Laying bathroom tiles is a job which can be either very simple or extremely difficult. It all depends, of course, on how many tiles you are laying and where exactly in the bathroom they need to go. Some people decide that the job at hand is completely out of their capabilities and so they hire the experts to do the task for them. However, if you decide you are going to have a go at it yourself, then here are a few tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes when laying bathroom tiles.
It’s all in the Preparation
The room needs to be properly prepared in advance when you are laying new bathroom tiles. The surface where you intend to lay the bathroom tiles needs to be both clean and smooth to enable you to get the tiles laid straight and even. A light sander taken over the surface, then a thorough cleaning and drying of the area will result in a professional look and the tiles will be well set.
You should also ensure that before you start you have around 15% more tiles than you need. This way, if you have any unexpected breakages or simply need more tiles than you think due to cutting out and around the walls and other items, you are not going to run out of bathroom tiles. It doesn’t matter if you have a few left over at the end of the job – they will always come in handy at some time in the future if any of the tiles you have used become cracked or discolored and need replacing.
The Right Adhesive
The adhesive you use can make the difference between a job well done and one that is “just okay” and for this reason you should be careful to get the right one. If you are placing bathroom tiles around the bath, shower or basin areas the adhesive will need to be of a waterproof nature. If you do not use a waterproof one you are sure to encounter many problems later on when the bathroom tiles crumble away from the wall due to all of the moisture getting in behind them. Remember the smallest crack will allow water in but the risk of this happening can so easily be taken care of by the use of the right adhesive.
How to Grout
Similar to adhesive, grouting if not done properly, can lead to numerous problems. Allow the bathroom tiles to set for 24 hours prior to grouting around and in-between the tiles. Spread the grout mixture evenly by using a squeegee or sponge and concentrate on doing small areas at a time. Ensure the grout has reached all the parts it should by running a dowel lightly over it and remove any excess grout as you go as it is much more difficult to get rid of it when it has been allowed to dry and set.