Updated: Aug 8, 2018
Whether you're redoing your kitchen, bathroom or living area, tiles can add a splash of color and texture to your space. Fireclay Tile has changed the industry by finding innovative ways to make beautiful tiles out of recycled materials.
SUSTAINABLE BY DESIGN
Fireclay Tile products are handcrafted in the USA and make their tiles completely out of recycled content. They repurpose locally sourced materials like curbside porcelain, fireclay scrap, post-industrial granite dust and glass.
Fireclay Tile takes sustainability beyond their production practices. The company uses 100% recycled boxes and reuses packaging materials to reduce their waste. Fireclay Tile understands the importance of working towards a greener tomorrow through all facets of their business, without sacrificing the beauty and ingenuity of their products!
Laying down tile yourself can be challenging, but we've outlined the process in a few simple steps to make it a little easier for you!
First, design your tile layout.
Before ordering your tiles, measure the surface you want to cover and add 5% to the total amount of tiles you need, just in case some tiles arrive broken.
Before you start laying tiles, make sure you have these most important tools: tile spacers, level, tape measure, ¼” notched trowel, grout, tin set, grout sponge/towel, clean water, caulk.
Mix or get a pre-mixed tin set and apply it onto your wall with a V notched trowel using a sweeping motion to spread the tin set.
Adhesive dries fast so only cover a small area at a time and begin laying down your tile.
Start setting your tiles on the bottom of a vertical center line and make sure the base of the tile is parallel to the floor/countertop use tile spacers to leave a proper amount of room.
Firmly press each tile into the adhesive. Continue setting the tiles and use spacers to keep them even.
Mark the tiles that need to be cut and use diamond saw. You can try to lend it from someone in case this is just a one time DIY occasion.
Let the adhesive dry before you apply grout. Then remove tile spacers.
Spread out the grout across the surface of the dried tiles and pack it deep into the joints.
Clean the surface with a soft sponge. Rinse it often and make sure you don’t remove any from the joints.
Let it dry and after a hazy film appears on the tiles remove it with a clean, dry cloth, until the tiles shine.
Last step is to squeeze a thin layer of caulk into the joint on the bottom of the back splash.
If you order samples and don't end up using it, you can repurpose it in a few different ways!
Turn it into a stylish tray for your palo santo
Use it as a coaster for your coffee
Make a cute table tray