How To Tile Bathroom
Learning how to tile a bathroom can be very difficult if not done correctly and the results can be disastrously looking if you are not careful. A good beginner tiling project is the bathroom because it’s a smaller room to tackle.
To tile a bathroom, you will need:
- Rubber grout float
- Putty Knife
- Mortar Mix
- Access to water
- Pry bar
- Wet Saw
- Ceramic tile
- Vinyl tile spacers
- Grout sealer
- Shut off water valve to toilet and empty toilet by flushing. Loosen and remove the nuts on toilet and remove the toilet from the floor.
- Remove all molding around the wall and flooring and set aside. Be careful not break any of the molding if you are going to reuse the same molding.
- Remove old flooring. If there are old tiles on the floor try to use old cut tiles as guidelines when cutting new tiles.
- Lay the tiles in any desired pattern prior to laying the pattern with mortar. This will help you avoid any mistakes once you start to set your floor.
- Mix your mortar with water. Mix only enough to work in small sections at a time. Use the flat end of your trowel to lay the mortar on the floor flat, use the trowels notched edged to go over the smoothed mortar to create uniform ridges in the mortar.
- Place the tiles onto the mortar with gentle pressure, enough so the tiles will stick. Use the vinyl tile spacers to create a uniform even space in-between each tile.
- Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Using the rubber grout float, apply the grout at a 45-degree angle. Push the grout into the crevices and scrape off any excess remaining grout away.
- When the grout has dried to a haze, using damp rags whip any excess grout away.
- Wait a few days for grout and mortar to fully set then apply a grout sealer.