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prep a room for tile

To prep a room for tile, you’ll need a whole lot of planning and elbow grease. If it’s for a bathroom remodeling project, the kitchen, or another room, the first step is to measure the space. Then, you can select the tile you like and purchase enough to cover the space, plus about 10 percent for inevitable breakage.

How to Prep a Room for Tile

Another preparation to make, if it’s the kitchen is relocating the appliances, cabinets, and other fixtures. It’s important to know the steps to plan a total kitchen gut before you start moving things around. Basically, you’ll have to relocate the appliances so you can continue to use them.

Getting ready to lay new flooring could include some demolition. If you are planning to combine two rooms into one, for example, you’ll need to remove a stud wall or two and tear up old flooring before laying the new continuous flooring. Demolition is hard, messy work, but it can be rewarding. It moves along quickly, progress is instantly visible, and knocking things apart can be satisfying. —DIY

One suggestion is to put the appliances in another room, like a family room or den. Another alternative is to relocate the appliances to the garage. Of course, it’s best to do this during the fall for comfort. Regardless of what room you’re installing the tile, the basics are very much the same. Here’s how to prep a room for tile:
  • Remove the existing top flooring. After you’ve emptied the space out entirely, it will be time to remove the existing top flooring, whether it’s carpet, vinyl, hardwood, or tile. Do this carefully so you don’t damage the subfloor and the walls.
  • Clean the whole subfloor thoroughly. Once the top flooring material is removed off the subfloor, it’s time to prep it for installing new tile. When you took out the existing top flooring, be it carpet, tile, hardwood, or vinyl, there will be a lot of tiny debris. This means you’ve got to clean it thoroughly with a vacuum and mop.
  • Install the tile membrane over the subfloor. Next, install the membrane over the subfloor. The steps will differ from product to product, but it’s purpose is to create a foundation and to protect the subfloor. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • Start to lay the tiles in place over membrane. Unless you are very handy and have done this type of work before, it’s not recommended you go the do-it-yourself route. Hire a licensed contractor, instead. But, if you are confident in your DIY skills, you can install the tile yourself.

When you’re ready for construction and remodeling debris removal, just pick up the phone and call 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We have all the manpower and equipment to get it done for you.

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