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How To Prepare For Tiling

How To Prepare For Tiling

So you've decided to tile your bathroom or kitchen but where on earth do you start? Here's where, watch this preparation video and after a couple of hours gritty work your room will be ready to get tiling.

Step 1: You will need

  • hammer & chisel
  • eye goggles
  • filler
  • coarse sandpaper

Step 2: Tidy Up

Whether you are preparing a wall or floor, a good start is to remove the existing tiles. The easiest way to do this is with a chipping hammer or claw hammer. Before you start using this make sure that you are wearing protective clothing and eye goggles, and your floor is protected against falling debris. Take the hammer and point the thin edge towards the adhesive joint that is holding the tile in place. Now you can carefully chip away the tiles. Be careful, although some may come off easily others might shatter.

Step 3: Repair any cracks or holes

Once all the tiles are removed, make sure that all the surfaces are clean and dry and you have brushed away any dust or debris.

Step 4: Fill any holes

If the area you're tiling has any cracks or holes, grab some filler and just repair them. Make sure that you allow plenty of time for the filler to dry completely.

Step 5: Smooth the surface

Once all the cracks and blemishes have been filled in you will need to smooth over the surface. This can be done in a number of ways depending on whether you are tiling a floor or a wall.

Step 6: Sand off any adhesive

If you decide to sand off the adhesive, the easiest and quickest way of doing this is using an electric sander. Whether you use one of these or do it by hand, buy the coarsest grade of sandpaper and keep on working on the surface until it is smooth. Always wear a mask and open the window to improve the air circulation.

Step 7: Self-leveling compound

If you are tiling a floor, you can use a self-leveling compound instead of a sander. This is relatively cheap and can be bought in any DIY shop. Mix up plenty of the compound following the manufacturers instructions. Now, make sure you start in the furthest point from the door. Pour some onto the surface and take the spreader and push the leveller out. Work your way to the exit. Once finished, wait for it to set, usually about 6-8 hours.

Step 8: Tiling on top of other tiles

You don't have to remove the existing tiles but instead you can choose to tile directly onto the current tiles. To do this. remove all of the grease and dirt with a suitable detergent. Once clean, score the tiles vertically and horizontally with a tile scriber. This will help bond the existing tiles with the new ones.