Installing Tile around a Bathroom Sink: 4 Tips
Installing tile around bathroom sinks is one way of adding an attractive value to a home while adding a personal touch. The process, which takes four steps, begins by first measuring the space to be tiled. Then a test run needs to be performed with plastic spacers, after which tiles can be fixed with the help of some thin-set mortar. The test run will demonstrate whether the tiles are covering and fitting the space properly. It also gives an idea as to how the bathroom will look after the tiling is over and done with. The best way to consider installation tips is by running through the basic steps.
1. Use Full Tiles First
To begin with, it is necessary to have appropriate tools. It pays to select a tiny area for applying some thin-set mortar, which is best done with a trowel that is a small sized hand tool that helps in scooping and spreading plaster. Placing full tiles one by one onto this mortar so that the tiles are secured in place will complete the basic work. Be sure to use plastic spacers between each of the installed tiles.
2. Cut Tiles
It may be necessary to cut some tiles and for this it pays to use a tile saw or cutter. Be sure to cut the tiles until they reach the edges of the sink. Remember that it will also pay to cut the tiles and measure them to a proper size, after which it is easy to install them in the same manner as was done with full tiles.
3. Install the Sink
When installing the sink be careful that it is made to lie on top of the tiles that were cut. After this, there is no reason to keep the plastic spacers, so simply remove them. It is important that the tiles be allowed to dry out completely. Allow a day for this to happen, and then the job of installing tiles around a bathroom sink will have been completed.
4. Complete the Task
There is, however, another step that has to be taken before the work can be said to be truly complete. After it is clear that the thin-set has completely dried out, it pays to consider adding some grout between each tile. Grout is a thin material that is used in masonry to fill up cracks. Although there are several different grout colors to choose from, it pays to pick a color that matches the color of the tiles.
A float made from rubber should ideally be used to work this grout into each nook and cranny of each tile. Doing so ensures a neater look and in addition the grout, if properly applied, will then be able to prevent mildew and water from getting under the tiles. So, be careful that this step is done assiduously and carefully. Again, wait for a day for the grout to dry out. Once it is dry, with the help of a slightly wet sponge, wipe away all signs of grout on the surface of the tiles. Don't worry if this step takes a little time because it is necessary that each tile is treated very carefully. Remember, that traces of grout on the tiles can cause scratching or even damaging of any material set on the tiles, which is to be avoided as much as is possible.
Installing tile around a bathroom sink is quite straightforward. Being careful about getting the measurements right and applying the mortar and grout properly will help to ensure desirable results.