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Bathroom Wall Tiles: Installation Tips

Bathroom wall tiles do not only provide an elegant appeal to your bathroom – more importantly, they protect the bathroom walls from damage. To successfully install bathroom wall tiles, you need to do a lot of planning and preparation. Listed below are the steps you have to go through to make your bathroom wall tile installation a success:

1. Prepare all the materials you need for installing bathroom wall tiles. Make sure that the size and number of tiles are based on the accurate measurement of the wall area you want to cover.

2. Inspect the surface of your bathroom wall to ensure that there are no holes, cracks, or other damages on it before you install the backerboard. Use a studfinder to locate the studs in the wall and to mark their positions.

floor and wall bathroom tiles3. Score the backerboard to its proper dimension using a utility knife. Drill the pilot holes in it, making sure that they match the position of the studs in the wall.

4. Using a trowel, apply adhesive to the wall and attach the backerboard using galvanized screws. Allow the adhesive to dry to firmly secure the backerboard in place. As soon as the backerboard is securely in place, you can then install the wall tiles.

5. Identify the centerpoint of your bathroom wall, as this will serve as your stating point. Using a level and a tile stick, draw a checkerboard pattern on the wall to mark the places where you will be installing the wall tiles. Remember to use whole tiles in the most visible areas and cut tiles in the least visible areas. Use a tile stick to lay out the tiles on the floor in rows, and then mark the tile placements and grout spacing on the wall.

6. Using a trowel, apply a small amount of adhesive on a small section using an upward combing motion. Place the first tile on the wall using a twisting motion. Set all the other tiles by repeating this step. To maintain equal grout lines, insert spacers in the joints. If necessary, you can measure cuts and cut tiles using a wet saw and trim rounded edges with bullnose tiles.

7. As soon as all the wall tiles are set, tap them using a block of wood wrapped in a towel to check if they are securely seated on the wall.

8. After they have set, you can next add the grouting. Use a rubber grout float to scoop out grout and spread it evenly in a diagonal motion across the tiles. Do not grout the joints in the bathtub.  It usually takes only five minutes for the grout settle and become firm.

9. After a couple of minutes, wipe the tiles using a damp cloth. Make sure that the grout does not harden on the tiles or gets pulled from the grout lines. Fill the gap between the tiles and your bathtub, and the areas around any fixtures with beads of silicone caulk. Apply the silicone caulk in a steady and smooth manner.

10. After 48 hours, check your bathroom wall to see if you have to seal the tiles and the grout. Sealing is a very simple procedure. Using the tip of your square sponge, directly apply the sealant along the grout lines. It should take no more than three days to complete this procedure (including the drying time).

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