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How to Install SnapCeramic Tile

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Step 1: Prepare Floor for Tiles

Remove any existing carpeting and padding. Remove any base or quarter-round moldings. Can be installed on or below most wood, vinyl, concrete and ceramic floors.

Step 2: Determine the Best Place to Start Installation

SnapCeramic Tile can be installed starting at any wall.

Step 3: Install Underlayment

Roll out the foam underlayment in the location of the installation, gold side up. You may choose to tape the seams with masking or duct tape. Measure the length of the room to make sure that you do not end with a very small tile on the end row.

Step 4: Install the First Row of Tiles

Using a white-headed rubber mallet and tapping block, gently tap the tiles into place. Be sure to place the tapping block squarely against the tile.

Step 5: Adjust Tiles for Perfect Grout Lines

Once snapped together, adjustments may be made to your layout using the rubber mallet and tapping block. Simply tap the row in the appropriate direction to achieve perfectly aligned grout lines.

Step 6: Cut Tiles

You may cut tile using a wet saw, or using a special dry blade on a standard saw. To reduce dust, cut straight cuts plastic side up.

TIP: If you don’t have a wet saw, you can use a diamond blade on any standard saw to cut this tile.

Step 7: Install Perimeter Tiles

To install the SnapCeramic Tiles along the perimeter of the installation, use a pull bar. Gently apply pressure until tabs interlock completely. Tiles may be unsnapped using either two methods: 1) Lift one tile at an angle until tabs dislodge, or 2) Place a rubber-coated pull bar between tiles and carefully twist until they separate.

Step 8: Apply the Grout

Once all tile is laid out, open the bucket of Flexible Grout (liquid may be present on the surface of the grout when opened. Use a trowel to fold liquid into grout). Do not add water unless the consistency on the grout is too clumpy, then only add a limited amount of water and remix, until the texture is normal.

Holding sharp-edged, firm rubber grout float at a 45-degree angle, spread the grout diagonally, pressing firmly to ensure the joints are filled completely. Holding grout float at 90-degree angle, pull diagonally across joints, removing excess grout from tile using the edge of the float like a squeegee.

Step 9: Remove Excess Grout

Remove grout haze with sponge, as you work; only grout as far as you can reach before cleaning. Rinse clean sponge in water and wring until damp. Change water mixture after 100 square feet or when dirty.

Step 10: Allow Grout to Dry

Do not walk on tiles for 2-5 hours, or until dry. After 24 hours, use a sponge and water to remove the remaining grout haze. For the initial cleaning you may use glass cleaner or citrus-based cleaner for difficult residue.

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