The tiling of the bench of a sink is a common operation in a kitchen. The benchtop, which is necessary for many household tasks, must be hard-wearing: it is exposed to shocks, sharp instruments and strong detergents. The choice of its coating is essential. Porcelain stoneware is best suited to the qualities required. This material, often presented in sheets assembled on flexible net, is easy to implement: we put a large number of tiles at one time. In front of the sink, we can also protect the vertical wall by a tile but which may be of lower quality (enamelled earthenware) since it will not have to withstand the attacks described the tiling of the bench will be.
- Folding Meter
- Tiler's chisel
- Cat-tongue trowel
- Notched spatula
- Bubble level
- Silicone seal
- Setting up
1. Presented most often on a paper net laminated on the sole of the tiles, this type of tile is very easy and quick to install. In addition, the net irigidifies the glue-tile complex. Present a sheet of tiles on the bench. Put it as if to glue it. Leave, between the tiles of the edge and the sink, a length of joint equal to that which separates the other tiles between them.
2. Measure bench width, preferably not covered. Make it at both ends of the fitting provided. This width may be unequal if the bench is not parallel to the wall. Remove the value of a seal from the measurement; the result obtained gives the dimension of the connection.
3. Turn a second plate over and cut the net. Cut it with the cutter so that this cut corresponds to an integer number of tiles, representing a width greater than that of the connection to be made. Record the size of the fitting you noted on the front of the plate with a felt pen. This line, which passes in the middle of a row of tiles, shows you the cutting line.
4. Scratch the coating following this line using the tile chisel. Cut the tiles one by one. Also cut the net and detach the chute completely. Position the fitting in its place. Respect a constant joint value, identical to that existing between two plates. You will have carefully cleaned and degreased the surface of the bench before spreading the glue with a notched spatula.
5. Equalize the layer by covering the entire surface to be tiled to the same thickness. glue so you do not have any overhang. Take care of the corners against the wall and the edge of the sink. Then cut and fix all the plates in the same way, until you completely cover the bench. It is best to choose a water-repellent product that will withstand the repeated washing required by a bench.
6. Pour the slip on the bench in small puddles. Spread them with a sponge. Allow the product to penetrate all joints, not to mention the periphery. Add some slip as it seeps through all the gaps. Sponge for the last time to chase the air bubbles that are sometimes under the slip between two tiles. On drying, these invisible bubbles are weaknesses in the joint which then deteriorates rapidly. Let the slip harden and wash the tiles with the wet sponge to remove traces of cement.
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