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How to tile a wall
Create a spectacular wall with attractive, durable and practical wall tiles
Tiling is a knowledgeable job but we’re here to help you get the best finish to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling an entire bathroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a kitchen area or a little area around a fireplace, our guidance will assist you accomplish a great result.
Prior to you start, it’s important to plan your tiling. Calculating the variety of tiles & adhesive you need, preparing and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all important factors. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you require 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 direct tiling style. We’ll explain how to:
- Repair entire tiles to a wall
- Cut tiles for barriers and corners and use corner tile trim
- Grout and finish wall tiles
- Seal around the edges of tiling
Tools & Products
- Wall tiles
- Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that require filling. If the hole in the wall is larger than the size of your fist, we advise getting a professional to make the repair.
- Tile adhesive – we suggest ready-mixed tile adhesive to save time
- Tile spacers
- Sanitary sealant – we suggest anti-mould sealant for a surface that lasts
- Grout – we advise ready-mixed grout
- Multi-purpose clothes
- Tile trim – as needed.
- Measuring tape
- Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen – if needed, to mark tiles for cutting
- Notched trowel (likewise known as a notched spreader).
- Tile cutter.
- Tile file – if needed.
- Hacksaw – if needed, to cut the tile trim.
- Grout spreader (also referred to as a grout float).
- Grout finisher (likewise referred to as a grout shaper).
- Claw hammer.
- Spirit level.
- Cartridge gun – if required. Some sealant comes as a trigger weapon and does not need a cartridge weapon. Check the item guidelines for the sealant.
- Sealant smoother.
- Security gloves.
- Dust mask.
- Use security goggles and a dust mask to protect you from flying fragments and sharp edges when cutting tiles.
How to tile a whole wall.
As soon as you’ve prepared the tiles, prepared the wall and repaired your lumber battens, lay whole tiles initially by following these actions.
Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, starting in the corner formed by the timber 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 amount 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 could begin solidifying before you’ve put all the tiles in place.
Choose an appropriate 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 also on the back of the tiles.
Position your first tile into the corner, pushing its edges against the corners and the whole tile securely against the wall. Then include a tile above it and one next to the initial tile pushing them strongly into the adhesive using a twisting action.
Wipe off any adhesive from the tiles with a damp sponge as you go– if you let it dry it’ll be extremely tough to take off.
Top suggestion – applying 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 different 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 needed. Push them in firmly and place them flush against the wall so you can grout over them.
Include another tile above the last one you applied, and another next to 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 until 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 sticking out– we’ll remove this later prior to grouting.
Leave to 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 whole tiles to the other section of the wall, beginning with the corner beside the tiles you’ve currently repaired.
As soon as all the whole tiles have actually been fixed and are dry, eliminate the horizontal wood 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 kinds of corner– internal and external. These could be corners produced by corners or walls developed by obstructions:.
The corner join between 2 walls, for instance the corner of a space, or the corner developed by a door frame.
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 approach for tiling depending upon the kind of corner, and we’ll discuss both approaches in this area.
In some cases you may discover that you can fit whole tiles throughout 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’.
Most of the times, you’ll require to cut a tile to suit the corner.
How to determine and mark tiles for cutting.
There are two ways to determine and mark a tile for cutting:.
Hold the tile you’ll be cutting over the last entire 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 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 in between them with a pencil or felt-tip pen, giving 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.
After you have actually cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you require to make any little adjustments utilize a tile file.
You do not have to be absolutely 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.
After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you need to make any little changes use a tile file. You do not have to be completely accurate as the edges will be concealed by the tiles on the other wall if you’re also going to tile the adjacent wall.
Use 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 surrounding tile. If you require to, Use spacers.
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, jump to our section ‘How to grout and end up wall tiles’.
How to tile external corners.
Use tile trims to get a cool finish on external corners. It also assists to safeguard the edges of the tiles from knocks, which might chip them.
Finish tiling your very first wall.
Use a tape measure to determine the length of the edge that you’ll be fixing the tile trim to.
Procedure the tile trim to the exact same size and make a mark on it to suggest where to cut. Utilize 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 gap for grout.
Put more tile adhesive on the untitled wall with the notched trowel. Include the adhesive vertically from top to bottom to avoid knocking the tile trim out of place with the teeth of the notched trowel.
Start tiling your second wall, working away from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, keep in mind to permit a narrow grouting gap in between them and the trim. Place spacers and adjust the tiles as you go, so the space remains the exact same and the trim stays in place.
How to complete and grout wall tiles.
When the tiles are repaired in place and the adhesive has dried, it’s time to apply the grout.
Eliminate the protruding tile spacers at the edges of the wall and at corners.
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 referred to as a grout float, to spread it, making long, diagonal strokes and working it into the joints between tiles. Continue up until you’ve grouted all the joints. The grout will quickly begin to harden, so do this as fast as you can.
Divided it into areas and grout a section at a time if you’re grouting a large location. This is to prevent the grout hardening too much whilst you complete grouting the entire location.
Instantly after you end up applying the grout, go over the tiles with a wet sponge (but not too wet as this may trigger 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 observe a powdery movie appear on the tiles from all the sponging. Clean this off with a soft, clean fabric.
How to seal around the edge of tiling.
Sealing around the edge of tiling is essential to stop water supporting the tiles, especially around worktops, basins and kitchen area sinks. Water behind tiles can trigger damage to the wall, fixtures and fittings. We’ll talk you through sealing the edge of tiling with sanitary sealant.
Attach the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the pointer, as directed by the product guidelines. Put the sealant into the cartridge gun if needed.
Run a continuous 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 consistent pressure on the trigger of the gun and a consistent speed.
Smooth any abnormalities in the shape of the bead with a sealant smoother (or a damp finger), but take care not to pull the sealant from the surface.
Leave the sealant to dry.
Determining the number of tiles & adhesive you need, preparing the wall and preparing out the position of the tiles are all essential factors. Our guide to planning 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 direct tiling style. If you’re also going to tile the surrounding 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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