Mexican Floor Tiles...are the only thing I knew I wanted in our new kitchen. So I used them as a base for my Kitchen Design. We thought that with our infinite knowledge of old houses and floor tile (none what so ever) that we had this one under control. nope. Our house again has proven too old and witty.
We have about 3 layers of gross old linoleum, sparkles and all layered over the original hardwoods. With research we thought that we would put backboard over the linoleum with about 10 million screws and then pour thin set over them and set the tiles from there. We thought.
Our balloon was shot down down when my cabinet guy came over to take measurements.
He was walking around on the backer board, and 10 million screws and said "This is still very creaky." and he took about three steps and it creeeeaked again. I knew what he was about to tell me. "This floor needs more support that this. Did you put thin set under the backer board?". "No." And that's when the downward spiral began. He explained how we needed several things before we laid the tiles down and that even if we did those several things the tile would most likely crack in many places. I listened carefully & called casa husband, casa husbands mom, and then I called a reputable flooring company in town and we determined that in fact casa husband and I had been skipping many, many, many important steps for an old home like this one. Old homes take extra work, money, and knowledge. We are learning this room, by room.
If we where going to move forward with the project, and the floors we had to go another route or it would cost twice what we had budgeted for the whole project...not allowed per casa husband. So Mexican Floor Tiles out.
Okay all that was to say...
We have decided to remove all the 10 million screws, backer boards, and 3 layers of gross linoleum. We are going to try to get to the original hardwoods underneath and restore them. FUN? no.
It's a messy, time consuming, muscle aching endeavor. But it's worth it. I can see the floors and I know we made the right decision.