Tiling a room does not have to be an ordeal, but it can be if you don’t approach the job correctly. This is one of the top reasons why people call in a professional, because it is better to call in help than to pay for materials, ruin them, and then have to call in help later!
However, you can handle a small tiling job, or even a larger one, on your own if you learn how to do it upfront, and know what to avoid. The following is a quick guide to tiling that should help you finish a bathroom or kitchen without any major issues.
Prepping to Tile
First of all, before you start any tiling job you need to make sure that your walls are ready for the tiles. It is essential that your wall is smooth if you want your tiles to affix correctly. You need to check over any wall or floor space you plan to tile, to make sure that there are no chunks of glue, wallpaper, or plaster left behind. You also want to clean the surface thoroughly to make sure all of the dust is gone before beginning.
Tools needed to tile
Next, you need to rely on your tools, so make sure you have the right ones. At the very least you need to make sure you have a grouting pad, sandpaper, tile cutter, pencil, and sponge.
You also should look into an electrical tile saw, because getting a precise cut is worth the extra few pounds. Plus, it will save you hours in time when it comes to cutting the tiles, which can easily turn into a very lengthy process. This is even truer if you are laying an intricate pattern of small tiles.
Less is more when it comes to your usage of grout. It can be tempting to use a lot of grout in between tiles to make sure that everything is waterproof; however, if you use too much, the wall tiles will end up uneven and very rough. A little grout is all it takes to waterproof the space between the tiles, and it'll save you a lot of money on adhesive. Start out using a minimal amount, and as it dries you will be able to see that it adequately fills the spaces without looking chunky and hasty.
Speaking of grout, grouting is a tedious job that may feel as if it lasts forever. In order to help speed up the process, use a moist sponge to clean up the tiles as you go. This way you do not have to be quite as precise but will still get a finish that is appealing enough for most people.
Of course, if you find any of these steps difficult, or decide you would rather not mess with tiling at all, you can always call in a professional to take care of the task for you.