Sometimes it’s time for a change. Maybe you’ve had carpet in your home for years and want to go with a different look. Perhaps you’re tired of having to clean your carpets? Or maybe it’s starting to affect your carpet: Carpet can trap dirt and allergens in its fibers that could be having a negative impact on your health. If any of these are true, you may want to consider switching your flooring over to tiles.
At Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning, we think that carpets and tiles can both make a house look great. But if you’re thinking of trading in carpet for tile, we can help you with that. Here’s what you need to know about replacing carpet with tile.
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What You’ll Need
Replacing carpet with tile is not a simple process. It will require a large variety of tools to get the job done. Here’s what you should have on your shopping list the next time you hit the hardware store:
- Razor knife
- Pry bar
- Tape Measure
- Undercut saw
- Tile saw
- Thin set mortar
- Power saw with diamond blade
- Notched trowel
- Grout float
- Back board
- 1 ½ inch drywall screws
- Screw gun
Removing Your Carpet
The first thing you’ll want to do is clear out all the furniture that’s on the carpet. Make sure that your work area doesn’t any obstructions. You’re going to be moving around a lot and don’t want to be tripping over anything. If you have pets, keep them in a separate room or crate them. At best they could be a distraction; at worst they could end up injuring themselves on your tools.
And to be on the safe side: Make sure you have a first aid kit. If you work slowly and carefully you shouldn’t injure yourself, but you will be working with sharp tools that could accidentally carve you up if your focus wavers.
The first step is to start cutting the carpet where the tile will meet the rest of the carpet. A good starting point is in the middle of a doorway. Use as straight an edge as possible to make the cut. If there’s any baseboard on or by the carpet you’ll want to remove that too. You can use the razor knife to chisel off the paint that’s on top of the baseboard. When the baseboard’s primed for removal, you can pull it off with a pry bar.
Once the baseboard’s been taken off you can get down to business. Remove the carpet by pulling it loose from the tack strip along the walls. Larger pieces of carpet can be carved up into smaller sizes so they’ll be easier to handle. Roll up the carpet and throw it off. You’re now ready to lay down some tile.
It’s time to put your measuring tape to good use. Measure the thickness of your tile and backer board. Add a ¼ inch to the thickness. Now you should measure up from the floor on both sides of the door jamb. Mark the spot by using the undercut saw to make the cut. You’ll then want to cut the door jamb, just enough that the tile and backer board will be able to slide under it.
Measure and cut your backer board. A diamond saw is the best tool for this job. Once it’s cut, you’ll be installing it with screws. After you finish with the backer boards you’ll lay down the pattern for the tiles. An easy way to do this is to mark the position of three tiles by tracing the outside of the tiles with a pencil. This will make it a lot easier to maintain the right spacing between tiles as you lay the pattern down. If you need to make space between the tiles for grout, you can purchase spacers that will make sure the gap between tiles is consistent throughout the entire floor.
Mix the thin set mortar. It should have the consistency of peanut butter or a really thick cake batter by the time you’ve finished mixing. Spread the thin set out with your notched trowel, then place your tile. Repeat this process until the entire floor is covered. Let it dry for 24 hours. Remove any grout spacers that you used while putting the tile down.
Once the mortar’s been dried you can start applying grout. Mix the grout and install it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions as you do this to make sure you don’t make any mistake. You can remove excess grout by using a sponge. Let the grout dry for 24 hours. Congratulations: You now have a tile floor!
Thinking of switching out your carpet for tile? Maybe a good cleaning is all they need to look just right for your home! Give Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning a call at 602-243-6379.
Tile flooring can be a wise investment for any homeowner. It’s relatively cheap, easy to install, simple to maintain and it looks great. But it can get damaged if you’re not careful. Tile flooring can last you a long time, so long as you treat it right and protect it from wear and tear.
At Dr. Chem-Dry, we’ve seen what can happen when people neglect their tile flooring. The truth is that protecting your tile flooring isn’t difficult or very time-consuming. Follow these simple steps and you should have strong and clean looking tiles for years to come. And in case you get some stains you can’t get out, give us a call and we’d be glad to help you make your tiles shine again.
At some point, all homeowners face the same question: what should I do with my floors? Do you go with carpet or wood flooring? Vinyl or tile? What type of flooring would benefit you and your home the most?
At Dr. Chem-Dry, we have years of experience cleaning up every kind of flooring surface imaginable. While they all have particular strengths and advantages, we’ve found that tile seems to have a lot going for it. It’s a cheap, attractive and easy to install type of flooring that could make your house look great. Here are seven benefits to having tile flooring in your home.
In recent years, tile has become a popular replacement for the dusty, dirt-trapping carpets of the past. But did you know that even tile can hold dirt and grime for years if not cleaned properly? Many commercially available cleaning products claim to remove years of built-up dirt, but they may be doing more harm than good. We’ve listed some products to avoid below.
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Any cleaning product or tool that has a gritty, abrasive texture is going to be damaging to your tile. Most ceramic tiles come with a finish that seals the surface of the tile and keeps dirt and grime from penetrating into the tiles pores. Abrasive products scratch and nick the finish, which actually makes it easier for your tile to get dirty.
2. Bleach or Ammonia-based Cleaners
Some of the most commonly used tile and grout cleaners use bleach and ammonia as a base. They may seem effective at removing stains, but that’s not all they’re removing — over time, these cleaners can discolor your tile and grout, stripping them of the beauty that drew you to them in the first place. These chemicals are also harsh on your hands and lungs, making them a less than ideal solution.
3. Oil-based Cleaner
Some popular soaps and cleaners are oil-based, which gives flooring a nice sheen and glow. But oil-based cleaners aren’t the best choice for cleaning tile. The oils soak into your grout, attracting dirt and leaving ugly stains. To make matters worse, the oils can make your flooring slippery, creating a falling hazard for you and your family.
The best way to clean your tile and grout is to make sure that your grout properly protected with an impregnating tile and grout sealer to block out dirt, grime, moisture, and more. You can also use an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, like Dr. Chem-Dry’s stone and tile cleaning solutions.
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For more tile cleaning tips, or to schedule your free quote, give Dr. Chem-Dry a call at 602-243-6379.