Here at Tiles 2 Go, we know that designing your bathroom theme and style, and choosing the floor tiles you want to make your bathroom vision a reality, is only half of the process. The hard work comes with actually tiling the bathroom floor, and this is not something that can be undertaken without a lot of elbow grease. Despite this, more and more people throughout the UK are choosing to tile their own rooms, be it kitchen or bathroom, wall or floor. Here is our guide to help you tile your bathroom floor, helping you avoid some common mistakes and create a lasting, positive, tiling finish.
Planning your bathroom floor
Before you even get to the shop to purchase your new tiles, it’s a great idea to know what you want from the tiles you are about to buy. What effect are you aiming for? What kind of texture would you like to create? Most importantly in terms of actually tiling, how will you arrange your tiles? Brick bond, linear and herringbone are three of the most popular types of tiling arrangement and you will need to know which type you are aiming for before you begin.
Preparation for tiling
Tiles can be applied directly onto a concreate floor, but you will need to sand and clean this first to make sure you are laying your tiles on a dry and level surface, otherwise your bond may not hold and tiles may lift with time allowing water to seem underneath and ruining your hard work.
For timber floors, you will need to strengthen these with exterior grade plywood that is primed prior to tiling your floor. This is because it needs to be a secure surface, which isn’t porous, and needs to be able to support a lot of weight.
Tips and tricks:
Make sure you know how many tiles will fit before you actually stick your tiles down
Use spaces to measure the grouting gap you will need
Aim for a symmetrical gap at either side of your tiles
Measure from the centre of the room
Only use grout and adhesive that is within date otherwise it may not stick
Once you have completed tiling your bathroom floor, you can use grout protector spray to prolong the life of your grout and protect from water, dirt, oil and lime scale.
Tiling a bathroom floor is not an easy job, but if you follow our tips and tricks it should make it more successful.