How To Install Bathroom Tile
Learning how to install bathroom tile is a budget boosting move that can allow your bathroom remodel to be much cheaper than anticipated. It can also allow you to spend more money on other things. Installing bathroom tile is not as difficult as it may seem. The most important part is starting with a level row and maintaining that throughout the installation.
To install bathroom tile, you will need:
- Tile saw
- Tile nippers
- Cement backer board
- Fiberglass tape
How to install bathroom tile:
- Buying the tile. Before you begin to tile, you need to choose the tile you want to install in the bathroom. The size and style of the tile you choose will determine the type of mortar and size of trowel you will need. The larger the tile, the bigger size of a notch trowel you will need.
- Preparation. For a sturdy and moisture resistant start, you will want to install cement back board on the area to be tiled. Screw the backer board into place and cover the joints with fiberglass tape. Once the cement back board is in place, make a level starting line about ½-inch away from the end of the board.
- Applying the tile. Apply the mortar starting at the level line. Do not spread the mortar too far ahead or it can get too dry to be adhesive. Place the spacers between each tile to be sure to have the correct amount of room for grout. Once the first row is down, check for level and complete the next row. Be sure to check for level after finishing each row.
- Grouting. Once the tile has set to manufacturer specifications, it is time to grout. Remove the spacers and mix the grout according to the directions on the package. Use the float to apply the grout in a back and forth motion to work the grout into the spaces.
- Clean up. After you are done grouting, take the sponge and gently wipe the tiles to remove the haze. Repeat as many times as needed using clean water each time.