In this post we will tell you how to lay the perfect floor and wall tiles, our step to step guides have everything you need to know to bring the x factor into your home.

Checkout the dedicated checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything, we will even help you calculate the amount of tiles you will need to complete the task as well as a step to step guide, so save money by doing it yourself.

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Click on the images to purchase the equipment needed to begin tiling.

Check list – What you need before you start tiling:

  • Spirit level
  • Latex Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Masking tape
  • Dry Cloth
  • Pipe & Cable
  • Detector
  • Grout
  • Spreader
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Sponge
  • Tile Clippers
  • Tile Cutters
  • Tile Spacers
  • Bucket
  • Tile Adhesive
  • Trowel

Before laying the tiles it is important to :-

  • prepare your existing floor
  • choose which tiles you need
  • calculate the correct amount of tiles to buy

Top Tip: Always buy 10% more tiles than you will need to allow for breakages.

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5 key steps an easy guide to tiling

 

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How to cut your tiles

For simple straight cuts, tiles can be scored with a tile cutter then “snapped” off to leave the desired size. We would either recommend a plier cutter or a flat bed cutter to make cutting easier. If you only need to trim the edge of a tile, scribe the tile first, and then use a pair of tile nippers to “nibble off” the excess.

How to apply tiles

Measuring up

Wall tiles-Secure the starting battens in place, making sure they are straight and square with a spirit level.

Make sure the tiles are straight! In order to do that mark a line in the centre of the wall in both directions with chalk and lay the tiles along to see if they fit.

If the final gap at the wall is less than half a tile move the tile away from the centre line to have a half tile width at the room edges.

Floor tiles-To make sure your tiles look straight, mark a line along the centre of the room in both directions (vertically and horizontally) with chalk and lay the tiles along it to see if they fit.

If the final gap at the wall is less than half a tile move the tile away from the centre line to have a half tile width at the room edges.

Applying the adhesive

Spread the tile adhesive evenly, using a notched spreader. Do not spread more than you can tile in 20 minutes using standard adhesives.

Place tile spacers between each tile using a twisting action. This will ensure an even covering of adhesive underneath and achieve accurate and even tile spacing.

Regularly check the tiles are straightened using a spirit level.

Once all tiles are in place, leave the adhesive to dry for 24hrs before grouting.

Wipe away any excess adhesive from the tiles with a sponge or a cloth.

Applying the Grouting

Use a grout spreader to push the grout into all the gaps.

When all the grout is in place create a professional finish by wiping any excess grout at 45 degrees from the tile surfaces with a sponge.

Finally, buff the tiles with a soft, dry cloth.

 

 

 

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