A Step-By-Step Guide To Tiling Your Bathroom Walls All By Yourself
If you plan on tiling your bathroom walls you might feel like carrying out the job yourself. Before you decide anything it’s probably a good idea to know what is involved, so we’ll look at all the steps you’ll need to complete if you want the job done right. It’s one of those jobs you can easily complete in a weekend if you have the right tools and materials.
Prepping the job
You will first need to assess the area you’re going to be tiling because the surface is almost as important as the tiles themselves. The wall will obviously need to be sitting flush because you can’t stick flat tiles to an uneven wall. Because you are tiling in the bathroom you will need to use a water-resistant backer board otherwise the tiles could come off when they get wet. You can also measure your walls properly and this will ensure you have a level top line so the tiles don’t end up running off on a tangent.
Laying them in position
Slow down a second because you don’t want to start sticking the tiles to the wall without first making sure they will sit correctly. You will need to do this on the floor, so use the measurements you have already taken and chalk out a replica of the area underneath where you’re going to be tiling. Don’t make the newbie mistake of forgetting to leave enough space between each tile. You will need to find out what the space should be because it will depend on the tiles you use.
Making any cuts
Once you have lain everything out you might find that you will need to make some cuts. Don’t worry about this because cutting a tile isn’t hard if you use the right tools. You might end up smashing a few, but nobody is perfect. Measure the size of the tiles you want to cut and draw them onto the glazed side of the tile using a marker pen. If you cut a tile from behind the finish will look terrible. Put the tile in a cutter and apply firm pressure to cut it before finally snapping the end off.
Adhering and grouting
Using the correct adhesive you will now apply it to the tiles evenly using a trowel. Start from the inside and work your way outwards sticking each tile to the wall. Make sure you set them with a slight diagonal twist because it will help the adhesive to spread. Follow the instructions which should tell you how long to leave the tiles before grouting them. Now follow the instructions and apply the grout making sure you force it in between each joint using a blunt tool.
The final touches
Don’t give up yet because you’re nearly finished. You just need to use a sponge to clean the grout off the face of the tiles. You need to carry out this step straight away and it could take a while before you get it off. Don’t let it dry otherwise you will face an impossible task of removing the grout without damaging your tiles, because it’s very hard to get off once it dries. Once everything looks good you can give it one more clean with a damp sponge then you’re done.
Don’t worry because it’s not too hard
If you don’t want to tile your bathroom walls yourself you can always hire a professional, but it’s not the most difficult job in the world as long as you follow the instructions. We’ve just looked at it briefly today to give you an idea of what is involved, but if you decide to carry out the job yourself you should prepare thoroughly before getting started.