dictate the type of tub to purchase.
Types of bathtubs
PlumbTile offers many types of bathtubs. There’s the freestanding tub, which can be a fantastic statement piece in any bathroom. They have modern designs ranging from this sleek 71” Freestanding Rounded Bathtub to this slightly larger 74” Freestanding Tub.
You may also choose to purchase a recessed bathtub which is commonly distributed by companies like Kohl. They have awesome tub products. If you are looking for a Highbridge cast iron bath (with enameled apron), you can visit PlumbTile and purchase this extraordinary product.
Other types of bathtubs you can choose from- the drop-in, which is supported by a frame like this Victoria Albert-Antibes Cont Undrmnt, or the corner tub which is triangular in shape and may fit more than one bather such as this 6′ Corner Soaking Tub With Aria Elite from MTI -Horizon Falls.
The Dry Run
You don’t have to soak yourself in an actual tub before you purchase it. If you are doubtful about online descriptions, call PlumbTile. Ask the agent how each bathtub fits the curve of the body. Also, ask if your water heater can fill the tub.
Consider all these factors before your bathtub purchase. Or just call 1-866-758-6284, all agents at PlumbTile will be able to assist you.
Avoid taking an actual bath when you’re buying a tub! It is best to know what you’re looking for before pulling out your wallet.
While the builder confidence for newly constructed single-family homes is still somewhat uncertain in the public eye, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), it has climbed two points on the NAHB and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for the month of December. Builder confidence has been on the rise and improving for three consecutive months and currently brings the index to its highest mark since May, 2010. Great news to us here at Plumbtile!
This year it is easier than ever to get green! A very simple way to get green in the bathroom is to replace that water-guzzling showerhead for a more eco-friendly version.
Here is a video how-to from one of of our top brands, American Standard. Consider updating your bathroom or someone else’s as a holiday gift to the rest of the world!
For a limited time, Plumbtile is offering a FREE $5 Starbucks card to every person who likes the Facebook page. When you go to http://www.facebook.com/plumbtile, you will be presented with the details of this giveaway. No catch – just like and get your card!
Note that these cards are delivered electronically, so please be sure to provide the email address you want them sent to. We can’t deliver them without it! Read on to learn more…
Like many, you probably have more than one person using the main bathroom in your home (or perhaps you only have one bathroom for everyone), and are looking for ways for everyone’s things to live harmoniously in a clutter-free environment. This does not have to be difficult and doesn’t need to cost a fortune! Here are 4 ways to add extra space, hide clutter, and allow multiple users to enjoy their bathroom time!
How awesome would it be to create a spa experience in your own bathroom? After a grueling day at work or wrestling with the kids, wouldn’t you like to relax in a cozy tub or wash away the day in a refreshing shower? At Plumbtile, we strive to offer you that exact experience with the highest quality from top name brands. Here are the 5 best ways to create a spa experience direct from us to you!
Cracks in the tile are generally caused by the building settling, but can also be due to improper tile installation, the wrong kind of tile being used, or accidents. Whatever the reason, broken tiles are generally considered unsightly, and can even lead to more serious problems if moisture happens to get into and under the cracks.