Bathroom tiling is a good way of giving your house that nice finish you have been wishing to see. It is an affordable way to give the bathroom a nice, polished look. The easiest way to do this is obviously by contacting a tiling expert and asking him to do the job for you.
However, if you wish to save a few bucks and learn a thing or two along the way, there is good news; you can do it yourself. Here are the steps that you need to follow.
Step 1- Planning the Work
The best place to start off is planning and preparation. First, you need to establish the exact size of your bathroom walls and floor. This will help you to calculate the number of tiles required. It will also help in establishing the possible waste that may be incurred in the course of your work.
You can establish the number of tiles you will require by visiting a manufacturer’s or supplier’s website for direction. They normally indicate the number of tiles required for any given space. After knowing your requirements, add a waste margin of 10%.
Step 2 – Gauging and Marking the Surfaces
The second step is to mark out the wall itself, to determine the exact places where the tiles will be placed. Use a tile gauging stick to do this. First, determine the length and the width of each wall by measuring it out. Then determine the center by halving the measurements obtained. This will give you the center point of each wall.
Then use a spirit level and a pencil to mark out a vertical line on each wall. This will guide your gauging sticks while marking out the walls. Then draw vertical and horizontal lines each wall using the markers on the gauging sticks. This same process should be repeated with the bathroom floor. This will help you balance out the layout including the edges that require cutting.
Step 3 – Laying the Tiles
The first tile should be placed from the floor level and propped up. Use spacers to leave a gap for grouting and fixing of the floor tiles. Apply adhesive on the tile using a notched trowel to give it a firmer grip. Then place the tile in position and press it gently along the markings made earlier.
Repeat this process with the rest of the tiles to the top of the wall. Ensure you use the spacers after each tile to give a balanced spacing. Repeat the process vertically and horizontally, leaving the edges that require trimming and cutting.
Step 4 – Cutting and Trimming
Trimming and cutting is a must for bathroom tilling . This is normally done on edges, curves, and where the tiles meet the tab or bath lip. The best way to do this is to hold the tile in the space where it needs to be fixed and to make markings on both ends of the part that should be cut. Place the tile on the cutter ensuring that the blades line up perfectly to avoid breakage. Snap the cutter along the scored line. Then place each piece in its place.
Making shaped cuts, e.g. when a tile needs to be fitted into a gauge, use a tile saw. Mark out the part that needs to be cut and cut them out with the saw. Remember to have your gloves and goggles on for safety. Apply adhesive and fit it into the gauge with proper spacing. Complete the wall and floor using this process!
Step 5 – Finishing
The first type of finish required is to fit in wall trims. These are requirements for safety and for a polished final look. First apply adhesive on each edge. Then cut each wall trim according to the size of the edge that requires covering and spread it out. The second finish is grouting. Third step should be done once the tiles have dried up for a while.
Check out the formula of mixing grout and water properly and then use a trowel to apply it to the faces of the tiles. Work the grout properly into the joints to ensure proper filling. Scrap and wipe out any excess with rags. Leave the grout to dry for 15 minutes, then wipe the tiles with a damp sponge. Ensure you don’t dig out the grout.
Definitely, your bathroom tiling is a success!