Ceramic tile is a widely used material, especially in the kitchens and bathrooms of many homes. Tiles generally are easy to clean and their placement provides a waterproof barrier. If you want to glue down a ceramic tile, you can do so with a latex mortar. It is quick-setting and works well for this application.
Things You'll Need
- Putty knife
- Wire brush
- Latex-fortified thinset mortar
- Plastic bucket
- Pointed trowel
- 1/4 inch notched trowel
- Wood block
Clear the area on which you wish to glue down a ceramic tile with a wire brush and putty knife. Chip away any pre-existing mortar or glue with the putty knife and sweep away the debris with the wire brush.
Mix 2 cups of the tile mortar with 1/3 cup of water in a small plastic bucket. Integrate the mixture until the consistency is smooth. This amount will be enough for one, 8-inch tile. Mix more for extra tiles if needed.
Allow the mortar to stand for 10 minutes.
Scoop the mortar into place with a pointed trowel.
Spread the mortar so that it is 1/4 inch thick in all places. Rake the mortar with a 1/4 inch notched trowel.
Firmly press the tile into place.
Place a wood block on top of the tile and gently hammer the block with the rubber end of a hammer to set the tile.
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