There’s often very little more satisfying than going about and completing a successful DIY bathroomtiling effort, the keyword in this instance of course is being ‘successful’.
The simple fact of the matter is that tiling a bathroom isn’t nearly as easy as it may appear on paper, or as the professionals make it look – underestimating the job is the biggest mistake you can make. But at the same time, it usually tends to be one of a small number of incredibly common errors that sees efforts coming a cropper and good intentions going to pot.
Here’s a quick overview of our most essential bathroom tiling tips:
1 – Bad Floor Tile Choice.
First of all, there are certain types of tiles which although quite brilliantly suited to the walls of the bathroom would cause a thousand and one accidents a day were they to be used for the floor. We’re contacted every day by people who can’t understand why their bathroom floor is more like an ice-rink than a safe and stable surface to walk on, only to find that in 90% of occasions they’ve used entirely the wrong tiles to get the job done. Tread with care, choose your tiles appropriately.
2 – Great Tiles, Grim Grout.
The frequency with which we hear of folk buying the most exquisite tiles on the market only to then fit them using barrel-bottom grout from the lowest-grade seller is pretty painful to say the least. Without high-quality adhesive of the same calibre as your tiles, it won’t be long before things are slipping, sliding, falling, chipping, and generally undoing all of your hard work. You need the right tools for the job, this includes the grout you choose.
3 – Dismissing Dry Times.
Let’s put it this way – you’ll never regret waiting a few extra hours just to make sure everything is dried solid and safe for use, but you very much might regret jumping the gun. If the grout or adhesive you use says to give it three, six or even 48 hours before turning on the shower, you’d better believe it’s in your best interest to do as you’re told. The damage you could do to a tiling effort that wasn’t fully dried really doesn’t bear thinking about.
4 – Low-Grade Tiles.
One of the problems with low-grade tiles is that when you buy them, they often look as nice and shiny as those of a much better standard. Sadly, they soon show their true colours when exposed to the slightest knocks, scuffs or changes in temperatures – all of which can lead to cracking, chipping, shattering, and general loss of all lustre and appeal.
5 – Spreading Grout Too Smoothly.
Last but not least, if you read the instructions you’ll probably note that it tells you to make sure you create horizontal ridges in your grout – not to make it all silky-smooth as instinct may tell you to do. If the grout’s too smooth, you’ll find it extremely difficult to manipulate the tiles into a smooth and even finish when the time comes to apply them.
Following these bathroom tiling tips will surely help you on your way to a successful DIY job.