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How to tile a wall
Create a stunning wall with attractive, useful and durable wall tiles
Tiling is a competent task but we’re here to assist you get the very best surface to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling a whole restroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a cooking area or a little area around a fireplace, our advice will help you attain an excellent result.
Before you start, it is essential to prepare your tiling. Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you require, preparing the wall and planning out the position of the tiles are all vital factors. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you need to know prior to 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 discuss how to:
- Repair entire tiles to a wall
- Cut tiles for obstacles and corners and apply corner tile trim
- Grout and surface wall tiles
- Seal around the edges of tiling
Tools & Products
- Wall tiles
- Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that require filling. We recommend 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 save time
- Tile spacers
- Hygienic sealant – we recommend anti-mould sealant for a surface that lasts
- Grout – we advise ready-mixed grout
- Multi-purpose clothes
- Tile trim – as required.
- Measuring tape
- Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen – if needed, to mark tiles for cutting
- Notched trowel (also known as a notched spreader).
- Tile cutter.
- Tile file – if needed.
- Hacksaw – if required, to cut the tile trim.
- Grout spreader (likewise called a grout float).
- Grout finisher (likewise referred to as a grout shaper).
- Claw hammer.
- Spirit level.
- Cartridge weapon – if needed. Some sealant comes as a trigger weapon and doesn’t require a cartridge weapon. Check the product directions for the sealant.
- Sealant smoother.
- Safety gloves.
- Dust mask.
- When cutting tiles, use safety goggles and a dust mask to protect you from flying fragments and sharp edges.
How to tile a whole wall.
As soon as you have actually planned the tiles, prepared the wall and repaired your timber battens, lay entire tiles first by following these actions.
Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, beginning in the corner formed by the timber battens. 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 make sure there’s an equal quantity behind each tile, making it simpler to get them all level. Attempt not to deal with more than one square metre at a time, as the adhesive might start hardening prior to you have actually 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.
If your tiles are larger than 20 x 20, apply adhesive to the wall and also on the back of the tiles.
Place your first tile into the corner, pushing its edges against the corners and the whole tile firmly against the wall. Then include a tile above it and one beside the original tile pushing them firmly into the adhesive using a twisting action.
Wipe off any adhesive from the tiles with a moist sponge as you go– if you let it dry it’ll be really hard to take off.
Leading pointer – applying mosaic tiles.
When applying 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 ought to use your hand to ensure they’re all individually bedded into the adhesive.
When needed, put tile spacers into the corners between the tiles and change the tile positions as and. Press them in strongly and place them flush versus the wall so you can grout over them.
Include another tile above the last one you used, and another beside it. Continue using the whole tiles in this way up until you have actually tiled the location covered with tile adhesive.
Apply another square metre of adhesive and tiles till you have repaired all the whole tiles.
At the edges of the wall, put one leg of the spacer in between the tiles so the rest is protruding– we’ll remove this later before grouting.
Delegate dry for the length of time directed on the tile adhesive guidelines.
Remove the vertical timber batten by prising out it’s nails with the claw of a hammer.
Repair entire tiles to the other area of the wall, beginning with the corner beside the tiles you have actually already repaired.
Once all the entire tiles have been repaired and are dry, get rid of the horizontal lumber batten.
Now you have actually fixed all of the entire tiles, you’re ready to fill the edges and corners of the wall. Head to ‘How to tile corners’ to learn how to do this.
How to tile corners.
In this area, we’ll talk you through tiling corners. There are two types of corner– external and internal. These could be corners developed by corners or walls produced by blockages:.
The corner sign up with in between two walls, for example the corner of a room, or the corner produced by a door frame.
Outward-facing corner that protrudes into the room, for example 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 explain both methods in this section.
In some cases you might find that you can fit entire tiles across the wall without requiring to cut a tile for the corner. If no cuts are needed, jump to the section ‘How to finish and grout wall tiles’.
In many cases, you’ll need to cut a tile to suit the corner.
How to measure and mark tiles for cutting.
There are 2 ways 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 against the wall and mark where it overlaps the one below with a tile scribe, chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen.
Take separate measurements at the top and bottom of the area 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 short article for suggestions on this.
After you’ve 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 totally accurate as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall if you’re likewise going to tile the adjacent wall.
How to tile internal corners.
After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you require to make any small adjustments use a tile file. If you’re likewise going to tile the surrounding wall, you do not have to be absolutely accurate as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall.
Utilize the narrow end of a notched spreader to put adhesive on the back of the cut tile. Press it into place so it’s level with the adjacent 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 begin grouting and ending up the tiles. For advice on this, dive to our section ‘How to complete and grout wall tiles’.
How to tile external corners.
Usage tile trims to get a cool finish on external corners. It likewise assists to protect the edges of the tiles from knocks, which might chip them. The trim is available in a series of products, shapes, sizes and colours. Here we’re using white 1/4 inch external edge tile trim.
Finish tiling your first wall.
Use a tape measure to measure the length of the edge that you’ll be repairing the tile trim to.
Step the tile trim to the very same size and make a mark on it to indicate where to cut. Use a hacksaw to cut the tile trim to the length you require.
Add 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 two spacers between the trim and each tile (one near the top of the tile and one near the bottom) to ensure there’s a space for grout.
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.
Start tiling your 2nd wall, working away from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, remember to permit a narrow grouting gap in between them and the trim. Insert spacers and adjust the tiles as you go, so the space remains the exact same and the trim remain in place.
How to grout and finish wall tiles.
Once the tiles are fixed in place and the adhesive has actually dried, it’s time to use the grout.
Get rid of the protruding 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 between tiles. Continue until you have actually grouted all the joints. The grout will quickly start to harden, so do this as quick as you can.
If you’re grouting a big area, split it into sections and grout an area at a time. This is to avoid the grout hardening excessive whilst you finish grouting the whole area.
Instantly after you finish using the grout, go over the tiles with a moist sponge (but not too damp as this might cause discolouration) to remove any excess. Take care not to drag any grout from the joints.
Leave the grout to dry. As it does, you’ll discover a grainy movie appear on the tiles from all the sponging. Wipe this off with a soft, tidy fabric.
How to seal around the edge of tiling.
Sealing around the edge of tiling is important to stop water supporting the tiles, especially 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.
Attach the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the tip, as directed by the product directions. Put the sealant into the cartridge gun if required.
Run a constant bead of sealant, working from one end of the tiled area to the other, from left to right. Attempt to keep a constant pressure on the trigger of the gun and a constant speed when you’re doing this.
Smooth any irregularities 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.
Leave the sealant to dry.
Computing the number of tiles & adhesive you need, preparing and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all necessary aspects. Our guide to preparing your wall tiles covers all you require to understand prior to tiling.
In our example we’re tiling an entire wall with square tiles in a linear tiling design. If you’re also going to tile the nearby wall, you do not have to be completely accurate as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall.
Start tiling your second wall, working away from the corner trim.
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