How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

Javi Calderon
How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

Whether you’re looking to remodel your bathroom or simply fix a few broken or worn tiles, you can hire a contractor to handle the job or do the project yourself over a weekend. Surely, the project will be messy and tiring, but very doable. Tackling the job yourself will save you big bucks so you can hire a contractor when you have a more complicated need.

Supplies:
•    Your choice of tiles
•    Straight Edge

•    Tile Adhesive
•    Trowel  
•    Grout  
•    Sponge
•    Caulk
•    Rubber Float
•    Chisel/ Hammer
•    Chalk
•    Crow Bar
•    Ruler?

Steps:
1.   Remove baseboards and edges to keep them clean and so they can sit on top of the tile after your done.
2.   Perhaps the most demanding step of the project is removing the old tile or flooring. If your flooring is tile use a chisel and hammer to cautiously tap through the grout in between the tiles. When the grout is broken, use the chisel to lightly lift up the tiles and remove them. Make sure you’re work area is completely clean and smooth before moving forward.
3.   If you don’t buy the exact tiles that you want you will have to cut the tiles using a wet saw or tile cutter. This is difficult and dusty work; you’re better off buying tiles that are the right size for your project.
4.   Create a tool to help you gauge your work. Using a ruler (or similar shaped piece of wood) line up two or three tiles against the wood, leaving a quarter inch in between them for grout. Mark notches on either side of the stick so you can use it to set your tiles evenly.
5.   To make sure you do the job right, practice laying down the tile without adhesive first. Make sure the tiles are evenly separated and fit across the entire bathroom. Try different techniques, and if you don’t like how the finished product looks, move some tiles around until your happy. Using your chalk and ruler create a grid to help you the next time around.   
6.   Working in small sections, smear tile adhesive on your floor and even it out with the trowel. Let the adhesive set for 2-3 minutes, then, using your gauging tool (which you created in step 3) lay your tiles down evenly over the adhesive. Make sure to lay the tiles flush against the wall and in corners. To make sure the tiles are firm, lay a thick book down on them and tap them down with a hemmer. Repeat this process until the entire room is tiled. You may have use a wet saw or tile cutter to fit tiles around your toilet.
7.   If you’re mixing your own grout only mix small amounts at a time so the grout doesn’t dry out before you can use it. Starting in the corner, use the edge of your rubber float to carefully push grout in between the tiles. Use the tool to make sure the grout is even and not overflowing the tiles. Then use your sponge to wipe the grout off the bathroom tiles and smooth the grout in between.  
8.   24 hours later you can replace baseboards and edges and then mop your brand new tile bathroom floor!

As you can see, tiling your bathroom yourself is a relatively easy process and a great way to save some money.



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