How to Install Natural Stone Floor Tiles Part 3 How to Install Natural Stone Floor Tiles Part 3
Now that you have your natural stone floor tiles on the floor, it is time to finish up the job. There is not much left to do but you do need to finish the job properly so that it looks like a professional installation.
Step 1 - Allow Plenty of Time to Dry
Before you continue with the process, you want to make sure that you allow plenty of time for the tile to set up. The adhesive needs at least 24 hours to dry before you can walk on it. Otherwise, you are going to make the floor uneven.
Step 2 - Seal
Most natural stone is very porous. Because of this, you should seal the entire floor so that you can avoid staining problems. Using a rag, you can apply natural stone sealer to the floor. You might want to allow this coat to dry and then apply another coat. After your sealer is dry, you should be able to start using the floor. In most cases, you will want to make sure that the tops of the tiles are sealed before you grout. If you try to grout without sealing the floor, the tile is going to most likely be stained. Try to get the sealer only on the top of the tile and not in the grout joints.
Step 3 - Mix the Grout
Now that you have allowed the floor to dry thoroughly, you are going to need to install the grout. Start out by mixing the grout up. This is done in the same way that you mixed the tile adhesive. Pour the grout mix into a bucket and then mix it with water. Make sure to check the manufacturer's recommendations on the side of the bag to see how much water to put in. You will want to mix the grout up to the same consistency that you did with the adhesive. You do not want it to be too runny, so avoid pouring in too much water.
Step 4 - Apply the Grout
Next, you should start installing the grout. You can use a trowel or a grout float for this part of the job. Take your trowel or float and use it to get some of the grout out of the bucket. Try to spread the grout in 45° angles compared to your grout lines. This will help you more easily get the grout into the grout joints. Make sure that all of the joints are completely filled with grout and that there are no gaps.
Step 5 - Clean Up
Now you should spend some time cleaning up after you have applied the grout. Using a tile sponge and a bucket of water, you will need to wipe off the tile. When working with natural stone, the grout has a tendency to form a haze on the top of the tile. Using your sponge will help you to remove this haze. It is also important to run a sponge over the grout lines so that you can smooth them out a bit. This will give you a very finished and professional look with your grout.
Step 6 - Dry
Allow the grout to dry overnight before moving forward.