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Bathroom Floor Tiles: Installation Tips

Installing Floor Tiles Bathroom tiles are easier to install on floors than on walls, as they can be properly aligned and easily laid down on the ground. But installing bathroom wall tiles is still NOT an easy do-it-yourself project. In fact, most manufacturers still recommend getting professionals to do your bathroom flooring.

Remember that it takes a steady hand and some skill to be able to install bathroom flooring on your own successfully. If you are ready to take on the challenge, though, then you can still do your own installation. To help you out with your project, listed below are some essential installation tips and tricks.

01Always plan the design of your bathroom floor first before having it tiled. Lay out your plan on paper, including the tile patterns, designs, shapes, and sizes. Consider all the bathroom fixtures, fittings, and accessories that you will need.

02Avoid using patterned tiles along the floor edges and internal corners. They will surely be cut, damaging their designs and the overall beauty of your bathroom floor.

03Prepare all the materials and tools you need for the installation such as a wrench, a cold chisel, a pry bar, a hammer, a utility knife, backerboard, plywood, a notched trowel, a power drill, and your floor tiles. Make sure to get extra bathroom floor tiles in case some of the pieces break during the installation process.

04Turn off all the water supply lines leading to and from the bathroom. Empty the bathroom bowl and tank by flushing the toilet. Remove the tank by taking out the tank nuts and bolts.
 
05Do not forget to unhinge your bathroom door especially if it opens inwards before starting the installation. Tiling the bathroom floor elevates it, so if the door was not taken out prior to the tiling process, then it would be impossible to open it. Also, remove all the cupboard doors reaching down the floor level.

06Use waterproof adhesives to stick the floor tiles on the ground to prevent them from corroding even if water penetrates the tiles. Use a plain or notched trowel to spread the adhesives on the floor. Cover an area that can accommodate 10 tiles at a time, as applying adhesives on a larger area can cause some of their portions to dry out before being used.

07Lay the first floor tile at the center point of your bathroom floor. The position of the first tile determines the position and alignment of all the other floor tiles, so be sure to install it correctly. To guide you in positioning the other tiles, nail a batten to the floor to provide you with a straight edge. Use thick plastic cards or spacers to regulate the proper distance from one tile to the other.

08Continue tiling across the room until you reach the door and all four corners of the room. Leave the tiles for 24 hours to let the adhesives dry. Afterwards, remove the battens and plastic spacers for grouting the gaps and spaces between the tiles. Make sure to use a grout color that compliments or contrasts with the color of your bathroom floor tiles.

09Let the floor dry completely after applying the grout between the tile gaps. You can polish their surfaces using a dry cloth afterwards.

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