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How to tile a wall
Produce a spectacular wall with appealing, durable and practical wall tiles
Tiling is a knowledgeable task but we’re here to help you get the best finish to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling a whole bathroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a kitchen area or a little section around a fireplace, our recommendations will help you accomplish a fantastic outcome.
Prior to you start, it is very important to plan your tiling. Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you require, planning and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all important factors. Our guide to preparing your wall tiles covers all you need to know before tiling.
This guide will walk you through how to lay the tiles. In our example we’re tiling an entire wall with square tiles in a linear tiling style. We’ll explain how to:
- Fix entire tiles to a wall
- Cut tiles for corners and obstacles and use corner tile trim
- Grout and finish wall tiles
- Seal around the edges of tiling
Tools & Materials
- Wall tiles
- Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that need filling. If the hole in the wall is larger than the size of your fist, we recommend getting an expert to make the repair work.
- Tile adhesive – we suggest ready-mixed tile adhesive to conserve time
- Tile spacers
- Sanitary sealant – we recommend anti-mould sealant for a finish that lasts
- Grout – we encourage ready-mixed grout
- Multi-purpose fabrics
- Tile trim – as needed.
- Tape measure
- Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen – if required, to mark tiles for cutting
- Notched trowel (also known as a notched spreader).
- Tile cutter.
- Tile file – if required.
- Hacksaw – if required, to cut the tile trim.
- Grout spreader (also referred to as a grout float).
- Grout finisher (also known as a grout shaper).
- Claw hammer.
- Spirit level.
- Cartridge weapon – if needed. Some sealant comes as a trigger gun and doesn’t require a cartridge weapon. Inspect the product instructions for the sealant.
- Sealant smoother.
- Security gloves.
- Dust mask.
- Use safety goggles and a dust mask to secure you from flying pieces and sharp edges when cutting tiles.
How to tile a whole wall.
When you have actually planned the tiles, prepared the wall and fixed your timber battens, lay whole tiles initially by following these steps.
Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, starting in the corner formed by the wood battens. Then spread it with the notched trowel, working far 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 make sure there’s an equivalent amount behind each tile, making it much easier to get them all level. Attempt not to work on more than one square metre at a time, as the adhesive might begin hardening before you have actually put all the tiles in place.
Pick a suitable 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.
If your tiles are larger than 20 x 20, use adhesive to the wall and likewise on the back of the tiles.
Place your very first tile into the corner, pushing its edges against the corners and the entire tile strongly versus the wall. Then add a tile above it and one beside the original tile pushing them securely into the adhesive using a twisting action.
Rub out any adhesive from the tiles with a moist sponge as you go– if you let it dry it’ll be very challenging to remove.
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 give the tiles a flat, even end up.
Some mosaics are set at various heights, in which case you ought to utilize your hand to ensure they’re all separately bedded into the adhesive.
Put tile spacers into the corners between the tiles and adjust the tile positions as and when required. Press them in securely and place them flush against the wall so you can grout over them.
Include another tile above the last one you applied, and another beside it. Continue using the whole tiles in this way till you’ve tiled the location covered with tile adhesive.
Apply another square metre of adhesive and tiles till you have actually repaired all the whole tiles.
At the edges of the wall, put one leg of the spacer between the tiles so the rest is sticking out– we’ll eliminate this later before grouting.
Delegate dry for the length of time directed on the tile adhesive instructions.
Get rid of the vertical lumber batten by prising out it’s nails with the claw of a hammer.
Fix entire tiles to the other area of the wall, starting from the corner next to the tiles you have actually already repaired.
As soon as all the entire tiles have been repaired and are dry, remove the horizontal wood batten.
Now you’ve repaired all of the entire tiles, you’re ready to fill the edges and corners of the wall. Head to ‘How to tile corners’ to discover how to do this.
How to tile corners.
In this section, we’ll talk you through tiling corners. There are 2 types of corner– external and internal. These could be corners developed by corners or walls created by obstructions:.
