Recently I laid some tiles (12x12) in my kitchen on a plain concrete
surface, these were supposed to be self sticking but of late some of them
are beginning to separate from the concrete. Any tips? Did I do something
wrong? Should I have put down a mastic before laying the tiles? any
comments appreciated. I thought they would stick to the concrete as I had
previously laid some in the Bath room on a tiled surface and had no
The tiles I laid in my house on concrete (Home Depot types) called for a
concrete sealer which I used, and works great. I have a little trouble with
some edges where there has been moisture (autistic 7 year old and kitchen
faucet, I'm sure you can imagine) but other that that, no trouble. Perhaps
that is it.
Some are great - some just plain have a 9.5 suck factor. Some things that
could cause the problem are the age of the tiles (although you may have
recently purchased them - I've seen some in Lowe's that had a mfg date on
the side of the box that was over 1-1/2 years old (strange since Lowe's
rotates stock to different locations every 6-8 months if an it doesn't
sell.) Another cause could have been dust on your floor prior to
installation. I would get a vinyl tile adhesive and re-apply the ones that
are coming up. It's quite possible that the entire floor may be done when
it's all over.
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