How To Lay Bathroom Tile
How to lay bathroom tile can be a little tricky especially if its your first time doing so. Luckily with the access to the Internet and dozens of do-it-yourself channels, home improvement shows, and books written about the topic, anyone can do it. Plus if you ever decide to sell your home, the bathroom and the kitchen are sometimes the make-or-break of any home purchase.
Materials needed to complete this tasks will be:
- your choice of porcelain or ceramic tile, grout, thinset or mortar
- trowel to lay the thinset down
- 1/4 spacers
- grout sealer
- tile saw or wet saw
- tile nippers
- backer board
- thinset or mortar
- two or five gallon bucket of water
- grouting sponge
- First step is to remove the toilet from the room. When doing this be sure to cut the water supply that is running to the toilet off.
- Flush the toilet so that all the water in the tank has been removed from the toilet. With an adjustable wrench remove the bolts from the bottom of the tank and the base of the toilet.
- With the tank disassembled remove it from the room. Place a rag in the hole that the toilet came out so that their are not fumes coming from the place that you removed the toilet from.
- Whatever kind of flooring is down needs to be removed if its vinyl flooring. (if you are removing vinyl then peel as much as you can up and then place a product called adhesive remover down. Once the product is down place a clear plastic sheeting down over the ground. Let it set for at least 30 minutes and then begin the removal).
- Now that you have completely cleaned the floor off its now time to lay out a pattern with the tile. Begin tiling from the inside and work your way out.
- Once you have done that then remove the tile and snap a line that intersects the center of the room.
- Mix your thinset and begin to apply it to the floor in small sections begin tiling after you lay every tile down place a spacer in between and continue until the floor is completely done.
- With the floor completely tiled now go ahead and remove the spacers once its dried.
- With the floor done mix up the grout that you have chosen to use. Do this with a grout float. When putting the grout down use a 45 degree angle to apply it.
- Once you have done the grouting then wipe off the haze and excess created by the tile being applied over the tile.
- Last, but not least, go over your tile and apply a sealer you can either mop it on or you can do a hand sealer.
- Reinstall the toilet to the hookups.
With these simple steps you should be able to make your bathroom floor look amazing. Plus you were able to actually save the money you would have spent giving it to someone to do it for you. Maybe with this knowledge you can now go forward and redo that kitchen floor you were thinking of redoing.