Bathroom Tile Installation
Are you ready to enjoy the Installation of new tiles replacing the old worn out tiles?
Definitely the answer should be ‘Yes’. Especially when the old tiles have been there for years and you want
something different or may be you are renovating your entire house; this might be the right opportunity to install
new bathroom tiles.
Bathroom tile installation is definitely a long process but
not a difficult one. This article should help you through to be confident in installing new tiles to your
Materials needed for the installation of new bathroom
You will need a chalk line, a roller, a notched trowel, a putty knife, a heat gun,
odorless mineral spirits, floor covering adhesive and last but not the least replacement new tiles of your
Starting the tile installation process:
Initially use the heat gun to heat the existing tiles. This would warm up one tile at a
time, losing its adhesive making it easier to remove. Putty knife can be used to pray the old tile after loosened
from the base. It is important to gear yourself with a sanding respirator as the process is more likely to release
toxins into the air. Sanding respirator would protect you from dangerous fumes. If your tiles are made of asbestos
fibres, than please call in a professional since it could be too dangerous to remove the asbestos tiles as they
pose health risk.
Second option would be to place the new tiles on the old tiles, this is if you don’t mind
the height and are comfortable with the increased height.
You can use mineral spirits to remove the rest of the adhesive from the floor and scrape
the old adhesive from the floor with a putty knife.
Measuring the mortar and drawing the marking
You start of by measuring the exposed mortar before you begin to draw the guidelines this
is to see if the exposed mortar is in level with a marking line. Manufacturer specifications are clear and hence
you can use the marking line as a guide in applying mortar accordingly to the designated areas. With a measuring
tape you can divide your bathroom into four perpendicular quadrants. It is important to measure a ninety degree
angle at the centre of the room. You can use the dry tiles to make your markings perfect so that you will have a
discernment of how many tiles will fit in to the marks you made previously. You can design the tiles the way you
want by cutting their edges making them fit into the marking areas.
Use of tile adhesive
DAVCO tile cement is one of the best adhesive used in bathroom tile installation. You can
use DAVCO and spread it around the floor to the thickness that is specified on the terms by the manufacturer. With
the use of adhesive you can also use measuring line to measure up straight thickness of the adhesive. Second step
is to apply adhesive at the back of the tile and lay the tile one at a time. Please keep a note; it is important to
start this process in the centre of your bathroom where the marking lines intersect. Starting from the centre will
help you balance the markings throughout the bathroom and especially orderly with the installed
Getting ready for the last piece of the bathroom tile
Fitting the border tiles is not a difficult job, make sure that the tiles are measured
smaller so that it fits in correctly. While fitting the border tiles, you might want to measure them again so that
they are in line with the other tiles and perfectly symmetrical. You can use the cardboard template when you are
trying to fit the first tile layers, especially the corner ones.
Practice will make you perfect in fitting the border tiles because they are a hard job and
especially when you want it to be so perfect.
Concluding the bathroom tile
This part is concluding the process of bathroom tile installation by using a roller pin
and making sure that the air between the tile and the floor is pressed out. You can roll the pin both direction and
please do not walk on the tiles until the entire process of installation is complete. If you see extra adhesive
oozing out or on top of tiles than you might use a damp towel to wipe out the excess adhesive you see oozing
outside the tiles
Hope this article helps you enjoy your entire bathroom tile installation and more than
anything ‘Have fun while working at it’.