Learning how to tile yor bathroom floor is one of those tasks that with good planning and proper instruction can be completed very successfully. This article will guide you and provide you with some essential tips on how to tile a floor.
Surface preparation is paramount to your success. Your surface must be smooth and level and any excess adhesive should be scraped off before you start, to leave a level and smooth surface. Beginning to tile on an uneven surface is a recipe for disaster right from the start.
Adhesive. One of the most common mistakes of the DIY tiler is using the wrong type of adhesive. When tiling a bathroom you must use waterproof adhesive. If you use any other type of adhesive you will find that after a short period of time the moisture in the bathroom will find its way under the tiles and cause crumbling which will eventually lead to your tiles lifting. The price of adhesive varies greatly, and I don't need to point out here that it is best not to take the cheapest brand you find.
Battens. When beginning a tiling job it is advisable to use a batten. The batten acts as your guide and keeps your tiles in a straight line. When positioning your batten you must remember to use a spirit level to ensure that your first row of tiles is completely straight. Make sure that your walls are not running off. This can be a problem in older houses and it makes sense to check this first.
Fix Mistakes Immediately . As you continue to learn. It is inevitable that you will make mistakes. Mistakes are part of learning when learning how to tile your bathroom floor. It is vitally important to fix your mistakes quickly. If you don't immediately react to your mistakes you may end up with more waste than you would want. Adhesive can set quickly, so the quicker you react, the better. For this reason when you are just learning how to tile a floor I would suggest that you do not use quick drying adhesive.
Grouting. When grouting your tiles it is very important to get rid of the excess grout quickly. Grout dries very quickly and can be difficult to remove. By removing the excess immediately you are cutting down on work that you will have to do later. Do not wash the tiles until the grout has dried. Wait until they are dry and dusty before you wash. You will probably have to wash them a few times.
Bad Planning. Bad planning inevitably leads to disaster. Before starting any tiling job it is important to have everything you need on hand. You need to have the correct amount of tiles, the correct adhesive, tile spacers and grout. Bad planning will cost you money and leave you very frustrated. Needless to say, you need to ensure that you have the right tools for the job. As a starting point, you will need a spreader, a floating sponge, and a good quality tile cutter.
Waste. No matter how good you are at tiling, there will inevitably be waste. You should however not see any more than 15% waste. This means that when you are ordering your tiles you need to order 15% more than the amount you will need to cover your floor. After finishing the job, if you have any tiles left over, It is always a good idea to keep a couple of spares . If you have more than that it is not uncommon for your supplier to take back unused tiles. I have even known suppliers to take back and refund on single tiles.
Learning how to tile a floor is one of those DIY tasks that when approached properly with the right tools, and the right planning can be carried out successfully. To make a success of anything instructions are necessary and laying tile is no different.