How to Install Tiles

Pro tip: Before purchasing anything, double check measurements, and order a sample to test on your surface!

For more details on tiles, check our FAQs.

Please double check the measurements for your project and space before purchasing any products. We strongly recommend ordering a sample prior to placing an order, as that’s the only surefire way to know what the product will look like in your space and how it might stick to your surface.

To ensure colour accuracy, we strongly recommend customers to purchase all the materials required for their projects at the same time – each tile is printed to order, and separate print runs can have slight shifts of colour.

1. Prepare Your Space

Before any installation takes place, a good cleaning is required to ensure the tiles will adhere properly to the surface. Floor tiles need to be installed on a clean, dry, secure and smooth surface. The space must be cleaned and all grease and dirt must be removed prior to installing.

How to clean your space?

Sweep, dust and vacuum your surface. Then, with a mild cleaning solution, mop or wipe the surface (or backsplash) with a cloth. The surface needs to be completely clean and dry before any installation can proceed. We recommend waiting 24 hours after cleaning to begin installation.  

Once the tiles arrive, lay them flat on the surface where you will be installing them to ensure they acclimate to the room temperature for 24 hours.

What surfaces can I install floor tiles on?

Otto Studio uses a low tack, renter-friendly adhesive that is designed to be installed and removed without any damage to your floors. However, all floors are different. We cannot guarantee that our adhesives won’t cause damage to your floors when removing. We highly recommend ordering a single tile sample to test in your space before moving forward with the full installation. 

We recommend installing our floor tiles on smooth surfaces. Installing our tiles on textured surfaces may result in tile edges lifting, and in extreme cases being punctured.

We do not recommend installing our floor tiles on:

 

  • Loose, uneven and/or bumpy flooring 
  • Hardwood, as it may pull varnish if left installed for a long period of time.
  • Areas that may be exposed to excessive moisture and outdoor spaces that are not covered 
  • Highly textured flooring 
  • Concrete textures 
  • There may be issues with deep grout recesses, however moderate/standard grout lines have been tested to work
2. Lay out the tiles

Without removing the adhesive on the back of the tiles, arrange the tiles in your space to ensure you have enough materials for the install. We typically recommend to start laying the tiles at the centre of the room so you can work out from there. 

It will be easier to assess how many outer edges there are to trim. Repeat this step until you feel confident and like the layout of the tiles in your space.

3. Begin the Installation

Starting from the centre of your space, remove the adhesive from the back of a tile and smooth the tile into place. Starting from the middle of the tile, press the tile firmly into the space and use the smoothing tool to remove any bubbles. Try not to touch the adhesive in the back as we want to reduce the amount of dust, dirt and oils coming into contact with the tile. 

If there is a pattern, rotate the tile until the pattern matches. If you are installing on a surface without grout lines, install the next tile firmly against the first tile so they are side-by-side.

Please do not overlap the tiles in any way as this may cause the tiles to peel over time. 

Pro tip: To install tiles against the outer edges of your space, use the smoothing tool to firmly tighten the tile against the edge. You can then take an exacto-knife or sharp blade to trim the excess. Work on the installation in sections and/or quarters and apply the tiles one by one.

Once you have finished the installation, we highly recommend using a smoothing tool to press the tiles firmly into the space one last time. 

4. Cleaning your tiles

You’re off the hook to clean for at least 5 days! You need to ensure that the tiles have fully adhered to the floor before applying any cleaning products to the surface. 

After 5 days, you can sweep, dust and vacuum. Once you have cleaned up any debris, use a mild cleaning solution to mop and wipe the surface. 

We do not recommend using harsh chemicals, bleach, strong detergents or using large amounts of water. When you are cleaning, ensure that any large amounts of moisture is removed as quickly as possible.

5. Maintenance

Congrats! You’ve finished the installation. 

To ensure the longevity of your installed area, clean your tiles as outlined in the details above. If you have any questions or need support, reach out to us at [email protected]!