How to install bathroom tile

You have stepped from your tub on the floor long enough to know that tile would be the perfect solution. The problem is, laying tile seems as complex as rocket science.

Rest-assured, it’s not. These few simple steps provide the template you need to lay a beautiful tile floor that will please for years to come.

Step 1: Measure your Space

Measure the length and width of your floor to determine the number of tiles and amount of cement and grout you will need. Make a paper drawing. Use your math skills to determine the dimensions. Select the size and shape of tiles for your space.

Step 2: Prepare your sub-floor

Your bathroom more than likely has a solid sub-floor. Make sure it is clean, flat and structurally sound. Since tile is very heavy, you will want to check that your sub-floor is equally strong. You may want to install a cement backer on top of your sub-floor for extra sturdiness.

Step 3: Pick your design

Think about your design, pick point in the center of the floor, and mark it with chalk. You will work from this point to lay your tiles. This assures you will use as few tiles as possible and have a symmetrical design. You will also avoid having to custom-cut a lot of pieces.

Step 4: Get the setting material ready 

Thinset mortar is good for porcelain tile placed on cement backing board. If you have selected different materials, ask your supplier for advice. Read all directions on your setting material and then use a trowel to spread. Use the notched edge of the trowel to spread the adhesive into ridges.

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Step 5: Start laying your tile

Place full tile pieces at your starting point. Press down on the tile then work your way out. Put 1/8″ between each tile for the grout. Work quickly and wipe away excess with a moist sponge. Pound tiles into place using a rubber mallet.

Step 6: Cut the Tiles for the Edges

Work out from the center point and into corners. Plan and cut the tiles to fit. Wear protective eyes wear. Mark your cut lines with a pencil, then use a tile cutter for straight lines. The tile cutter scores the tile and you can snap the tile along that score. For smaller sections or cuts, use the tile nippers. A rod saw can be good for curves or edges. Smooth rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 7: Apply the grout

Mix the grout to a thick paste and apply in the space you left between the tiles. Press it between the tiles using a grout float. Pack the grout firmly and remove excess with the edge of the grout float.

Step 8: Remove excess grout

Wait about 20 minutes and use a damp sponge or towel to wipe away excess grout. Repeat the process in 20 minutes. You’re now ready to let the grout set for 24 hours. You should wet down the grout joints periodically with clean cold water during this time. After 24 hours, use a clean dry cloth to buff it dry.

Step 9: Enjoy your floor!

Stand back and take a bow. You did it!

If you have some problems with laying tile, or you don’t have proper tool for tiling, consider to  hire professional tilers from Brisbane or your town.

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