Achieve a Removable Tile Installation with a Special Non-drying Paste Bonding Coat, Thin-Skin Tile Underlayment and Standard Thin-set Mortar

Attain the look and performance of a permanent ceramic tile installation that is actually removable tile prepared initially with a special non-drying paste bonding coat and fabric-like Thin-Skin tile underlayment from Tavy Enterprises. Applied on top of these special products, standard thin-set mortar and ceramic tile last, but lift easily with a small pry bar, minimal debris, and water clean-up.

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Step 1

Skim on a Paste Bonding Coat for the Removable Tile

Use a tile trowel's smooth edge to skim a bonding coat of 008 Easy to Eliminate paste compound onto the prepared subflooring for the removable tile. Apply more and furrow it with the thin notched side of a tile trowel.

Step 2

Lay Thin-Skin Tile Underlayment for the Removable Tile Bed

Press Tavy Thin-Skin Tile Underlayment onto the paste and smooth with a putty knife. The fiber sheets add no additional thickness or weight to the subfloor, but bond with the paste to securely receive mortar and tile.

Step 3

Mix Thin-set Mortar for the Removable Tile Bed

Attach a paddle mixer to an electric drill and blend standard thin-set mortar in a bucket. It should be mixed to a ketchup-like consistency for the removable tile and allowed to slake for a few minutes, per directions.

Step 4

Trowel Thin-set Mortar onto the Underlayment for the Removable Tile

Spread the thin-set mortar over the Thin-Skin underlayment to ensure a uniform mortar bed for the removable tile. Use the notched end of a trowel with 1/4-inch square notches to rake the thin-set into consistent ridges and furrows.

Step 5

Butter the Backs of Removable Tiles 12-Inches Square or Larger

Back-butter larger tiles in the removable tile project to ensure a long-lasting crack free installation. Ensuring the hollows on the back of the tile are coated in mortar will provide the proper support and adherence to the mortar bed.

Step 6

Set the Removable Tiles So That the Edges Touch Initially

Position tiles with edges touching, pressing them down by hand. Slide them side-to-side to evenly distribute the mortar, and then pull each away from the adjacent tile to keep the joints clear of excess cement. Tap with a mallet.

Step 7

Find High Removable Tile Edges with a Tile Puck

Pass a Tile Puck over the surface to find uneven tiles, noting the click that identifies high removable tile edges as it moves across joints. Tap high edges with a rubber mallet and retest before the mortar sets.

Step 8

Insert Tile Spacers between Adjacent Removable Tiles

Ensure even grout seams between removable tiles with Tavy's two-sided tile spacers. One side of the vinyl spacers maintains the position of four intersecting corner joints, while the other keeps tile sides parallel. Tap with a mallet towards the center.

Step 9

Lift Removable Tiles with a Pry Bar or Putty Knife

Loosen removable tiles long after the mortar and grout joints harden. Insert a pry bar beneath the Tavy Thin-Skin underlayment to remove it as a single layer. Scrape the non-drying paste compound off with a putty knife. Clean with water.


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