The corner join in between 2 walls, for example the corner of a room, or the corner created by a door frame.
Outward-facing corner that protrudes into the space, for example the corner of a function wall or the edge of a window recess.
There’s a various approach for tiling depending on the type of corner, and we’ll explain both approaches in this area.
In some cases you might discover that you can fit entire tiles across the wall without needing to cut a tile for the corner. If no cuts are needed, dive to the section ‘How to grout and end up wall tiles’.
For the most part, you’ll require to cut a tile to fit into the corner.
How to measure and mark tiles for cutting.
There are two methods to determine and mark a tile for cutting:.
Hold the tile you’ll be cutting over the last whole tile in the row. Fit another versus the wall and mark where it overlaps the one below with a tile scribe, chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen.
Take different 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 a line in 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 short article for suggestions on this.
After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you need to make any small modifications use a tile file.
If you’re also going to tile the adjacent wall, you do not have to be completely precise as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall.
How to tile internal corners.
After you have actually cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you need to make any small changes use a tile file. You do not have to be totally accurate as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall if you’re likewise going to tile the surrounding wall.
Utilize 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. If you require to, Use spacers.
If you’re tiling more than one wall, move on to the next wall. If not, you’re ready to start grouting and completing the tiles. For suggestions on this, dive to our area ‘How to complete and grout wall tiles’.
How to tile external corners.
Use tile trims to get a neat finish on external corners. It also helps to secure the edges of the tiles from knocks, which could chip them. The trim can be found in a range of materials, sizes, colours and shapes. Here we’re using white 1/4 inch external edge tile trim.
Complete tiling your very first wall.
Use a measuring tape to measure the length of the edge that you’ll be repairing the tile trim to.
Measure 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 require.
Include a narrow strip of tile adhesive to the untiled wall using the notched trowel and press the trim into it.
Line the trim up with the tiles of your 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 space for grout.
Put more tile adhesive on the untitled wall with the notched trowel. Add the adhesive vertically from top to bottom to prevent knocking the tile trim out of place with the teeth of the notched trowel.
Start tiling your 2nd wall, working far from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, remember to permit a narrow grouting gap between them and the trim. Insert spacers and adjust the tiles as you go, so the space stays the exact same and the trim remain in place.
How to end up and grout wall tiles.
As soon as the tiles are fixed in place and the adhesive has dried, it’s time to use the grout.
Remove the extending tile spacers at the edges of the wall and at corners.
Starting in the bottom left corner, press a percentage of grout onto the face of the tiles with a trowel.
Utilize a grout spreader, also known as a grout float, to spread it, making long, diagonal strokes and working it into the joints in between tiles. Continue up until you have actually grouted all the joints. The grout will soon start to solidify, so do this as fast as you can.
Split it into areas and grout an area at a time if you’re grouting a large area. This is to avoid the grout hardening excessive whilst you end up grouting the entire area.
Instantly after you complete using the grout, review the tiles with a damp sponge (however not too damp as this may cause discolouration) to get rid of any excess. Make sure not to drag any grout from the joints.
Leave the grout to dry. As it does, you’ll notice a grainy film 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 trigger damage to the wall, fittings and fixtures. We’ll talk you through sealing the edge of tiling with hygienic sealant.
Connect the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the suggestion, as directed by the product instructions. If required, put the sealant into the cartridge gun.
Run a continuous bead of sealant, working from one end of the tiled location to the other, from left to right. Attempt to keep a steady pressure on the trigger of the weapon and a consistent speed when you’re doing this.
Smooth any abnormalities in the shape of the bead with a sealant smoother (or a wet finger), but take care not to pull the sealant from the surface area.
Leave the sealant to dry.
Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you require, preparing the wall and preparing out the position of the tiles are all essential aspects. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you require to know before tiling.
In our example we’re tiling a whole wall with square tiles in a direct tiling style. If you’re also going to tile the nearby wall, you do not have to be absolutely accurate as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall.
Start tiling your 2nd wall, working away from the corner trim.
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