How to Paint Kitchen Floor Tiles How to Paint Kitchen Floor Tiles

What You'll Need
Clean water
Sponge
Liquid floor cleaner
Microfiber cloth
Painters Tape
Oil based primer
Oil based paint
Paintbrush
Ceramic floor sealant

Painting kitchen floor tiles is a quick and inexpensive way to make old tiles look beautiful. However, painting kitchen floor tiles should only be a last resort effort because it is very hard to clean since you cannot scrub it and you cannot use abrasive cleaners on it. Here are some steps to follow in order to paint kitchen floor tiles.

Step 1 – Clean the Floor

Before painting, first you need to clean the floor thoroughly. If any stains are left on the floor underneath the paint, they will eat right through it, damaging the paint. Hence, use clean water mixed with some liquid floor cleaner and a sponge to clean the floor and then use a microfiber cloth to dry it completely.

Step 2 – Prepare for Painting

Once the floor is dry, get hold of the painter's tape and use it in those areas which do not need painting but are close to the kitchen floor tiles to be painted. In addition, if the kitchen has a ceramic counter top, it can also be painted to match the floor and hence, the painter's tape will be very useful.

Step 3 – Apply the Primer

Once the tape is on, it is time to apply the primer. It is recommended to use an oil based primer because it penetrates better than a latex primer. Apply it with a clean paintbrush and make sure to apply it in straight and even strokes. The grooves in the tiles can be tricky to paint, and thus, use the tip of the paintbrush to paint them while getting the excess paint of out them. Then, go over the tile again with a light brush stroke to blend the other strokes together. Once finished, leave the primer to dry checking your product instruction leaflet in order to leave it long enough to dry completely.

Step 4 – Start Painting

It is now time to start painting the floor tiles. Again, use an oil based paint because it is much more durable than a latex paint. Apply using the same exact method as with the primer previously. To make the floor tiles look a bit more interesting, you can use another color to create a pattern. If your floor is made up of two different tile sizes, you can paint the small ones with one color and the rest with another. If necessary, use a small paintbrush and make sure to paint with a steady hand, especially if the tiles are small.

Step 5 – Apply the Sealant

Finally, apply a coat of sealant to protect the paint from any scratches. At this point you can remove the painter's tape and leave the sealant to dry according to the instructions before setting anything on the floor.

In order to preserve its good condition, avoid dragging rough or sharp objects over the floor and do not leave the floor wet for too long since the water can ruin the paint.  

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