Talavera tile is applied either horizontally or vertically. The easiest application would be to place the tile vertically because there is much less impact or weight factors involved. Conventional tile installation would be the norm here.

Horizontally installed tiles require increased care. Make sure that the receiving surface area is flat and free of debris. A Portland Cement-type thin-set adhesive should be applied to the back part of the tile as well as the receiving surface.

The grouting should be carefully similar in color to the tile design. Grout joint width can vary depending on the architectural design or look desired. Usually the wider the grout joint, a rougher or thicker sand/Portland Cement is recommended.

Grout texture can be smoother when incorporating a smaller and slightly rounded trowel to slightly indent the grouting. A rougher grout can be attained by carefully rubbing the grout joint even with the tile surface with a cloth material soon after the grout has started to firm a little.

The sealing and finishing is the next step after the grout has completely dried. A clear, thin layer of a water repellant substance would act as a protective coating on both the tile and grouting.

Lastly, apply the final coats of sealer to the grouting area. There is no need to add sealer to the face of the tile because it already has a glaze covering. A thin coating each application is recommended to minimize blushing or the chance of a milky coloring forming within the coating itself. A small brush works best when applying sealer to the grout joint.

As with any constructing project, it is recommended that the person should have a professional tile installer involved or at the minimum, proper planning and know-how if undertaken by yourself.