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Tile a Floor

Tile floors are beautiful and don't require much maintenance. Tile also offers a level of customization that other floors don't. You can play with patterns and designs to suit your taste. As durable as they may be, these thin, fragile slices of ceramic require some special care and preparation. Otherwise, they won't survive the parade of feet through an entry or the sudden spills in a bathroom or kitchen, where floors go from bone dry to sopping wet faster than you can say "puddle." Here's what you need to get the job done in less than a day.

For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, tools list, and more, see How to Tile a Floor.

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