Published at Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
Since the tiles will be turned on the diagonal, you want large or complete tiles to edge the most visible entrance into the kitchen. Then make an accurate template of the pattern on graph paper, taking care to include any odd bump–outs or –ins. Allow about 15 percent overage for a diagonal pattern.
To protect a linoleum or cork floor, apply a good quality floor wax. The wax helps prevent water from entering the seams and weakening the adhesive. Clean with a vinegar and water solution. Damp-mop only to prevent water from penetrating into the seams. Since floor wax yellows over time, use a wax stripper occasionally and recoat with new wax.
Once you’ve decided on your focal point, snap a chalk line down the center of the subfloor near that starting point. You willl use it to gauge whether the tiles are placed in alignment. It is also helpful to snap a second chalk line that crosses the first at right angles. This is where you will lay your first tile. If you have never laid a tile floor before, try out the pattern with unglued tiles laid over about a quarter or so of the floor. It will help you plan how to lay the tiles most efficiently, and estimate where cuts will be needed.
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