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Bathroom Tiling – The Do’s & Don’ts

Bathroom Tiling – The Do’s & Don’ts

We’ve put together a helpful list of things to consider before starting any bathroom tiling project…

The do’s

  • Do consider the best type of tile for the different areas of your bathroom. For example, a slippery tile surface might look great on a wall, but it will not be suitable for the floor.
  • Do measure the area you wish to tile accurately and always buy more tiles than you will actually need. This will allow for any that are damaged or need to be cut down.
  • Do remember to use a good water resistant backer board before tiling a bathroom floor. We recommend the HardieBacker EZ Grid for excellent bonding. This product will not swell, rot, or delaminate like plywood in high moisture conditions.
  • Do begin tiling from the centre of the bathroom, working your way outwards – this will ensure you make the most of your tiles and create an even pattern.
  • Do take care if you are carrying out any of your own tiling work and remember to keep all electrical cables and sockets completely out of the way.
  • Do wear appropriate safety wear. Gloves are a must and you should also consider purchasing goggles and knee protectors.

The don’ts…

  • Don’t buy your tiles without taking home a few samples first. You may think they look great in the showroom, but they could look completely different when you test them in your own bathroom.
  • Don’t forget to use a water resistant tile adhesive. We recommend Mapei Super Flexible Adhesive, which is suitable for use in bathrooms and showers.
  • Don’t put any unused adhesive or grout down the drain or toilet. It will block up the pipes! Instead, pour the remaining liquid into a plastic bag and leave it to set.
  • Don’t walk on the tiles whilst the adhesive is still drying. Remember to allow the correct drying time specified on the packaging.
  • Don’t forget to use tile spacers. They are a very useful little tool and ensure a neat and accurate finish.
  • Don’t try to tile over a stain or damp patch. This could be a warning sign of a serious plumbing problem. Call in an expert to help identify the problem and advise you on the best solution.