Tiling a Bathroom
Tiling a bathroom may seem like a big DIY project, but following these simple steps will help you get your bathroom tiling project up and running in no time.
Ok first thing have you decided on tiles for the bathroom?
There is a massive selection of bathroom tiles available in a variety of colours shapes and textures from a variety of tiling suppliers. Deciding on the right tiles for the bathroom can be difficult but most good tiling suppliers will let you take samples home to see how they look in the bathroom.
Bathroom tiling may seem like a daunting task but most bathroom tiling projects can be completed within a weekend.
Bathroom Tiling Preparation
Before you get started tiling you should make sure that you have the correct tools for the job. You will need the following DIY tools
- Tile Cutter
- Tile Saw
- Bathroom Grout Spreader
- Spirit Level
- Tile Nibblers
- Adhesive Spreader
- Tile Cutting Jig
- Tile Spacers
Ok now we have the correct tools, we can get started with preparing the area to be tiled. Before you start it is essential to make sure that the walls in the bathroom are clean and dry. The surface should essentially be flat so you should remove wall paper and flaking paint (which is common in bathrooms).
Laying out the tiles
The size and shape of your bathroom will guide you with setting out the walls. First of all mark the bottom of the lowest row of tiles. It is a good idea to us a thin piece of wood in line with the mark, this is a good time to use the spirit level to ensure that everything in on the level. The best plan is to start from the centre and lay tiles out getting a feel for the number of tiles required to make one row. Re align the bathroom tiles to make sure that you are not cutting both ends because that would be a waste of time.
Applying the tiling adhesive
Always make sure that when you are tiling a bathroom you use a waterproof tiling adhesive. You don't want your tiles falling off the walls when they get wet. Tiling adhesive is normally sold ready mixed which I find is the easiest option. There are adhesives that require you to add water yourself but this job is messy enough without mixing your own.
Apply the tiling adhesive to the wall so that it covers about metre squared and using the jagged edge of the tile adhesive spreader make horizontal ridges in the adhesive. You are now ready to position the first tile. Line the tile up and ensure that it is securely fixed to the wall. Place a plastic tile spacer between tiles to ensure even spacing and enough space for the grouting. Continue to tile along the row until you get to the end.
DIY Focus Tiling Tip - use a damp sponge to wipe away excess adhesive.
Cutting the tiles
It is unavoidable you will have to cut tiles at some point during this project normally once you have tiled the main area.
Place the tile face down and mark where it needs to be cut with a felt pen. Remember to leave enough room for the normal tile spacing. Take the tile cutter and holding it against a straight edge score across the face of the tile. Use the cutter to finish the job.
Grouting and sealing the tiles
Use waterproof grout and I would recommend using a pre mixed paste. Check the colour as Grout is now available in a few different colours. This is a consideration when choosing tiles.
Allow at least 24 hours for the tile adhesive to set before attacking the tiles with grout. Use a rubber bladed spreader ensuring that all the gaps are filled.
Use the damp sponge to wipe clean before it sets and you are done job's a good un leave some time between finishing the job to using the bathroom a couple of days should do it.