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How to tile a wall

 

Develop a stunning wall with attractive, resilient and useful wall tiles

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Tiling is an experienced job but we’re here to help you get the very best surface to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling an entire restroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a kitchen or a small section around a fireplace, our guidance will help you achieve an excellent outcome.
Before you start, it is necessary to prepare your tiling. Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you require, planning and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all important elements. Our guide to preparing your wall tiles covers all you need to know before tiling.
This guide will stroll you through how to lay the tiles. In our example we’re tiling a whole wall with square tiles in a direct tiling design. We’ll explain how to:

  • Repair whole tiles to a wall
  • Cut tiles for corners and obstacles and use corner tile trim
  • Grout and surface wall tiles
  • Seal around the edges of tiling

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Tools & Products

 

Products

 

  • Wall tiles
  • Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that need filling. We suggest getting a professional to make the repair if the hole in the wall is larger than the size of your fist.
  • Tile adhesive – we recommend ready-mixed tile adhesive to conserve time
  • Tile spacers
  • Sanitary sealant – we recommend anti-mould sealant for a finish that lasts
  • Grout – we advise ready-mixed grout
  • Multi-purpose clothes
  • Tile trim – as needed.

 

Tools

 

  • Rule
  • Measuring tape
  • Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen – if needed, to mark tiles for cutting
  • Trowel
  • Notched trowel (likewise called a notched spreader).
  • Tile cutter.
  • Tile file – if needed.
  • Hacksaw – if needed, to cut the tile trim.
  • Grout spreader (likewise known as a grout float).
  • Grout finisher (also known as a grout shaper).
  • Claw hammer.
  • Sponge.
  • Bucket.
  • Spirit level.
  • Cartridge weapon – if needed. Some sealant comes as a trigger gun and does not need a cartridge weapon. Inspect the item instructions for the sealant.
  • Sealant smoother.

 

Safety kit.

 

  • Safety gloves.
  • Dust mask.

 

 

Safety.

 

  • When cutting tiles, wear security goggles and a dust mask to protect you from flying pieces and sharp edges.

 

How to tile a whole wall.

When you have actually planned the tiles, prepared the wall and fixed your timber battens, lay entire tiles first by following these steps.

wall tiling step 1

 

Step 1.

Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, starting in the corner formed by the lumber battens. Then spread it with the notched trowel, working away from the corner with horizontal strokes. Hold the edge of the notched trowel at an angle of about 45 °. The ridges in the adhesive will ensure there’s an equal quantity behind each tile, making it much easier to get them all level. Try not to deal with more than one square metre at a time, as the adhesive could start hardening before you’ve put all the tiles in place.
Pick an ideal tile adhesive for your tiles: for ceramic tiles use a ready-mixed tile adhesive or powder adhesive and a powder tile adhesive for porcelain tiles.
Apply adhesive to the wall and likewise on the back of the tiles if your tiles are bigger than 20 x 20.

 

Action 2.

Position your first tile into the corner, pushing its edges versus the corners and the whole tile securely versus the wall. Include a tile above it and one next to the initial tile pressing them securely into the adhesive using a twisting action.
If you let it dry it’ll be really hard to take off, wipe off any adhesive from the tiles with a wet sponge as you go–.
Leading tip – using mosaic tiles.
When using mosaic tiles to the wall, hold a piece of board over the tiles while the adhesive is wet and tap the board gently with a rubber mallet. This will offer the tiles a flat, even end up.
Some mosaics are set at various heights, in which case you need to utilize your hand to ensure they’re all individually bedded into the adhesive.

Step 3.

When needed, put tile spacers into the corners between the tiles and change the tile positions as and. Press them in strongly and position them flush versus the wall so you can grout over them.

Step 4.

Add another tile above the last one you used, and another next to it. Continue applying the whole tiles in this way until you have actually tiled the area covered with tile adhesive.
Apply another square metre of adhesive and tiles up until you have actually repaired all the entire tiles.
At the edges of the wall, put one leg of the spacer between the tiles so the rest is standing out– we’ll eliminate this later before grouting.

Step 5.

Delegate dry for the length of time directed on the tile adhesive directions.

Step 6.

Get rid of the vertical timber batten by prising out it’s nails with the claw of a hammer.

Action 7.

Repair whole tiles to the other section of the wall, beginning with the corner beside the tiles you’ve already fixed.

Step 8.

As soon as all the entire tiles have actually been repaired and are dry, remove the horizontal lumber batten.
Now you’ve repaired all of the whole tiles, you’re ready to fill the edges and corners of the wall. Head to ‘How to tile corners’ to find out how to do this.

How to tile corners.

In this area, we’ll talk you through tiling corners. There are 2 types of corner– internal and external. These could be corners created by corners or walls developed by blockages:.

Internal corner.

The corner sign up with in between two walls, for instance the corner of a room, or the corner produced by a door frame.

External corner.

