Bathroom Tile Installation – You Can Do It On Your Own
Although installing bathroom tile in your home might sound like a huge undertaking – once you complete the project you will receive satisfaction each time you walk on your new floor. If you simply follow directions on the installation it will be an easier project than you anticipate.
Aside from having your tiles ready you will also need a number of other items before you begin your new project. These inclue a tile cutter, waterproof grout, a rubber float, a sponge, mildew resistant caulk, a HardiBacker cement board, and a notched trowel. You will also need a simple pencil, a notched trowel, tile adhesive, a level, along with the tiles and spacers. If you cannot find any of these specific items check with the place where you purchased your tiles to see if they can loan you what you might need.
You need to make certain your bathroom walls and floors are clean. Once you have made certain about this you will need to determine that the area is dry and perfectly flat. If there are any tiles on the floor then they need to be removed before beginning. Now you are ready to find the center of your bathroom. Once you have made this determination you will want to ‘dry fit’ your tiles to make certain the pattern ends similarly on the edges. You will need your pencil here to mark your horizontal and vertial lines where this is appropriate. Make certain your tile size is consistent as each one approaches the end point.
Use your notched trowel to apply the bathroom tile adhesive. Start in the middle of the floor. Next, set the bathroom tiles into the adhesive. Place the spacers in-between each tile as you go. Make certain that each tile has a good bond by giving it a little twist. You will need to cut the tiles in order to fit the ends. Some of the tiles may have sharp edges. Use some sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Once the tiles have been placed they need to set in the adhesive overnight. When you return to your project you can now remove the tile spacers. Next, it is time to mix the grout (follow the directions the manufacturer has supplied). Use your rubber float to apply the grout to the bathroom tiles. Make certain you are at a 45 degree angle. Use your wet sponge to remove any excessive grout. Once this is completed wait for about one hour. Now check for ‘grout haze on the bathroom tiles. Once again, use your sponge to wipe the tiles clean. The final step is to use the mildew resistant caulk to seal the edges. You now have a work of art – a project you created!