Practical tiling tips from the professionals
Taking on a DIY project can give you a great sense of pride and achievement, and tiling is one of those jobs. To ensure you get a professional finish, our knowledgeable team has put together the below expert advice.
Planning is vital
The first stage of any tiling project is to plan where your tiles are going to go. Are you tiling the whole bathroom or just round wet areas like a basin and bath, or in a kitchen how big is your tiled splashback going to be? This will enable you to measure the area and then calculate how many tiles you will need. Additionally, this will help you plot where to start to achieve a symmetrical finish. Doing this planning at the start will help you save time in the long run.
Choosing the right tiles
In our showrooms we have a wide range of ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles and it’s important to check that the tiles you choose are suitable for the job. For example, the majority of tiles can be used on a wall, but not all tiles are suitable for the floor. For floors, it’s best to stick to travertine or porcelain - our Traverkway range is extremely popular and will give you wood effect flooring, but with all the benefits of porcelain tiles.
The perfect fix
To fix your new tiles to a wall you will need:
- Adhesive – make sure this is waterproof when using round wet areas
- Small ridged trowel
- Space savers
Start by spreading the adhesive over an area of around a metre squared with the trowel and then fix the tiles to the adhesive. The first tile is the most important to get right and level as this will give you a good guideline for the rest. Use the space savers between every tile to ensure you achieve an even gap ready for grouting.
Getting a clean cut
Cutting a tile can be one of the trickiest parts of the job, however it’s easily mastered. Inevitably you will need to cut a tile, so it’s worthwhile investing in a tile cutter. To start, score along the surface where you need to cut with the cutter, then hold the tile straight and run the cutter along it. The tile should snap apart easily. If you have a room with quirky angles, which will mean you have to cut quite a few tiles, it can be worth calling in a professional to take on the job.
A professional finish
The next stage is the grouting. Grout comes either ready-mixed - which is the easiest to use – or mix-it-yourself. Use the application tool that will come with the grout to spread the mixture between the tiles ensuring that all gaps are fully filled, then swoop the tool over the tiles to remove the excess. Leave the grout for between 15-30 minutes to set, then wipe off any surplus grout from the tiles with water. Once the grout has been applied to all the tiles, wash down the whole area and you’ll be left with a professional finish.
Ceramica Tiles: everything you need for a professional job
As well as stocking high quality ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles, we also have a range of accessories available, so our tile experts will ensure you have everything you need for the job. Pop in to one of our stores to view our extensive range, or speak to a member of the Ceramica Tiles team:
Addlestone: 01932 353 141
Ashtead: 01372 277 727
Amersham: 01494 728 500
Cheam: 020 8641 0808
Folkestone: 01303 278 750
Wimbledon: 020 8543 5413
Head Office: 020 8397 6284