Outward-facing corner that protrudes into the room, for instance the corner of a feature wall or the edge of a window recess.
There’s a different technique for tiling depending upon the type of corner, and we’ll discuss both approaches in this section.
Often you might find that you can fit entire tiles across the wall without needing to cut a tile for the corner. If no cuts are required, dive to the section ‘How to grout and complete wall tiles’.
You’ll need to cut a tile to fit into the corner.

How to determine and mark tiles for cutting.

There are 2 methods to measure and mark a tile for cutting:.

Option 1.

Hold the tile you’ll be cutting over the last whole tile in the row. Fit another against the wall and mark where it overlaps the one listed below with a tile scribe, chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen.

Choice 2.

Take separate measurements at the top and bottom of the space you’re going to fill using a measuring tape. Mark the measurements at the top and bottom of the tile. Line up the square with the two marks and draw the line between them with a pencil or felt-tip pen, offering you a vertical line to cut along.
With the marks made, it’s time to cut the tiles. Head to our How to cut tiles article for guidance on this.

Step 1.

After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you need to make any little adjustments use a tile file.
You don’t have to be totally accurate as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall if you’re also going to tile the nearby wall.

How to tile internal corners.

 

Step 1.

After you have actually cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you require to make any small modifications utilize a tile file. If you’re also going to tile the nearby wall, you don’t have to be totally precise as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall.

Action 2.

Use the narrow end of a notched spreader to put adhesive on the back of the cut tile. Press it into location so it’s level with the surrounding tile. Use spacers if you need to.

Step 3.

Relocation on to the next wall if you’re tiling more than one wall. If not, you’re ready to start grouting and finishing the tiles. For advice on this, dive to our section ‘How to grout and end up wall tiles’.

How to tile external corners.

Usage tile trims to get a neat finish on external corners. It also assists to protect the edges of the tiles from knocks, which might chip them.

Action 1.

End up tiling your very first wall.

Step 2.

Utilize a tape measure to measure the length of the edge that you’ll be fixing the tile trim to.

Step 3.

Step the tile trim to the very same size and make a mark on it to show where to cut. Use a hacksaw to cut the tile trim to the length you need.

Step 4.

Add a narrow strip of tile adhesive to the untiled wall using the notched trowel and press the trim into it.

Step 5.

Line the trim up with the tiles of your very first wall. Put 2 spacers between the trim and each tile (one near the top of the tile and one near the bottom) to make certain there’s a gap for grout.

Step 6.

Put more tile adhesive on the untitled wall with the notched trowel. Include the adhesive vertically from top to bottom to prevent knocking the tile trim out of place with the teeth of the notched trowel.

Step 7.

Start tiling your second wall, working far from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, keep in mind to enable a narrow grouting space in between them and the trim. Place spacers and change the tiles as you go, so the gap remains the same and the trim stays in place.

How to finish and grout wall tiles.

As soon as the tiles are repaired in place and the adhesive has actually dried, it’s time to apply the grout.

Action 1.

Eliminate the extending tile spacers at the edges of the wall and at corners.

Step 2.

Beginning in the bottom left corner, press a small amount of grout onto the face of the tiles with a trowel.
Utilize a grout spreader, likewise known as a grout float, to spread it, making long, diagonal strokes and working it into the joints between tiles. Continue until you have actually grouted all the joints. The grout will quickly begin to solidify, so do this as fast as you can.
If you’re grouting a big area, divided it into sections and grout an area at a time. This is to avoid the grout solidifying too much whilst you end up grouting the whole area.

Action 3.

Instantly after you finish applying the grout, review the tiles with a damp sponge (but not too damp as this might trigger discolouration) to get rid of any excess. Make sure not to drag any grout from the joints.

Step 4.

Leave the grout to dry. As it does, you’ll notice a powdery movie appear on the tiles from all the sponging. Wipe this off with a soft, clean fabric.

How to seal around the edge of tiling.

Sealing around the edge of tiling is vital to stop water getting behind the tiles, particularly around worktops, basins and cooking area sinks. Water behind tiles can cause damage to the wall, fittings and fixtures. We’ll talk you through sealing the edge of tiling with hygienic sealant.

Action 1.

Attach the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the tip, as directed by the product directions. If required, put the sealant into the cartridge weapon.

Step 2.

Run a continuous bead of sealant, working from one end of the tiled location to the other, from delegated right. When you’re doing this, attempt to keep a steady pressure on the trigger of the weapon and a constant speed.

Action 3.

Smooth any abnormalities in the shape of the bead with a sealant smoother (or a damp finger), but make sure not to pull the sealant from the surface area.

Step 4.

 

Leave the sealant to dry.

Computing the number of tiles & adhesive you require, preparing and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all vital factors. Our guide to preparing your wall tiles covers all you need to know prior to tiling.

In our example we’re tiling a whole wall with square tiles in a direct tiling design. If you’re also going to tile the adjacent wall, you do not have to be totally precise as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall.
Start tiling your second wall, working away from the corner trim.

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