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How to tile a wall

 

Create a spectacular wall with attractive, long lasting and practical wall tiles

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Tiling is a proficient job but we’re here to help you get the best finish to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling an entire restroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a cooking area or a little section around a fireplace, our recommendations will help you achieve a terrific result.
Prior to you start, it is necessary to prepare your tiling. Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you require, preparing the wall and preparing out the position of the tiles are all essential elements. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you need to know prior to 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 linear tiling design. We’ll discuss how to:

  • Repair entire tiles to a wall
  • Cut tiles for obstacles and corners and apply corner tile trim
  • Grout and finish 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 work if the hole in the wall is bigger than the size of your fist.
  • Tile adhesive – we advise ready-mixed tile adhesive to conserve time
  • Tile spacers
  • Sanitary sealant – we suggest anti-mould sealant for a finish that lasts
  • Grout – we recommend ready-mixed grout
  • Multi-purpose fabrics
  • Tile trim – as needed.

 

Tools

 

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

 

Safety kit.

 

  • Safety gloves.
  • Dust mask.

 

 

Safety.

 

  • Wear safety goggles and a dust mask to secure you from flying pieces and sharp edges when cutting tiles.

 

How to tile an entire wall.

Once you have actually prepared the tiles, prepared the wall and repaired your lumber battens, lay entire tiles initially by following these actions.

wall tiling step 1

 

Action 1.

Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, starting in the corner formed by the timber battens. The ridges in the adhesive will ensure there’s an equal quantity behind each tile, making it much easier to get them all level.
Choose 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.
Use adhesive to the wall and also on the back of the tiles if your tiles are larger than 20 x 20.

 

Step 2.

Position your first tile into the corner, pushing its edges versus the corners and the whole tile firmly versus the wall. Include a tile above it and one next to the initial tile pressing them firmly into the adhesive using a twisting action.
If you let it dry it’ll be really tough to take off, clean off any adhesive from the tiles with a wet sponge as you go–.
Leading idea – 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 lightly with a rubber mallet. This will provide 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.

Put tile spacers into the corners between the tiles and change the tile positions as and when needed. Press them in firmly and place them flush against the wall so you can grout over them.

Step 4.

Add another tile above the last one you applied, and another beside it. Continue applying the entire tiles in this way up until you’ve tiled the location covered with tile adhesive.
Apply another square metre of adhesive and tiles up until you have repaired all the entire tiles.
At the edges of the wall, put one leg of the spacer between the tiles so the rest is protruding– we’ll eliminate this later prior to grouting.

Step 5.

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

Step 6.

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

Action 7.

Fix whole tiles to the other area of the wall, starting from the corner next to the tiles you have actually currently repaired.

Step 8.

When all the entire tiles have actually been repaired and are dry, eliminate the horizontal lumber 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 area, we’ll talk you through tiling corners. There are 2 kinds of corner– internal and external. These could be corners developed by walls or corners developed by blockages:.

Internal corner.

The corner join between 2 walls, for example the corner of a space, or the corner developed by a door frame.

External corner.

Outward-facing corner that protrudes into the space, for instance the corner of a feature wall or the edge of a window recess.
There’s a various technique for tiling depending on the kind of corner, and we’ll discuss both methods in this section.
In some cases you might find that you can fit whole tiles across the wall without requiring to cut a tile for the corner. If no cuts are essential, jump to the section ‘How to grout and end up wall tiles’.
You’ll require to cut a tile to fit into the corner.

How to measure and mark tiles for cutting.

There are two ways to mark a tile and determine for cutting:.

Choice 1.

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.

Choice 2.

Take different measurements at the top and bottom of the space you’re going to fill utilizing a tape measure. Mark the measurements at the top and bottom of the tile. Line up the square with the two marks and draw a line between them with a pencil or felt-tip pen, providing 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 advice on this.

Action 1.

After you have actually cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you require to make any little adjustments use a tile file.
You don’t have to be absolutely precise as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall if you’re likewise going to tile the nearby wall.

How to tile internal corners.

 

Action 1.

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

Action 2.

Utilize the narrow end of a notched spreader to put adhesive on the back of the cut tile. Then press it into place so it’s level with the nearby tile. Use spacers if you need to.

Step 3.

Move on to the next wall if you’re tiling more than one wall. If not, you’re ready to begin grouting and finishing the tiles. For suggestions on this, jump to our section ‘How to end up and grout wall tiles’.

How to tile external corners.

Use tile trims to get a neat finish on external corners. It also helps to protect the edges of the tiles from knocks, which could chip them. The trim is available in a series of products, colours, shapes and sizes. Here we’re using white 1/4 inch external edge tile trim.

Step 1.

End up tiling your first wall.

Step 2.

Use a tape measure to determine the length of the edge that you’ll be repairing the tile trim to.

Step 3.

Procedure the tile trim to the exact same size and make a mark on it to show where to cut. Utilize a hacksaw to cut the tile trim to the length you need.

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

Line the trim up with the tiles of your very first wall. Put two spacers in 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.

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 2nd wall, working away from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, keep in mind to allow a narrow grouting gap between them and the trim. Place spacers and adjust the tiles as you go, so the space stays the exact same and the trim remain in place.

How to complete and grout wall tiles.

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

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

Beginning in the bottom left corner, press a percentage of grout onto the face of the tiles with a trowel.
Use a grout spreader, also called a grout float, to spread it, making long, diagonal strokes and working it into the joints in between tiles. Continue up until you’ve grouted all the joints. The grout will soon begin to solidify, so do this as fast as you can.
Split it into areas and grout a section at a time if you’re grouting a large area. This is to avoid the grout hardening excessive whilst you complete grouting the whole location.

Step 3.

Right away after you end up applying the grout, review the tiles with a damp sponge (however not too damp as this might trigger discolouration) to eliminate 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. Clean this off with a soft, tidy cloth.

How to seal around the edge of tiling.

Sealing around the edge of tiling is essential to stop water supporting the tiles, particularly around worktops, basins and kitchen area sinks. Water behind tiles can trigger damage to the wall, fittings and components. We’ll talk you through sealing the edge of tiling with sanitary sealant.

Step 1.

Connect the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the suggestion, as directed by the product guidelines. If needed, put the sealant into the cartridge weapon.

Action 2.

Run a constant bead of sealant, working from one end of the tiled location to the other, from left to. When you’re doing this, attempt to keep a stable pressure on the trigger of the gun and a constant speed.

Action 3.

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

Step 4.

 

Leave the sealant to dry.

Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you need, preparing and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all important elements. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you need to know before tiling.

In our example we’re tiling an entire wall with square tiles in a direct tiling design. If you’re also going to tile the nearby wall, you do not have to be absolutely accurate 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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