How to Tile a Shower Floor

How to Tile a Shower Floor

How to Tile a Shower Floor

If you think that your bathroom decor has started looking dull and boring, the simplest way to spruce up its visual appeal is by installing tiles in the shower area of the bathroom. This gives a classy look to your bathroom. If you are hesitant about this because you think that the job is difficult, it is time you change your perceptions about the same. This article shows you just how easy it is.

Ceramic tiles are mostly preferred for bathroom flooring, mainly because they are aesthetic, easy to clean, and are waterproof. Besides the tiles, you will also need thinset mortar, grout, trowel, tile spacers, grout float, wet saw, a bucket of water and sponges. Gather these, and follow the set of instructions provided below to set up the tiles on your bathroom floor efficiently.

Prep the Area: Prepping up the area which needs to be worked in, is important as it lets you work without any obstacles getting in your way. Make sure you lay off any previously laid tiles. Cover up the drain with newspaper and tape, so that no debris falls into it and clogs it. Clear the area of any bathroom accessories before you start working.

Install the Cement Backer Board: A cement backer board is installed so that you get an even surface to work on. Not only does this make it easier for you to structure the tiles on the floor, it also protects the underlying floor from water exposure. Lay down the boards in such a way that the entire area to be carpeted with tiles is covered. Then fix them up with the help of cement board screws. Make sure that none of the screw heads protrude out as that might make the surface uneven.

Arrange the Tiles: Now that the surface is ready, it’s time to recreate the design with the tiles on your bathroom floor. After laying the last row of tiles, you might find a gap, where one whole tile doesn’t fit. Measure that gap, make a marking of that measurement on the tiles, cut them with a wet saw, and place these tile pieces into the gaps. This way you will get a rough idea of how will the floor look like after tiling. Now, keep the laid out tiles at a side in the same order as you arranged them on the shower floor.

Apply Thinset Mortar: Firstly, prepare the thinset mortar by adding water to it as instructed by the manufacturer. Mix it well so that it is of uniform consistency. Spread the prepared mortar evenly over the surface using a trowel.

How to Tile a Shower Floor

Set the Tiles: Start placing the tiles on the bathroom floor from any one of the corners and graduate along the rest of the design. Place each tile on its respective position on the floor and slightly press it so that it adheres well to the ground. To keep the space in between two tiles uniform, use plastic tile spacers. Once all the tiles have been laid down, wipe off any excess mortar off the tiles with a damp piece of cloth. Allow the thinset mortar to stand and get cured thoroughly for the next 24 hours.

Grout the Tiles: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare the grout. Before you start grouting the tiles, remove all the tile spacers that lie in between them. Take a generous amount of grout on a grout float and fill up the tile gaps, one by one. Push down the grout mix into the gap so that it is filled properly. Wait for an hour and let the grout dry. Then clean up any excess grout off the tiles with water and sponge. After a few hours, rub a dry piece of cloth on the tiles to clear any thin films of grout that might be left behind. For the next 24 hours, let the tiles remain untouched. Finally, apply a grout sealer in order to protect the grout from water damage or stains.

It might be challenging at start, but once you fall into a rhythm, and catch the drift, you will realize that it is not all that difficult, and the end results are worth it. Ensure personal safety during the job by wearing protective gear like knee pads, helmets, hand-gloves, and goggles.

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