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Marble floors are gorgeous, giving any room a rich, clean look. Best of all, you can enjoy this elegant look at a huge savings simply by doing the installation yourself. The project is not difficult, requiring a little patience so it is completed correctly. To get started, you need clean cloths, a bucket, level, notched trowel, plywood and fasteners, marble tile, thin-set adhesive, tile spacers, masking tape, wet saw for cutting tile, safety goggles, work gloves, dust mask, non-staining cement, sponge, squeegee, burlap, rag, and acetone for cleaning your tools. Although you will find tiles in a number of sizes, typically, they will measure 12 x 12-inches or 12 x 18-inches.

When cutting tiles, you can expect that there will be some pieces that need to be cut for corners. Since tile can break along fissures in the rock, you should cut the tile three-quarters across and then turn it and cut through the last quarter. If the type of tile you are using is very fragile, wrap it in masking tape prior to cutting. To make the cuts, use a wet saw that has a sliding carriage, as well as a diamond blade. Additionally, never make any cuts unless you are wearing safety goggles, work gloves, and a dust mask.

To lay the tiles in place, you will put them down firmly, making sure you do not slide them into place. The reason is that the adhesive can build up in the joints, making a mess. You also want to avoid getting any of the tile adhesive on the top of the tile pieces. Next, you will keep the joint lines straight and set the tiles into place with tile spacers. Before you do anything else, let the adhesive dry. Typically, marble tiles would be set without wide grout joints but you should allow about 1/8-inch between the tile pieces for minor adjustments.

Finally, you need to fill the joints with cement. To do this, it is important that you wear a dust mask, work gloves, safety goggles, and long sleeves in that mixing cement can cause skin irritation. Mix non-staining cement until thick and creamy. With a moist sponge, you will then dampen the joints in between the tile pieces, filling them with cement according to the manufacturer´┐Żs instructions. Then with a squeegee, spread the cement evenly over the area that has been moistened.

The cement will now need to sit for 10 minutes and then a layer of dry cement will be sprinkled over the area and rubbed into the spaces with a burlap rag. Next, any excess grout would be removed; the joints wiped smooth, and the stone surface cleaned off with water.
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