An Insight In to the Applications & Materials Required For Floor Tiling – Spacing, Trimming, & Alignment

Posted by admin on

Whatever anybody tells you, don’t ever feel intimidated by them when  they say that there is no need to use tiling spacers when floor tiling, and they are basically a tool at which only an amateur with little confidence would use. Pride in itself has a price, and in the case of grout spacing a tiled floor, you could actually sacrifice the alignment and whole uniform look of your floor over taking heed of such boastful and cocky remarks.

Floor tile spacers normally come in packets of small cross shaped plastic or rubber inserts, and are ideal to speed up your job of keeping exact lines between each and every floor tile. They differ in thickness depending on the size or grout line you wish to apply, like 3/16″ or 1/4″ for example, and are also useful for cleaning out excess mortar in your grout lines when still wet with a simple swipe.

In saying that they can be very beneficial instruments to laying floor tiles however, they can also actually cause a problem when laying the cheaper variety of ceramic tiles available. These tiles like I mentioned before in a previous article, can be prone to being off-sized by up to 1/8″ inch, and in this case by using floor tile spacers can be more of a hindrance than a help, so it would only be best to lay your tiles by eye and hope for the best.

When it comes to fine trimming your floor tiles, nothing works better than a pair of tile nippers to break off unwanted pieces once the tile has been cut when trying to fit it around an obstacle. Tile nippers simply work by clamping the jaw on the part of the tile needing to be removed, applying hand grip pressure, and then breaking off the excess piece. Another method of trimming can be done by using a simple pair of household pliers, which you would just bite down on the tile, grip, and snap off at an angle. This is effective, but care should be taken to do this in small stages, as if you try to remove too much of tile at once, especially with ceramic tiles you may find that you could actually break off more than you had hoped for.

For marking out straight lines, nothing does it cheaper and better than by using a chalk line. This is basically a roll of string encased in a shell along with chalk dust, which can be pulled out and wound back in, similar to the mechanics of a tape measure. When bought new, they normally come dry of chalk, so before first use you must fill it up with chalk dust, and then pull out a short length of string, tap the shell, then reel back in the string. This is simply to allow the chalk dust to settle better on the string when a line needs to be set, and should be done maybe two or three times for best results.