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Installing Bathroom Tiles

Installing tiles in your bathroom can be difficult and time-consuming. But with the help of modern adhesives, you can be certain that it will not take you long to tile your bathroom even if you have limited do-it-yourself skills. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to easily install bathroom tiles:

Grouting Tiles

01 Prepare the bathroom floor surface. Make sure it is flat, dry, and free from any dirt, grease, and other particles. If your floor has small holes and cracks, fill them with premixed cement. You can start laying the tiles as soon as the floor is flat and even.

02Start laying the tiles at the center of your bathroom floor. Do not begin at one corner because or you might end up having one side with whole tiles and the other side with halved tiles.

03From the center, work your way outwards. Using an adhesive spreader, spread a significant amount of adhesive just enough to cover a floor area of about one square meter. Avoid spreading it on a larger -- some of it may dry before being used.

Installing Bathroom Tiles04If you are using tiles with self adhesion, simply take off the adhesive covering at the back and press the tiles in place. If you make a mistake, lift the tile immediately and realign it. Remember to do this quick because once the adhesive dries, the tile will be more difficult to reposition.

05As soon as the whole tiles are already in their positions, you can start cutting the border tiles. Place the tile you want to cut exactly above the last whole tile in a specific row. Place another tile over it, this time butting it up against a skirting board or the wall. Trace the edge of the topmost tile to mark the tile that you have to cut.

06To finish off, grout the ceramic tiles or seal the cork tiles. Then allow one day for the adhesives to dry properly before grouting or sealing the tiles. Vinyl tiles only need to be polished after tiling.

07 For ceramic tiles, make sure that the color of the grout you will use compliments or matches the color of your tiles. Mix the grout according to the instructions. Work with a small amount first, preferably just enough to cover a square meter of floor at a time. Use a rubber squeegee or a sponge to force out the grout from the gaps. Be sure to wipe off spillages and excess grouting.

08 Use a factory-applied sealer coat to seal the surfaces of cork tiles. Synthetic cork tiles require one application of wax polish or polyurethane sealer, while natural cork tiles need at least three coatings. Leave each coat to dry for one day before applying another.

Ceramic tiles are difficult to cut. You need to use a heavy-duty tile cutter to create a clean cut. Cork and vinyl tiles, on the other hand, are easier to cut. You can use a sharp utility knife to score and cut through their surfaces.

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