Most tile is found in bathrooms and kitchens. Some people choose to tile their hallways and stairs. Although it may appear easy to lay wall tiles or mosaic, the real difficulty is in their handling, cutting, and assembly.
If you want to also remove tiles you’ll need the apprpriate tools and the knowledge of how to do it. This article will explain how to remove or install tiles. You can even paint them if you don’t like the original color.
Preparation work for wall tiles
It is important that you first complete the preparations before installing tiles in your kitchen or bathroom. This step is essential to get a more durable result. Here are the steps to follow to prepare your walls:
- Wash your walls, particularly if they were previously painted
- Fill in cracks to make sure tiles stick better. You can wrap your walls with canvas if the cracks get too big. If you are concerned about unevenness, plan your surface using smoothing compound.
- Before you tile the surface, first make sure to use a spirit level, plumb bob, or string line. This will enable you to accurately trace the surface that is to be tiled . Avoid cuts as much as you can.
- To ensure quality installation it is important to draw lines along the walls when planning. I suggest drawing a plan on paper and taking into consideration the joints.
Here are some things to consider before you install wall tiles
- After you have completed all preparations, you can now consider what steps you need to do for a successful tile installation.
- To succeed with your tiling, I recommend that you adjust and position them your titles before starting the work
- Your best friend during work must be the spirit level ! Thanks to this, your titles will all be at the same level. You must lay and attach the guide strip using it.
- Use adhesive to attach the first row tiles to the cleat, it will be easier to find the necessary cuts.
Cutting tiles is an art.
- Cutting tiles properly requires some knowledge and attention. Even the smallest mistake could result in total material destruction. You can easily achieve your cutting goals regardless of the material or shape.
- A tile cutter, or power tiles setter is the best tool to use for cutting tile. You can also cut tiles by hand with pliers but I prefer using an electric or tile cutter to make the job much easier.
- These tools are easy to use, and require little technique.
- After you have prepared the area to tile and cut the tiles, I invite you to put your tiles in place . Remember to consider the aesthetic aspect of the installation.
- Apply the glue to the walls using the spatula with the notched tip. Do this in small, even areas. Now you can lay the tile, but make sure to place the crosspiece horizontally at the top and bottom.
- Place the crosspieces flat for corners. They can then be embedded later in the joint. Tap your tiles with a rubber mallet to ensure better adhesion.