Planning to add a touch of renovation to your bathroom by adding tiles? If you are up for the challenge, you can work on the DIY method to install the tiles in your bathroom (warning: you should do this only if you trust your skills enough).
Whether you are aiming for the walls to get tiled or the tiling on floors, we got you covered in both cases.
The first thing you need to choose is your tiles – you can opt for porcelain or ceramic; they are both practical choices that also radiate style. The best part about ceramic and porcelain tiles is that the water can not penetrate through them; this protects the other parts of your house from getting drenched.
Tiling your bathroom can be a cost-effective way to give a total turnaround to the place.
Things That Are Required For Tiling
You will need some things for the process of tiling. These include:
- Measuring Tape
- A grout
- Spacers for tiles
- Required Tiles
- Adhesive for tiles
- Felt-tip or a pencil to mark
- Spirit level
- Length of wood for a gauging stick
- Cutter for tiles
- Tile File
- Grout Spreader
- Grout Finisher
- Spare clothes
- Notch Towel
How To Tile A Bathroom
The first step includes calculating how many tiles you need for the bathroom. When you are done with the measuring, add ten per cent to the amount to make up for any breakages that may occur later, or they can also be used as spares if needed.
Begin with preparing the walls first. Sand the walls and ensure that they are clean and flat.
If your tiles are constructed from a porous material, you need to seal them in order to begin.
You should opt to achieve a symmetrical design, and this can be done by using the wood as a gauging stick; the size of the wood should exceed more than half of the wall that is to be tiled. You can place them on the floor and utilise the spacers and tiles along the length of the stick, using a felt tip or a pencil to make markings on the wood.
Find out the width of the tile by repeating the same procedure (place it widthways this time, though). After measuring the width, use a pencil and make a vertical line extending at the midway point. You would be getting vertical and horizontal lines that are supposed to be intersecting each other right at the centre.
The gauging stick is supposed to be used in order to let you know the start and end of the tiles, and the marks will allow you to make a judgement. While setting the tiles, you need to ensure that the last, first, left, and right tiles are of equal sizes.
You must be able to place the very first tile along with the spacers and mark where the cutting needs to be done. Proceed with the cutting.
You can use a notched trowel that can help apply the adhesive to the backside of the tile, and then you can press it into the place.
Repeat this process with the entire tiles and place the tile spacers in the middle so that there is room left for grouting. When the tiles are placed, allow them to dry.
Use a grout for applying grout on the walls; make sure you get the spaces in between and do this without any trace of air bubbles. You are supposed to wipe off any excess grout from there. Leave the tiles as they are for fifteen minutes, and then clean up the tile with a damp cloth.
Spray grout protectors on the tiles so that the limescale or water does not permeate the grout.