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How to Tile a Wall


Tiling can be a skilled task, but we want to give you the best advice to get the best finish on your tiled wall! If you’re tiling a whole bathroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback or a small section around a fireplace, our advice will give you the best result. You need to plan your tiling so calculate how many tiles you need, prepare the wall and plan the positioning of the tiles.

What you need:

Materials:

  • Wall tiles

  • Filler, you will need this to fill in any holes in the wall, if the hole is larger than your fist then you will need a professional to fix this

  • Tile adhesive

  • Tile spacers

  • Sanitary sealant, an anti-mould sealant will last

  • Grout

  • Multi-purpose cloths

  • Tile trim

  • Timber battens, one is to create gauge rods and the other two will attach to the wall as guides

Tools:

  • Rule

  • Tape measure

  • Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen, this is to mark the tiles for cutting

  • Trowel

  • Notched trowel/notched spreader

  • Tile filer

  • Hacksaw, this is to cut the tile trim

  • Grout spreader/grout float

  • Grout finisher/grout shaper

  • Claw hammer

  • Sponge

  • Bucket

  • Spirt level

  • Cartridge gun, some sealant comes as a trigger gun, if you have this then you will not need a cartridge gun

  • Sealant smoother

  • Safety gloves

  • Dust mask

Step 1:

Position the gauge rod, with the end touching the bottom of the area of your tiling (the floor, top of the skirting board or a worktop) Add a pencil mark on the wall in line with the top tile mark of the gauge rod, move the rod up the wall and line up the lowest tile line until you reach the ceiling or the top of the area that you are tiling. Then nail a timber batten horizontally with its top edge aligned with the line of the wall, with one of the tile lines aligned with the vertical line. Nail on another batten with its side edge aligned with the vertical line. You will end up with a batten fixed down the centre of the wall and another fixed horizontally near the bottom of the wall.

Step 2:

Scoop up some of the tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, start in the corner that has been formed by the timber battens, then spread it with a notched trowel working away from the corner in horizontal strokes. Make sure you hold the edge of the notched trowel at a 45-degree angle. Having ridges in the adhesive will ensure that there is an equal amount behind each tile.

Step 3:

Place you first tile in the corner and press its edges against the corners and hold it firmly against the wall. Then add another tile above it and then next to it, push them firmly into the adhesive. Make sure to wipe off any splashes of adhesive as soon as possible with a damp sponge.

Step 4:

Put tile spacers into the corners between the tiles and then adjust them when needed. Push them firmly and adjust the flush against the wall so you can then grout them over.

Step 5:

At the edges of the wall, put one leg of spacer between the tiles. The rest will be sticking out and will be removed when grouting it later.

Step 6:

Leave to dry. Take a look at the adhesive product instructions to know how long to leave it for. Remove the vertical timber batten.

Step 7:

Fix the tiles to the other section of the wall starting from the corner. When all of the tiles have been fixed you can remove the horizontal timber batten.

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