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How To Lay Wall Tiles

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Tools you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tile Cutter
  • Spirit level
  • Notched trowel
  • Sponge
  • Flexible trowel
  • Pincers
  • Spacer pegs
  • Timber battens equal to the length of each wall.

Be sure to have enough tiles and adhesive agent to complete the designated area.

1. Before you start

If tiles are to be laid in a wet area, ensure waterproofing has been applied in the appropriate areas.

Ensure the right type of adhesive compound is being used, read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow each step as suggested.

Inspect the walls and check for any dabs or nails protruding from the wall and remove them

Be sure the walls are is completely clean and dry.

2. Starting off

Place the equal length batten at the bottom of the wall to be tiled. Place the batten on top of packers raising the batten to approximately half a tile high from the top of the batten.

Using a tile as a template. Mark out horizontal placement of the tiles on the batten. To eliminate any unsightly small cuts, ensure tile placement allows for at least half a tile to either side of the wall. Door and window openings should also be taken in consideration of eliminating small cuts.

Also check the vertical placement of tiles, if need be you may adjust the batten. Be sure to leave at least half a tile from the highest point of the finished floor level.

Use a spirit level and ensure the batten is level, are you’re ready to go.

3. Applying them

The first row of tiles will be laid on top of the batten, and you will need to work your way up the wall placing the tiles one row at a time.

Apply the adhesive using the notched trowel/spreader onto the wall. Work to areas of about 2 to rows at a time.

4. Placing them on the wall

Once you have applied the adhesive start to lay tiles from the bottom one row at a time, use spacers to ensure a uniform joint.

Check the vertical and horizontal lines with a spirit level every 2 or 3 rows.

Clean off excess adhesive using a damp sponge from the surface of tiles and the joints to allow for grout.

Once the wall above the batten is completed, and the adhesive has dried (check manufacturers instructions).

Remove the batten and complete last row of tiling.

Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for the remainder walls to be tiled.

5. Finishing

Grouting should only take place 12 to 14 hours after tile placement.

Grout may come in a powder form or pre-mixed. Follow manufacturers details on preparing the grout.

Once grout is prepared, force the grout into the joints using a flexible trowel or sponge. Work the grout over all tile joints.

Remove excess grout of tile surface with a clean damp sponge.

Once grout has dried, polish walls with a dry cloth.

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