Beginning the tiling process can be confusing, especially when it comes to where to start. But today we are going to give you a few guidelines on how to get started and actually finish this job.
First of all, you need to ensure you have purchased your choice of authentic bathroom tiles. These could either be for the floor or for the walls, but they have to be made to suit the bathroom.
Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could choose either small or big tiles. Interior designers usually recommend small tiles for small spaces and large tiles for large spaces and yet others believes the opposite. So I recommend you pick out your sizes carefully depending on the feel you want to have in the space.
Always remember that it is your wallet that is going to pay the bill. So consider a kind of tile that will not strain your bank balance and will still deliver the desired or the near desired appearance in the space you have available.
The tiles you select should not be difficult to clean or maintain. They should give a good experience when installed and should be easy to clean.
After you have purchased your bathroom tiles, you also need to get some materials for their installation. This includes a tile cutter, a spirit level, steel floats or trowels, spacers, and a few buckets for mixing the mortar. You’ll also need any cement/adhesive of your choosing (mastic, epoxy or thinset) and water.
The tiling process
• Start by cleaning the entire space and remove all or any obstacles and dirt to prevent any contamination during work.
• Measure out your floor space while ensuring to properly mark out the space and dividing it into manageable segments like quadrants. These become easier to work with when laying starts.
• If you have concrete or mortar paste ground base, make a few small dents to create a rough surface for griping or receiving the mortar. But if you have a very smooth wooden floor base, you can apply a third party sub floor.
• Mark out which tiles will be going in every given space. Begin to cut out the tiles using the cutter to fit the marked spaces. Make proper spacing between tiles using the spacers.
• Fully mix a proper ratio of your adhesive with water to make an adequately thick and strong mortar paste. This will bind the tiles to the floor or wall firmly. Depends on which ever you are working on at that moment
• Start applying the mortar to a thickness of about 2 mm to 3 mm to provide an adequate adhesive for the tiles to be laid on.
• Lay the tile as planned and marked in their respective spaces and leave them to set.
• When they have set, clean up any messy joints to give a nice professional look.
Yes, it is that easy. If you keep all the above things in mind and follow the steps then is not difficult at all. This article is a complete guide for you to tile your bathroom. But if you’re still not ready, get in touch with one of our bathroom fitters who’d be happy to help you plan your dream-bathroom.