Tiling a shower needs some extra planning and thought put into it before you start slapping on adhesive to walls, read on to see some tips and points for when your tackling the tiling yourself.
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How To Tile a Shower
Tiling a shower can add a stylish and functional touch to any bathroom. But before you start, it's important to plan and prepare properly to ensure a smooth and successful tiling experience.
Preparing the shower: Start by removing any existing tile or shower pan. Next, make sure the shower walls are clean, dry, and free of any debris. If you find any cracks or holes in the walls, fill them, and cover with a waterproofing compound and let dry.
Measuring and planning: Measure the shower walls and floor to determine the amount of tile and grout you'll need. Then, plan the layout of the tile on the walls and floor. It's important to consider the size and shape of the tiles, as well as the overall design of the shower.
Marking the walls: Use a level and a straight edge to mark the walls where the tile will be installed. This will help you ensure that the tile is level and straight during the installation process.
Applying the tile adhesive: Apply tile adhesive to the shower walls, spreading it evenly with a notched trowel. Then, press the tiles onto the adhesive, making sure they're level and straight. Be sure to use spacers between the tiles to ensure even spacing.
Cutting the tiles: If you need to cut tiles to fit around corners or other areas, use a tile cutter or a wet saw, but also make sure the blade is sharp or the tiles could crack a little.
Applying grout: Once the tile is dry, remove the spacers and apply grout to the gaps between the tiles. Use a rubber float to smooth the grout and wipe away any excess. Wait the suggested time frame and then smooth and polish the grout ready to be sealed. Allow the grout to dry.
Sealing the grout: Once the grout is dry, (I like to leave it for a few hours over the recommended time just to be sure) it's important to seal it to protect it from water and stains. Use a grout sealer and don't forget to wipe of the excess as its a bit of a nightmare to remove once dried.
Once the sealing has been done, do a massive clean down of the full space, and its ready to use!
Tiling a shower can be a challenging task, but with proper planning and preparation, it can be a rewarding experience. Feel free to get in touch for some advice if your planning your own renovation.
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