Hexagon Laundry Room Tile #thetileshop @thetileshop

On our journey to rid our home of linoleum, we recently completed our next project: the Laundry Room!  We had to prep our floors in much the same way that we prep’d our kid’s bathroom floors.  It is important to take your time with your prep-work to be sure to lay a good foundation for your tile installation.  Again, this tile installed quite quickly.  And we LOVE our new Hexagon Travertine Tile Floors!

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Seriously this tile makes me smile!  We have tried to install tile in our home that would improve the value of our home and also look nice for a long time.  I am not sure that much in the design world is truly “timeless” but I did not want anything too trendy.


And every time I looked into our laundry room, I yearned for something fun!  This beautiful travertine hexagon tile was the perfect combination of a timeless travertine tile, but in a fun and unique shape! 

We both thought it would be perfect laundry room tile!


I see my laundry room every time I walk up my stairs and this room truly makes me smile now!  I love how it turned out!
 
Here is how it looked before:

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Here is a basic supply list of what we used to complete this project.  (Thank you to The Tile Shop for sending us many of these supplies in order to complete our project.)  (Note: may contain affiliate links)

Supplies

Here is how you will install new tile floors!

How Much Tile Do I Need?

To figure out how much tile you will need for your job, you will take the square footage of your room (length times width) and add an additional 10%.  Then round up to the next full box size and order that many boxes. 

You want to account for a bit of breakage as well as cuts and mistakes and this formula accounts for that.

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Demo and Prep

See HERE for more information about our Demo.  But for us it was fairly easy.  We removed our quarter-round molding, ripped up our linoleum and then had to rip out a layer of plywood that was installed on our sub-floor.  

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The plywood shattered and created an awful mess and there were nails everywhere that we had to either pull out or nail further into the sub-floor. 

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 Either way you want your wood sub-floor to be as smooth as possible. 

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Install Concrete Backer Board

And see HERE for more information on how to install concrete backer board..


Where to Begin My Tile?

See HERE for more information on how to lay your tile and where to begin.

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Cut Tile

At this point I am comfortable with a tile saw!  It is a great tool to have and you definitely need to invest in a decent one if you plan to do multiple tiling projects.  

Go HERE to read tips and tricks for using and purchasing a tile saw.

Please be sure to use eye and ear protection when using a tile saw.  And always read manufacture instructions and use common sense!  While tile saws are easy to use, you do want to be careful to not injure yourself!  

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Thinset (mortar)

Mix your thinset powdered mixture with water until it is a toothpaste-like consistency.  We used a mortar mixing paddle attached to our drill and it was really easy and quick!  If you just need a little bit though you can mix it by hand.

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Lay Your Tile

I’ve talked before (here) about different ways to install your tile: from back-buttering your tile to applying the thinset directly to the floor, you can read more about your options HERE.  

But because this was a fairly small room with uncomplicated cuts, we knew we could completely lay the tile in one day.  So we spread the thinset directly onto the concrete backer board using our notched trowel. 

You will spread thinset directly onto your backer board and then you will hold the notched trowel at a 45 degree angle to the floor to create grooves.  These grooves allow for the tile to be put into place without the thinset expanding too much.  

Because this really awesome hexagon tile came in a 12″ x 12″ sheet on a mesh backing, it laid down really quickly!

As you are installing your tile, be sure that your tile is level and no edge is sticking up too far as you lay your tiles.

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Spacers

Our tile pattern was predetermined and came on a 12″ x 12″ mesh backing.  And we could have used spacers in between each sheet, but, honestly, we ended up eyeballing a lot of it.  (That is probably not the “professional” way to do it, but it worked for us.)  

There were a few areas we needed spacers in, but mostly, we didn’t use them.  However, spacers make a great tool to scrape out any extra thinset that oozes out between the tiles.  

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Grout

Be sure to let your thinset dry completely prior to grouting.  (The thinset and grout instructions give time frames to follow).  Mix the powdered grout mixture with your grout admixture until it is a toothpaste-like consistency.  
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Use your grout float at a 45 degree angle to apply your grout.  Be sure you don’t miss any spots and be sure that the grout fills the grout lines completely.  Because our tiles were fairly small and the grout lines a bit on the larger size in my opinion, this room took a lot of grout, but it was well worth the effort!

You will work one area at a time and every 15 minutes or so, take a break and wipe the area you were working on with a wet sponge.  

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De-Hazing

Let your grout completely set (again refer to the grout instructions for exact dry time) and then use Poultice Stain Remover to clean the grout haze off of your tile.  Follow the instructions on the back of the container, but basically you will pour your powder onto your tile and scrub it with a wet bristle brush.  

Work one area at a time, and then wipe it off with a clean wet sponge and/or paper towels.   

Seal

You will need to wait to seal your tile until about 48-72 hours after you have de-hazed your tile.  
Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle, but basically you will wipe a coat of sealer onto your tile using a sealer sponge.  Let the sealer soak into the stone for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth.  Wait about 30 minutes and repeat with a second coat of sealer if needed.

You will know if you have enough sealer on your floor by doing a drip test.  Drip a few drops of water onto your stone and if the water beads up, you do not need another coat of sealer.  If the water absorbs into the stone, you will want to apply another coat of sealer to your stone.

Be sure to follow all manufacture instructions and let your sealer dry completely prior to use.
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After the sealer was completely set, we re-installed our molding using our Ryobi AirStrike and then we put our washer and dryer back into our laundry room!  

And boy, did I ever have a huge pile of laundry to do!! 

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But at least I had a beautiful laundry room to do my laundry piles in!

If you ever encounter issues while installing your new tile floors, take the time to seek the help of a professional!  

We love our laundry room transformation!  

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As always, I am no professional.  I am just sharing how we installed our Tile Floors!  Be sure to read and follow ALL manufacture instructions prior to completing any project like this.  Be sure to take all necessary safety precautions.  And if you get stuck, you may need to hire a professional.  

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    • says

      Thank you Chrissy!<br /><br />We have a white tub under our washing machine for worst case scenario. I have never had my washing machine leak…knock on wood…but we are on a second story so if it did it could be pretty disastrous! We also have a built in drain in our laundry room and the white tub has a spout that leads right into it. So in theory, if we were ever to have something go wrong

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