Friday, March 27, 2015

Install new bathroom tile

Step One: Remove the Tile or Tiles

The first step to replacing tile in the bathroom is to remove the old one. If you intend to replace only one tile, you will have to loosen the grout around the outside of the tile with the help of a painter’s tool. Once the grout is loose, get the old tile and remove it. You may continue this way for a few tiles, if you only need to replace that many. If you need to remove more than a few tiles (or all of the tiles), you can use a hammer to smash them up so as to make them easier to remove. Don’t forget to wear gloves for protecting your hands, safety goggles and any other necessary protective/safety gear. In case you choose to loosen the tiles using a rotary cutting tool, make sure the tool is set to the right/proper depth to avoid cutting through the surface underneath the tiles. 

Additionally, in case you are using a cutting tool to cut a large section of tiles, you should start from the middle and cut the tiles into sections towards the outside. You may use a mini pry bar or hammer to remove all the tiles from the floor. 

Step Two: Smoothen the Surface

If you want to replace the tiles properly (by the book) to make it look just like it was done by a professional, you must first smoothen the surface before laying down the new tiles. Even a very small bump can affect how the new tiles will adhere and look after the installation. Scrape away all the old adhesive until all of it is gone. After ensuring that all the old adhesive is completely removed, clear up all the debris & vacuum the area very well. 

Step Three: Add the Adhesive

The new tile must stick on to the surface; therefore, after smoothening the area, add some adhesive to the tile’s back using a toothed tile trowel. Do this patiently while following the instructions (if any) that come with the adhesive. Choosing to do things your own way against the suggestions of the manufacturer won’t do you any good; instead, it may result into disastrous outcomes. Carefully set the tile into place and leave the adhesive to dry for approximately one hour. You may find it helpful to use spacers to make sure the tiles are straight and in the right place. 

Step Four: Apply Grout

In order to provide that nice and finished appearance, apply grout into the grooves around each of the newly installed tiles. Mix the grout thoroughly whilst following the instructions on the packaging of the grout. 

After mixing up the grout, you can use your finger to force it (the grout) in-between the tiles. Wipe away all the excess grout using a damp grout sponge. Alternatively, after mixing the grout, you can put it in a sandwich bag and then snip off one of the bag’s corner. You may then squeeze it out around the tile and then wipe it (the grout) in between the tiles using your finger. 

Get Help from a Professional If You Intend To Replace All the Tiles in the Bathroom 

Consult a professional not because this guide can’t help you replace all the tiles in your bathroom by yourself, but because there is certainly so much to it. To begin with, you may need to do some bit of tile-cutting using a wet saw, and you’ll also need to remove and later replace the toilet as part of the job. Yet again, these are not impossible tasks; nonetheless, it’s wise to first consider all the variables before jumping right in.