Tiling Guide - Plush Bathroom Design
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Tiling Guide

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  1. Buy all your tiles at the same time to avoid colour changes that can occur from batch to batch
  2. Calculate your tiles by first measuring your area and dividing it by the size of the tiles you wish to use, make sure you count half tiles as whole tiles in your calculations and add 10% for breakages and damage.
  3. Open all the tile boxes at home and mix up the tiles so if there are any subtle colour changes they will not be noticeable once your tiling is finished.
  4. Use Waterproof Tile Adhesive.
  5. Use Waterproof Tile Grout.
  6. Use tile spacers which are really cheap and much more effective than matches and bits of cardboard!
  7. Use a trowel and a grout float for the best application and finish.
  8. Purchase a couple of sponges to wipe of excess grout (even the kids can help with this!)
  9. Purchase a Plum Bob and line (useful for lots of jobs around the house).
  10. Use a measuring stick (a long piece of wood is fine) the same length of your wall and measure your tile lengths across the stick. Planning how your tiles will be laid prevents you having to cut too many small fiddly tiles and cuts down breakages from tile cutting.
  11. Attach a piece of wood to the wall, 4mm (for mastic), one tile height plus grout line up so you have a level starting point. Leave 10mm at each corner to prevent having to squeeze tiles in.
  12. Start in one corner and work your way across.
  13. Put whole tiles on first, then add the half tiles you have cut.
  14. If doing a brickwork finish cut off one prong of the spacers (and use them in places where a whole spacer cannot be fitted.)
  15. For high up and hard to reach tiles, put the adhesive on the back of the tile to prevent waste and spillages.
  16. Leave tiles to set for 24 hours before grouting.
  17. Clean out any adhesive that is dried gently and carefully before grouting.
  18. Work grout into joints carefully and evenly removing air bubbles and lumps and bumps as you go.
  19. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes then use a damp sponge and gently, in a diagonal motion, clean off the excess grout.
  20. Use a dry cloth when dry to buff up your shiny new tiles!