10 Best Home Tile Decorating Ideas

10 Best Home Tile Decorating Ideas

Faults and cures Uneven tiles.

Usually caused by not setting the guide battens against the walls correctly before you begin, this is either a disaster, in which case all you can do is remove the tiles and begin again, or you can decide to live with it.

Cracked tiles.

If one tile in a row becomes cracked, remove it carefully with a chisel, working from the centre outwards and taking care not to damage the adjacent tiles. Scrape out as much of the adhesive as you can and use a hose vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris. Spread adhesive on the back of the replacement tile and press it firmly into the gap. Wipe off excess adhesive with a damp sponge, then allow to dry and re-grout.

Discoloured grout.

Depending on time, inclination and the extent of the discolouring, you can either try bleaching the discoloured grout with household bleach, or you will have to rake out the existing grout with a screwdriver and apply fresh. Alternatively, you could paint the grout with a proprietary grout paint.

Finishing off.

1 Force the grout between the joints of the tiles with the spreader held at right angles to the tiles.

2 Before the grout dries, use a damp cloth to wipe any smears of excess grout from the surface of the tiles.

3 Use a piece of wooden dowel, or similar, to smooth the grout lines into a neat, slightly concave groove.

4 Apply sealant onto the join in a smooth, continuous line, cutting the nozzle to match the size of the join.

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