How to Lay Ceramic Wall Tile How to Lay Ceramic Wall Tile
Wall tile installation can produce attractive interior surfaces for your home, and it is also one of the most inexpensive options to help you create a decorative wall. Ceramic wall tile is easy to take care of, which makes it a popular choice by homeowners. Ease of installation further adds to the appeal of the tiles. Wall tile is available in various sizes and colors. This helps you to create a fresh and attractive look in your home. The guide below will help you undertake the project successfully in your home.
Step 1 – Markings
Locate the center of the wall. Use the carpenter’s level to draw vertical and horizontal lines that intersect. Dry fit a row of tiles from the center and work outwards till you reach the wall ends. The tiles on both ends of the row should be of a similar size. If you note a disparity, you’ll need to make some adjustments on the vertical reference line to achieve the desired match.
Step 2 – Apply Adhesive
Apply a thin coat of tile adhesive at the center where you’ll begin to lay the tiles. Cover a 3-square feet area with adhesive. Distribute it uniformly with the smooth part of the trowel. Use the notched part of the trowel to make ridges in the adhesive. This will facilitate the effective attachment of the tiles.
Step 3 – Lay the Tiles
Take one tile and press it firmly into the adhesive. Twist the tile slightly to create a strong bond with the adhesive. Install tile spacers on each of the four sides of the tile. This helps to create consistent grout lines. Trim the tiles at the edges with a tile cutter to enable a better fit. Reduce sharpness along the tile edges with 100-grit sandpaper. Lay the tiles in 3-square feet sections until the entire wall is covered with tiles.
Step 4 – Irregular Shapes and Obstructions
It can be difficult to shape tiles to the required shape in awkward areas and around obstructions. Use tile nippers, as a tile cutter is inadequate for effective shaping. Nip off tiny pieces of the tile until it conforms to the desired shape. Allow the tiles to set in the adhesive overnight.
Step 5 – Grout Application
Pull out the tile spacers and prepare the grout accordingly. For grout applied in the kitchen or bathroom, a waterproofing agent is required. It is best to apply the grout in 3-square feet sections. Apply the grout with a rubber float at a 45 degree angle. Firmly press in the grout so that it reaches the bottom of the seams. Use a sponge and clean water to clear off excess grout. Allow about 1 hour for the grout to dry. Buff the grout lines with a soft cloth.
Step 6 – Apply Caulk
Buff the grout lines again after 1 day to clear any grout haze. Seal the cut tile edges with silicone caulk. For tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, be sure to use a mildew resistant caulk.