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Tiling kitchen floor (concrete)

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by scotto87, 19 Jul 2012.

  1. scotto87


    5 Jul 2012
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    Tyne and Wear
    United Kingdom
    Hi there,

    I'm about to embark on my first tiling job ever! I've taken the vinyl tiles and carpet that was down in my kitchen. The floor underneath is concrete and spot on until you get to where the original kitchen must of been. There is a slight gutter / border followed by a slight raised concreted area. Ive attached the photo of it. I was wondering what would be the best way to tile this area?


    The floor itself is fine (as far as I'm aware). I've attached a photo of it, am I right in saying that once cleaned / hoovered / washed. I can put a sealer of PVA down then tile on top?


    My other question is how would I deal with the carpet door trim / edge. I'm guessing I would remove it. Is there a special trim I can get that would work? Or is it best to just leave it ?

    Thanks in advance!

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  3. Karis


    28 Mar 2012
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    United Kingdom
    That looks like the remains of bitumastic adhesive to me which was probably used on the vinyl tiles, can you confirm? If so then you will need to prepare it correctly or you will have tile adhesion problems. You need to remove the excess & any flaky bits & prime with a slurry bonding coat but as your floor appears to be uneven, see comment below regarding using an SLC. Do not use heat gun or chemical strippers in attempts to clean it off.

    The floor needs to be perfectly flat before you can tile. Gutters/hollows can be filled out using cement powder based adhesive (which you must use anyway) but if one section of the floor is higher then you would need to apply a self levelling compound & tile over that. This may be advisable anyway if you have bitumastic adhesive residue on the floor.

    Cleaning & hovering won’t be sufficient if that’s bitumastic adhesive. You should never use PVA as a tile primer, it’s not suitable, use only SBR/ acrylic primer, where necessary.

    Remove it & get a carpet to tile threshold plate. http://www.underlay4u.co.uk/door-plates/090m-long-z-section-trim-93-56-160.php

    What type & size of tiles are you proposing to use?
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