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Step 3: Site preparation (and sealing tiles) top

Cleaning surfaces

Before starting any tiling job, the surface to which you apply the tiles must be cleaned. Wipe off excess dust, wash off any grease, scape off any paint, adhesives or varnish, hammer in protruding nails, and seal any holes/gaps in the floors or walls. Make sure the surface is solid and fixed, as any movement can cause tile breakage later on. Tiles are best applied to cement sheets or concrete slabs.

Note: You may have to roughen the tiling surface if it's too glossy ie. laminates on benchtops.

Screeding and Self-levelling

Screeding is the method of levelling the floor in order to create a fall. The fall ensures that water wouldn’t pond in any area (ie. allow for drainage). For example, a fall in a shower would direct the water to the waste outlet, a fall on an exposed balcony would ensure water doesn’t flow back into the house/apartment. The size of the fall will depend on the volume of water that will flow over the surface.
For instance, a shower will require a bigger fall than a balcony. Self-levelling is the method of pouring a ‘self-levelling mixture’ over an uneven surface and allowing the liquid to flow into and fill up any depressions, hence making the floor even.

Waterproofing the surface being tiled

Waterproofing protects the surface on which you lay the tiles. If a surface is not waterproofed, water on the tiles you lay can seep through to the layer underneath causing damage ie. seepage into a lower level apartment or underneath the house, and/or can cause wood rot/damp.

Sealing tiles

Some tiles can be bought sealed which generally makes them more expensive. Most tiles however, are porous and in order to protect their surface i.e. avoid staining and the build up of residues, they are generally sealed with an acrylic sealant. Certain surfaces such as slate, require specialised sealant products, contact your distributor for advice.

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