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Easy Guide to Bathroom Tile

Most people know they can dramatically change the appearance of their bathroom by changing the tile. However, most people also think it's a difficult chore to do so. It doesn't have to be that bad, though. With patience and effort entire walls can be retiled easily to add color, textures and patterns to create the most dramatic of new looks. And fortunately, tiles don't have to expensive to be beautiful.

To tile effectively you must have the correct materials and equipment.

  1. Moisture resistant gypsum wallboard
  2. Fiberglass tape
  3. Pre-mixed mastic
  4. Non-sanded grout and grout sealer
  5. V- groove edge trowel and rubber back float
  6. Tile cutter and nippers
  7. Rubber black float
  8. Sponges and soft cloths and foam brushes
  9. Chalk line
  10. Safety wear; goggles and gloves
  11. A bucket for mixing

To work out the amount of materials and the number of tiles needed takes careful measurements of the walls. To find the square footage for each wall measure the wall vertically and horizontally and multiply the measurements. From the square footage of each wall you can work out the number of tiles needed for each wall using their dimensions by division and the amount of wallboard and other materials needed.

It is important to prepare the surfaces well ensuring that are clean, dry and smooth. Wallboard seams need to be covered with the fiberglass tape and any cracks filled in and smoothed with mastic. Use a chalk line, snapped vertically and horizontally, to prepare for the first straight row. This allows for walls that may have a slant.

The first tile should be placed where the lines intersect and the first row of tiles laid along the chalk lines to keep them level beginning with a whole tile where the walls meet. A tip here is to have all the whole tiles in line of sight from the door. Allow for whole tiles in your calculations even though many will need to be trimmed to fit at the end of the walls, around windows and doorways.

You may have chosen to create your own patterns and designs to customize your tiling with different colors or textured. It is useful to have a plan written down and to stand back occasionally from the wall to check your progress.

Cutting tiles to fit takes a little practice at first and it is useful to practice on a spare if you are unsure. Measure, mark and score where needed with the tile cutter. Carefully snip off the excess by resting one side of the tile on a level surface and applying gentle pressure. Use the tile nippers to nip off excess tile to fit around corners or curves around fixtures.

Trimmed tiles edges are extremely sharp so gloves and goggles are a must.

Once the tiles are up it is important to wipe of all the excess mastic thoroughly and allow it time to dry and adhere to the tile to the wall, at least two days.

Once the tiles are dry they need to be grouted. There are many new colors of grouting on the market now designed to contrast or compliment the wall tiles. With careful selection the effects can be stunning. It is possible to make your own grouting, mixing it by hand to the thickness of frosting. It is also possible to buy ready mixed. To fill the grooves between the tiles use the rubber back float to fill the crevices at a 45-degree angle then wipe of the excess. Once all the gaps are filled use a damp sponge to clean of tile surfaces but not wipe away the grout. Finish off using a soft, damp cloth to bring the tiles to a shine and seal with a anti-mildew sealer taking special care around the sink, bath and shower.

With a little hard work and patience a whole new room has been created for you to enjoy.

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