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Old 08-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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So while I was tilling I was noticing how excess mortar comes up between the tiles as youre putting them down. I didnt think much of it and just because I thought it looked messy would smooth some out if it looked like it was too much. But now that Im about to grout Im thinking I should have cleaned it all out or almost all of it out as I was tiling. How much mortar can you have in the seams between tile?

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Oh,boy---yes you should have cleaned that out as you set the tiles---or knifed out the excess the morning of the next day when it was still somewhat soft---

how hard is it now? Can you still cut out that squeeze up with a utility knife?

If it's to hard--I suggest you buy a cheap multi tool and a diamond moon blade---even a wood blade will work,but not for long---you have some work cut out for yourself----that mud needs to be removed almost as deep as the bottom of the tile---

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I have a Harbor freight multi-tool--they have two one is about $20--the better one is on sale regularly for about $35---diamond moon blade about $20 or less---
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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So as youre tiling you need to clean out all the mortar between tiles?
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #5
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Not all of it--only what comes within 1/4" or so from the face of the tile---
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Well I do have a dremel multi tool. Ill have to get one of those bits though. The floor will be easy. bath not so much.
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Don't know if I can explain with out pics but if you butt the tiles against the one already laid then drop it in place instead of sliding it you won't get all that thin set between the tiles.
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Don't know if I can explain with out pics but if you butt the tiles against the one already laid then drop it in place instead of sliding it you won't get all that thin set between the tiles.
I think I know what youre talking about and did do that some but not on every tile.
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I use a triangle-head grout removal tool and that takes out enough grout. I like to get on it the next day, or at least within 2 days for easy removal. Sometimes for tight places, I will use a utility knife.
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Don't know if I can explain with out pics but if you butt the tiles against the one already laid then drop it in place instead of sliding it you won't get all that thin set between the tiles.
I agree with ToolSeeker. This is the way I learned how to tile. Also using just enough mortar to cover the tile minus a 1/2 inch around the perimeter of each tile to avoid excess mortar squeezing between tiles. If it isn't too hard yet, a utility knife should work just fine. Good luck
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Oh its plenty hard now Im sure.
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I agree with ToolSeeker. This is the way I learned how to tile. Also using just enough mortar to cover the tile minus a 1/2 inch around the perimeter of each tile to avoid excess mortar squeezing between tiles. If it isn't too hard yet, a utility knife should work just fine. Good luck
you need 100% coverage under the tile. Tile is brittle. the thin set supports the tile. Use the right size trowel based on the size of the tile. The scale is on the bag of thin set.

Clean as you go.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #13
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Well, I spent the day cleaning out the excess mortar. Used the multi-tool. Chipped the edges of some of the tile but theyre pretty small chips no one will probably notice. Got to love learning the hard way.

New question, there are some smears of mortar on the tile that will probably come up with cleaner and a brush. What would be a good cleaner to get this stuff up?
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vinegar and a white scrub pad--green if it's porcelain.---a razor if the tile is smooth---
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vinegar and a white scrub pad--green if it's porcelain.---a razor if the tile is smooth---

white scrub pad if its ceramic, green pad if its porcelain? why is that? i dont think i have ether of those colors. i have blue.

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