If flooding led to minor water damage inside of your kitchen and several of the floor's ceramic tiles are stained and have come loose as a result, the following steps will assist with drying the floor, removing damaged materials, and attaching new ceramic tiles.
- portable heaters
- oscillating fan
- metal pry bar
- scrub brush
- industrial strength detergent
- warm water
- mixing stick
- sponge mop
- ceramic tiles
- tile adhesive
- foam brush
- tube of grout
- putty knife
Dry And Clean The Floor
Use absorbent towels to sop up water from the kitchen floor. Use the tip of a metal pry bar to assist with removing the stained and loose ceramic tiles from the floor. Dispose of the floor materials. Set up a couple portable heaters in the kitchen and aim them towards the wet portions of the floor. Plug in an oscillating fan to increase air flow in the room. After the floor has dried, prepare a cleaning solution by filling a bucket with water and adding a small amount of disinfectant and industrial strength detergent to the bucket.
Stir the contents in the bucket for a couple minutes before dipping a scrub brush into the cleaning solution. Use the scrub brush to loosen tile adhesive and hardened residue from the floor's surface. Use a sponge mop or standard mop to eliminate the cleaning solution from the floor. Allow the floor to air dry or speed up the drying process with the portable heaters.
Attach Ceramic Tiles And Apply Grout
Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of tile adhesive along the backside of one of the replacement tiles. Line the tile up with adjacent tiles and press against the ceramic side of the tile until the flooring piece adheres. Apply adhesive to the other tiles and secure them to the floor in the same manner. Wait several hours for the tile adhesive to dry. If grout was applied when the other tiles were first installed, insert a tube of grout in a caulk gun and apply a thin line of grout to gaps between tiles.
Use a flexible putty knife to smooth the surface of the grout. If grout was accidentally applied to the surface of some of the tiles, dampen a sponge with water and wipe the sponge over the grout-covered surfaces to remove the grout. Refrain from walking upon the kitchen floor until the grout has dried completely. For more information, contact a business such as A Steam Pro Carpet Cleaning.