Installing bathroom tiles can improve the appearance,
cleanliness, and overall appeal of your bathroom. If you are considering
installing tiles on your own, there are a number of things to keep in mind,
chief among which is the time it takes to install them. Making sure to allow
yourself enough time to complete the job well can produce results that will
last for several years to come.
Important: Before you
install your new bathroom tile, be sure to remove existing flooring. This gives
you a much better foundation for your tiles and will help ensure the strongest
Make and mark your
pattern – place dry tiles in their respective places, taking time to ensure
proper fit and thematic consistency. Mark any cuts necessary for tiles to fit
with a wax pencil and make appropriate cuts with a wet tile saw. You may use
sandpaper or tile stone to smooth rough edges of cut tile.
Once you are happy with a pattern and placement, trace
around the center tile to mark its position and remove the tiles from the
floor, being sure to stack them in an order that will make proper placement
Mix and place your
mortar – following the package directions, mix thin-set mortar to the consistency
of peanut butter. Only mix as much mortar as you can use in one hour as mortar
will dry out and become unusable after that time. Apply mortar to the floor
using a notched trowel held at a 45-degree angle.
Place and adhere your
tiles – beginning with the center tile, set tiles in their proper places.
Slightly wiggle each tile to ensure proper adhesion to the mortar. Be sure to
place spacers in between tiles to allow for grout after the mortar has dried.
Tiles generally require 12 - 18 hours to set. Once they have
set, remove the spacers and apply grout to produce a polished and professional
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