How do you lay ceramic tile?

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You can lay ceramic tile yourself or with the help of a professional contractor near you. Either way, here are the common steps to properly install ceramic floor tiles: 

  • Remove any old flooring. 
  • Carefully examine the substrate for cracks or uneven areas. 
  • Lay out your ceramic tiles, using spacers.
  • Cut your tiles and corners as needed. 
  • Apply a waterproof adhesive to each tile. 
  • Apply mixed grout between tiles, scraping off the excess. 
  • Sponge away any dirt and debris using water.  
  • Let the tile sit for a week (or a few weeks), then add grout sealer.

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