Learn How to tile a bathroom floor

The process of giving your bathroom the best tiling floor begins with making sure everything required is available on site. These include tools such as cutter (for cutting tiles), notched trowel, vacuum cleaner, cement, tiles and many more. Once all the required tools and components are gathered near the bathroom. The first process is cleaning the area to be tiled; the floors.

Learn How to tile a bathroom floor

Cleaning the surfaces for tiling
The first step on how is cleaning the surfaces which includes the floors and walls (if they are to be tiled). The large debris is removed first and this is followed by the process of vacuuming or sweeping with a broom. It is quite important that the surface is clear. The dirt hampers the adhesion of thin set to the floor.

Lay the tiles out
The tiles are laid out beginning with the full size tiles on the most visible corners of the room. The remaining tiles are laid with spacers between them maintaining the patterns in in all areas including corners. The pattern should be very attractive.

Mixing the mortar
The mortar can be purchased either in pre-mix tubes or in boxes for mixing. There is a type of mortar that is applicable in tiling bathroom floors is called thin-set. To avoid dust while mixing the mortar it is advisable to mix it outside- the powder produces some dust while mixing. The pre-mix mortar is more expensive than the mixing mortar; however it is easier to work with.

Spreading the mortar
Once the mortar is ready the next step on how is spreading the mortar. The tool used for the purposes of spreading the mortar is known as the notched trowel (a tool with a flat smooth metallic surface and handle). The notched trowel is held at a 45 degrees angle as the mortar is spread on the floor. To avoid mortar drying up it should be spread at an area of 2-3 feet squared.

Learn How to tile a bathroom floor

Setting the tiles in place
The next important step in putting the tile in place. The tile should be carefully placed on the mortar, then it should be pressed gently while moving it sideways to set it in position. Then a board covered with a piece of cloth is placed on the tile and gently hit with mallet. This helps to fix the tile in position on the mortar. The tile should not be hit directly to avoid breaking.

Fix more tiles into position
As in the previous step, mortar should be spread in small areas of the floor while setting the tiles into position. The padded board comes in handy when fixing the tiles that are higher than others. Lower tiles than the others should be removed and mortar should be added.

Process of cutting tiles
The tiles eventually get to a point where they need to be cut to fit on the floor and other sides. The tool meant for scoring or cutter is used in cutting tiles. A wet saw may be hired to make work easier especially if the tiles to be cut are many. .

Grout the floor
When the mortar is now cured completely spread the grout using a special rubber float into the gloat lines. Use float to clean the grout and then use a clean sponge to wipe the tiles and make them clean. Repeat the same process until all the tiles are clean. After tiling the bathroom floor the tiles should be allowed 7 days to completely get cured.

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