How To Tile A Bathroom Wall?

How To Tile A Bathroom Wall? – Although a professional tiler may have years of experience when it comes to fitting wall tiles, the average DIYer can obtain a professional looking finish if they have the right tools, some clear instructions and a bit of patience. Even if you have absolutely no experience you should be able to complete a small to medium sized bathroom in a weekend and it can add a really fantastic finish to the room plus wall tiles also provide a waterproof barrier. There are a few essential tools required in order to successfully fix wall bathroom tiles, these can include a tile cutter or tile saw (electric cutters are slightly more expensive but are excellent value), an adhesive spreader, a grout spreader, tile spacers and a spirit level.


Before fixing the tiles you must ensure that your walls are clean, dry and as flat as possible. The shape and size of your bathroom will ultimately determine how much tile cutting is involved but if you have a good tile cutter and a few spare wall tiles then even tricky cutting is pretty straight-forward. Start with the lowest row of wall tiles first and work up the wall from bottom to top. If your tiling includes openings such as a window, use this as the starting point to ensure that the wall tiles are equal around it. When tiling round a window always ensure that the cut wall tiles are placed at the back of the reveal.

If the area is to come into contact with water (highly likely in a bathroom) ensure that you use a waterproof adhesive. Most come ready-mixed nowadays although mixing it with water is an easy procedure. Work on areas around one meter square for ease and to ensure that the adhesive doesn’t dry before you get to fixing the wall tiles to it. Fix your first tile to the adhesive and then use spacers to separate the rest of the wall tiles you stick. Use a damp sponge to then wipe away excess adhesive from the surface of the wall bathroom tiles.

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When cutting wall tiles use a felt-tip pen to mark then which can then be wiped off so that no marks are left on the surface. If using a manual tile cutter, score the tile and then snap it, if using an electric cutter simply line up you marked line with the blade. Once cut, smooth any sharp edges with a tile sander.

It is vital that you use a waterproof grout if the wall tiles are to be used as a covering around a bath or in a shower. Allow the tile to set for 24 hours on the wall before applying grout, this will ensure that the adhesive has fully set. Apply the grout and make sure that all joints are adequately filled. Wipe away excess and use a grout finisher to smooth the joints. Do not rely on grout to provide a completely waterproof seal on its own, when tiling around a bath or in shower ensure that a waterproof sealant is used to seal the gap between the bottom tiles and the bath or shower unit.


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