How to Install Bathroom Tile in 9 Steps

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Tiles and spacers
Tile cutter
Tile saw
Grout and grout spreader
Tile nibblers or sandpaper
Adhesive spreader
Tile cutting jig blade
Gloves (optional)

If you have decided to remodel your bathroom, you may need to install new bathroom tile as part of the project. It's a job that can be done without a contractor over a weekend.Once you pick your tile and design style, you can simply follow these 9 steps to install bathroom tile in a way that makes your job easier.

Step 1 - Measure Your Space

Take appropriate measurements of all areas where you are planning to add tile. These precise measurements are needed to make sure you purchase the correct amount of tile and other materials.

Step 2 - Prepare the Area

Before installing the tile, prepare the area for the project. Ensure that all surfaces are in good repair and are thoroughly cleaned and dry. That includes the removal of any previous tile or wallpaper.

Step 3 - Do a Test Run

After the area is properly prepared, do a dry run of tile placement. It entails laying the tile, starting at the center of the space and moving outwards. Leave room for the spacers and check the edge of the tiles to make sure they will match. Make any necessary adjustments so all patterns and edges match before taking tile back up. You can also take a photograph if that will help with installment.

Step 4 - Apply the Adhesive

Begin applying adhesive with adhesive spreader in the middle of the floor or wall. Adhesive should be applied in approximately 1-meter squares, depending upon the size of your tiles and workspace.

Lay tile on adhesive as you did in the dry run, inserting spacers between them and using your sponge to wipe away extra adhesive from top of tiles as necessary.

Step 5 - Cut Borders and Edges

Once you have the main floor laid, it’s time to work on the borders and edges. Use a pencil to very mark your tiles where they will need to be cut, or use a paper and pencil to trace. Use the pattern to make cuts.

Wearing goggles and using appropriate safety precautions, use your cutters and saw to shape the rest of the tiles to fit snugly where they need to go. Lay the rest of the tiles in the adhesive, again using spacers and a sponge where necessary.

Step 6 - Let It Set

Allow the adhesive to bond overnight.

Step 7 - Apply the Grout

Once the tiles are completely set and bonded with the adhesive, remove the spacers and prepare the grout. Mix the grout according to directions and start applying it with a grout spreader. It can be messy at times, so this is a good time to wear the gloves. Clean excess grout from the tiles as you go.

Once the grout has been applied, wait another hour and then check for excess grout again, wiping it away with a damp sponge.

Step 8 - Allow Grout to Harden

Wait several days for grout to set, then apply silicone sealant around areas that will be exposed to water, such as around the bathtub or sink. Use a dry cloth to polish tiles.

Step 9 - Let Your New Tile Firm

Wait 2 days before using the area where your new tiles are firming and setting.