Welcome to our new how-to DIY series of blogs where we will provide you with step-by-step guides for tackling different DIY projects around your home. These steps include handy hints and tips to make doing it yourself easier and more manageable.
This month we're tackling bathroom tiling…
What you will need:
- The tiles, adhesive and grout you will be using (ask local tile shop for advice)
- Suretile Complete Tiling Kit – includes a tile lifter, a multi-tool and a pack of twenty uniplugs
- Tiletracker tiling aid
Prepare the wall surfaces to be tiled. They should be as flat as possible which may require additional skimming. Plan the layout of the tiles starting from the centre line on each wall and draw the outline of every tile. This will help to plan the position of patterned tiles/borders etc.
ALWAYS cut the bottom row of tiles down to the floor, skirting, bath or shower tray and cut the top row up to the ceiling. NEVER start tiling from the floor, bath/shower tray edge, skirting board or ceiling.
Start tiling off a batten. The Tiletracker is very quick and easy to use and is strong, free-standing and fully adjustable, so no drilling or nailing required. Make sure the Tiletracker is perfectly level using the adjustable legs and a level (multi-tool).
Spread adhesive first on a small area of the wall and then on the back of the tile to get maximum adhesion. Press firmly into place.
Check each tile as you go with the multi-tool to make sure it's flush with the adjacent tile to avoid lippage. If there's a gap under the edge of the multi-tool, the tile needs adjusting with the tile lifter/adjuster.
Re-usable, strong and easy to handle, the uniplug tile spacers should be placed at each corner intersection for perfect spacing. Each uniplug spacer is equivalent to four ordinary small peg spacers and they don't get left under the tiling. Use the uniplug tile spacers horizontally to perfectly align and space your tiles round corners.
Before the adhesive sets, it's very important to clear the grout lines of excess adhesive and other debris (little spacers if you're using them) using the multi-tool. The grout is one of the most important elements and a full depth is required for it to be fully effective.
When the adhesive has set, spread the grout into the grout lines making sure it's well packed in. A smooth grout finish is important to reject moisture build-up and reduce black mould growth. Just before the grout goes off, smooth it down with the multi-tool (two sizes – narrow and wide).
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