How to Walk on a New Ceramic Tile Floor

Ceramic tiles are a popular floor covering that provide superior protection. Laying ceramic tiles is a laborious process that involves cutting tiles, applying adhesive and laying the tiles. After the adhesive is dry the tile floor must be grouted and sealed. You should not walk on your new ceramic tile floor for at least 24 hours after the process is complete. If you must walk across a newly installed tile floor, you can do so carefully, with the use of a cloth-covered plank.

Keep off a newly laid ceramic tile floor for at least 24 hours.
  1. Wrap the drop cloth neatly around the board. Avoid wrinkles. Put on your work gloves and safety glasses. Use your staple gun to attach the cloth to the board. Place the staples along one side of the board in a straight line.

  2. Slide the cloth-covered board gently across the tiled floor. Keep the side of the board with the line of staples facing up. Push the board slowly into position, giving you a walkway to your destination.

  3. Remove your footwear and walk gently along the board. Take your time and walk slowly, to avoid disturbing the tiles.

  4. Retrieve the item you need, and move slowly back along the board and out of the room. Pull the board gently out of the room. Inspect the floor for damage.


  • Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using a staple gun.

About the Author

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.