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When laying floor tiles, getting the room ready is the hardest part. Preparing the room for floor tiles is grunt work, but you’ll soon get to the fun part: laying tiles. You need a pry bar, hammer, nail set, floor cleaner, and lots of pizza for bribing friends and family to help.

Remove all the furniture in the room.

Remove all the furniture in the room.

You’ll need to clear everything out of the room.

Remove the existing flooring, if necessary.

Remove the existing flooring, if necessary.

You need a smooth surface to lay your tiles, so be sure to remove any existing flooring that is uneven, such as carpeting.

Pull the base shoe moldings away from the wall enough to see the closest nail.

Pull the base shoe moldings away from the wall enough to see the closest nail.

Carefully drive the pry bar between the floor and the molding and lever the molding away from the wall a bit. Peek between the molding and wall and find the closest nail.

Position the pry bar as close to the nail as possible and use a hammer to help remove base shoe moldings. (Use a nail set to drive a stubborn nail through the molding.)

Position the pry bar as close to the nail as possible and use a hammer to help remove base shoe moldings. (Use a nail set to drive a stubborn nail through the molding.)

Remove the pry bar and reinsert it as close to the nail as possible. Pry the molding loose at each nail to avoid breaking the molding. If a nail refuses to budge, use a nail set to drive the nail through the molding.

Pull out the nails from the walls, floor, and molding and clean the existing flooring.

Pull out the nails from the walls, floor, and molding and clean the existing flooring.

Be sure to remove all dirt and wax; the adhesive for the tiles won’t stick to a waxed or a dirty surface.

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Katharine Kaye McMillan is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to Florida Design Magazine and the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style, which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. Patricia Hart McMillan is a nationally known interior designer whose work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times and USA Today. A prolific writer, McMillan is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazine and reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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