Yes, with Ideal Work®’s surfaces it’s possible to cover the tiling floors and walls of the bathroom and the kitchen easily and quickly. With just a few millimeters thickness the old tiles can be covered and the room acquires a new look without the inconveniences of demolition works.
Whether you’re covering the tile temporarily or permanently, there are a few solutions you can try. Lay down a large area rug to cover unsightly tile flooring. Measure the area that you want to cover, and find a large rug that will cover most of the flooring.
An absorption issue will fester and worsen when the tiles are covered up. If the original tiles were not properly installed, the new overlaying tiles won’t lie flat or line up. If you do discover either of these issues, it’s better to start from scratch than to tile over the existing floor.
Can You cover old tiles to give a new look?
With just a few millimeters thickness the old tiles can be covered and the room acquires a new look without the inconveniences of demolition works. Specifically in the kitchen it’s possible to coat the floors, the walls and the countertop to give the room an industrial look.
Unless an electric or plumbing intervention is needed, it’s worth considering to cover the tiles instead of removing them ; with Ideal Work’s surface coatings it’s possible to cover the old tiles without demolitions and therefore to avoid long and expensive restoration works and their disadvantages: noise, dust, dirt etc.
Do tile floors need to be sealed?
Yes, porous floor tiles can be sealed ; however, you need to use a penetrating sealer. Penetrating sealers are designed specifically for porous tiles as it seeps into the tiny cracks to provide total protection. It also prevents your tiles from absorbing any liquids that contact it after being sealed.
The tiles themselves are a different matter, and it may or may not be a good idea to seal them. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile never need to be sealed except under special circumstances, but unglazed ceramic, porcelain, clay and natural stone are porous and quickly become dirty and discolored without a sealer.
The grout and the tile both should be sealed for the utmost protection. Cleaning Sealed Tiled Floors When it comes to tile cleaning, you can more easily clean ones that are sealed. These will tend to repel dirt and moisture better so they can easily be wiped away, revealing their shiny natural luster.
Sealing the tiles prior to setting them is the most ideal time. This will protect the tile from mortar staining if some gets on the face unexpectedly. For larger jobs this isn’t always ideal so it is okay to carefully set the tile first. However you will absolutely need to seal porous tiles prior to grouting.
What should I know before installing floor tile?
Preparation for installing floor tile depends on the type of subfloor in the room you are tiling. The subfloor must be able to hold the weight of the tile and preparation materials required to complete the installation. Underlayment is the material placed on top of the subfloor that assists in the installation of the tile or other type of flooring.
Which grout is best for my tile?
Safe for most types of stone, ceramic tile, and grout. No-sheen, non-slippery finish. Safe in food-prep areas.