I have some Mapei KER 121 thinset left over from installing floor ceramics.
We want to tile (2x2 inch) our kitchen counters - one is a 'dry' counter,
other is 'wet' - around the sink. I need a recommendation of the right
to use if the KER 121 isn't ok.
On the dry counter (about 2x4 feet) I have two 5/8 sheets of exterior grade
Around the sink (about 2x3 feet, minus the sink itself) I have a single
of 5/8 ply and a 1/2 inch sheet of backer board (DenShield).
Never done this before so any tips are appreciated.
That Mapei's modifed thinset is fine. Both substrates are sufficient as
well if there's no flex. I'd throw a stiffener underneath them if
possible. If space is tight, even a 1X flat would help. Anything else?
Are you dead set on tile? I worked as maid cleaning many different
houses during the summers when I was in high school and college, and I
feel compelled to warn you that tile counters are by far the WORST to
clean and keep clean. They're easy and cheap to put in, and they look
great when they're new, but I would never choose them for my house.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do :)
I would. Tiles are impervious to just about *anything* and are dead
simple to keep clean. It is the grout that gives people fits and that
is because they use a light colored grout. Use a dark one and the
problem goes away.
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Actually, while stained grout certainly sucks, my annoyance was with
crumbs catching in every grout line and goop stuck in in every
bubble-pore in every grout line. Granite, Silestone, formica, even
laminate... spray, wipe, and you're done. Tile, I found, was easiest
to dustbust/vacuum first, then sweep the grout lines, then spray and
wipe, then as often as not take an old toothbrush and a toothpick to
get the crap out of the grout lines. Seriously sucked. Almost as bad as
cleaning floor-to-ceiling mirrors in smokers' houses.
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