How To Prepare For Tiling

To put it rather simply, in order to conduct successful tiling of your floor or walls, you will need three things: knowledge and skills or at least the right instructions, quality material and adequate tools. Easier said than done, of course, but it’s actually not that hard once you get familiar with the procedure. Probably the most important phase of the process is the preparation phase when you should prepare the surface you are about to tile and collect the required tools and material. If this phase is done properly, the mere tiling should go smoothly.

Collecting the tools and material

There are three things you have to take care of before engaging into the real work. First, make sure you are equipped properly. You will need quality paintbrushes and paint roller, a lot of plastic sheeting to protect the surrounding items, knives, staplers, cement board, measuring tape, screws, drill and protection items such as safety glasses and glows. The second thing you need to have is sufficient amount of the chosen tiles. Desired design of tiles is usually the first trait people spot, but don’t neglect the quality of the tiles and purchase at least 10% more than the surface imposes. You should always have some extra tile to replace the accidentally broken ones and the potentially damaged ones in the future. Finally, you need to prepare the surface thoroughly.

Preparing the surface

The main rule to keep in mind is that the better you prepare the surface about to be tiles, the better the adhesive will stick and tiles will last longer. The surface has to be completely cleaned of grease, dust, moisture and any other issue that might interfere with adhesive, as well as properly leveled. Depending on the texture of the surface you want to tile, there might be some specifics regarding preparation, but generally it all comes down to several common steps. First, remove all sorts of fittings, including screws and nails. Remove the plaster and the old wallpapers if there are any. Once you remove these, inspect the wall searching for any bigger cracks and damages that require filling. Use prepared layer to repair these damages and sand the walls once you’re done. Before and after the preparation of the surface, you should clean the dust and moisture off it, especially if you are tiling the walls in moisturized premises, such as kitchen or bathroom.

Applying adhesive and tiles

Before applying adhesive, you need to level the surface. Use flat timber or something similar to remove all larger bumps. There are several types of adhesive, but stick to the pre-mixed adhesives as the best option for layman. If tiling bathroom or kitchen, choose waterproof adhesive which is resistant to increased moisture. Finally, you’ve reached the mere tiling phase. The harder approach, but somewhat better is to gouge the surface and place the new tiles in desired order. The other way is to stick to the previous pattern and do the retiling. Apply sufficient pressure, be extremely precise and neat and let the surface dry properly intact.