If you plan on updating your bathroom with a stone tile floor, make sure you understand how to properly prepare for and install a stone floor before you start the project. Also, don't be afraid to hire assistance with putting in your stone tile floor.
Remove the Old Floor
The first thing you should do is remove the old floors. Removing the old floors will reduce the work that the installation team has to do when they come in to put down the stone floors. If you have carpet floors, all you need to do is vacuum them, cut them up, and pull them out. If you have hardwood floors, it will take a little more work to remove the floors. You will have to pull out each board and pull out the nails if that is how they are held in place.
Break Floor into Sections
Once the old floor is removed, you are going to want to break the floor into sections. When you lay a stone floor, you are going to be working in cement, so you will want to work in segments. You may want to use caulk to mark off the segments where you want to work. This will allow you to clearly define your work area and know how to break down your work space.
Clean the Floor Well
Make sure that the floor is clean before you start with the application process of the stone floors. You don't want to be battling or dealing with dirt getting mixed into the new floor mixtures. Vacuum and/or mop the floors — whatever you need to do to make them clean.
Apply the Thinset
Once the floors are clean, you can apply the thinset. This is where you are going to want to use your coordinates or sections. Apply thinset to one section at a time. This will allow you the time to apply the thinset and spread it out so that it is even, without you feeling rushed before the thinset dries.
Put Down the Membrane
Once you have the thinset in place, you are going to want to put down the membrane. Make sure that the membrane goes all the way to the wall, and be sure to push it down into the thinset so that it adheres to the membrane.
When you want to put down a stone tile floor, you are going to need to remove the old floor, break the floor into work sections, clean the floor well, and put down a thinset and membrane before you start to put down the actual stone tile floor. To learn more about concrete construction, talk to a contractor near you today.