Bathroom tiling isn’t something everyone feels confident about doing. However, learning the basics of tiling a bathroom doesn’t have to be daunting. Learning how to tile a bathroom can be simple as long as you make the necessary preparations. Practice makes perfect. A great start would be to follow these handy tips by professional tiling contractors in Cape Town.
Step 1: Clean and Prep
You need to make sure the surface is prepared properly before you can start tiling a bathroom. If not, you can’t expect professional-looking results once finished. Remove all paint, wallpaper and old adhesive and clean walls to remove any dirt and grime.
Step 2: Space Tiles Properly
One of the easiest ways to properly lay your tiles is to use a gauge stick. If you don’t have one, you can easily make one by using a length of wood and marking it with the size of your tiles.
Step 3: Start Laying Tiles on the Wall
When it’s time to lay the tiles on the wall, start at the bottom and work your way up. Place a tile against the wall and add a spacer to the side. This will help you secure tiles to the wall by leaving room for adhesive.
Step 4: Apply Tile Adhesive
Often tile adhesives come pre-mixed, so you won’t need to spend time mixing it yourself. You’ll need a notched trowel to apply and evenly spread the waterproof adhesive across the whole area.
Step 5: Mix and Apply Grout
Before you can start to grout your tiles, you’ll need to wait for the adhesive to dry thoroughly. To mix the grout, put it in a clean bucket and add water. You can add extra water to get the right consistency.
Start working the grout directly onto the tiles with a sponge and trowel. Wait for it to sink into the surface properly before adding more grout to the area. Let it dry completely.