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A Covering Floor Tiles Solution

Tired of Tiles? We Don’t Blame You, So Let’s Talk About Covering Floor Tiles.

A KFC restaurant with tiles being covered by contractor.KFC restaurant receives final coat covering over old floor tiles.

It is difficult to imagine why someone would wish to cover up old floor tiles with additional tiles, but it can be done. The steps are distressing, dirty, and exceedingly time consuming, but one would have to accomplish the following in this order:

• Clean tiles with trisodium phosphate. (Danger: this is a very dangerous chemical! Be sure that none is inhaled nor spilled on your skin. The number of the National Poison Control Center is 1-800-222-1222.)

Remove all contaminants that will prevent good adhesion, such as grease or wax.

• Apply a floor leveler or apply a cement underlayment. Underlayment must be carefully troweled on, and must dry at least 24 hours before proceeding.

• Apply thin set and re-tile floor over old tile.


You may wish to go through the aggravating work of removing the old tile by the use of a jackhammer or by hand with a regular hammer or sledge hammer, creating an astonishing dusty mess that will leave dust in its wake for weeks! Be sure to wear a mask against the dust created for your own safety before covering floor tiles.


You might decide to take the easy way out and instead use Silikal for covering floor tiles. Your old tile may have come away from the substrate because the grout joints have deteriorated. This has probably allowed all manner of dirt and bacteria to enter under the tile creating a cleaning nightmare and it may even have produced a very bad odor problem. Even worse, your tiles may have become soaked with various kinds of oils and thus have been rendered extremely slippery. If there was ever any slip resistant tile coating on the tile, it may have long ago disappeared, and now slips and falls are common. No wonder you want to cover them!

When Silikal is applied over the tile it will bond to that tile and never allow penetration of any kinds of liquids because it is impermeable and completely pin-hole free. When mounted with an integral cove base, it provides a seamless, monolithic surface! In addition, Silikal will thus create a slip-resistant coating over your dangerous tile.

Tile is often some of the most beautiful flooring available, therefore many people have utilized transparent Silikal to see the tile underneath, yet totally protect it. That’s using Silikal at its and once properly applied, it’s ready to work upon in only one hour!

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