It is much more durable than even Type 1 Mastic, and
is ideal for water prone areas.
There are a number of thinset mortar manufacturers
and products. I would suggest staying away from the fast setting thinset mortars
unless you are well familiar with the process of installing ceramic tile
You should read the instructions on the thinset
mortar package to determine the right ratio mixture of water and thinset,
however here are a few basic tips:
- The thinset mortar should be mixed with
cold/cool water until there are no lumps and the consistency is creamy smooth.
- Warm water should not be used, as this will
accelerate the setting time of the mortar.
- After the thinset mortar has been properly mixed it should be allowed to
sit for 5-10 minutes to allow it to slake. (The slaking action allows the
mortar to stiffen up a bit as the chemical bonding additives begin to work)
When installing ceramic tile flooring mix up only
enough thinset mortar for about 30-60 minutes of ceramic tile installation.
One 50 pound bag of thinset mortar will cover an
area of approximately 75-100 square feet, using a ¼” or 3/8” square notched
When installing the ceramic tile flooring, make
sure you wipe away the thinset mortar from around the edge of the tiles using a
slightly damp rag or a toothbrush. Otherwise, you will either spend an
inordinate amount of time scraping away the thinset mortar after it dries or
have the mortar visible as it pokes out around the grout lines.
If you are planning to use a light color grout you
should use white thinset mortar, and if you are planning to use a dark grout
color you should use a gray thinset mortar.
After installing the ceramic tile flooring allow
24-48 hours for the mortar to set up thoroughly.
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