DIY video: How to lay ceramic floor tiles
YOU WILL NEED
Your chosen ceramic floor tiles
- Tape measure
- Straight edge
- Roller and roller extension pole
- Waterproof tile adhesive
- Adhesive spreader (large tooth)
- Tile spacers
- Manual and electric tile cutters
- Waterproof anti-mould grout
- Silicone sealant
- Applicator gun
If your bathroom is feeling a bit dated, give it a lift by laying new floor tiles. It's not difficult, you just need some patience, planning and self-belief in your DIY abilities! Just follow our easy video and accompanying step-by-step instructions and give it a go yourself.
Step 1: Preparing your bathroom
If you are an experienced DIY-er disconnect your toilet and basin. If not, it's best to get a plumber in. It should only be a 30 minute job for a professional.
Start by working out where your room’s centre line is. Make sure the tiles are equal up against bath to vanity unit. Now carry that line all the way through the room drawing it out. So floor width x floor length = floor coverage. Check tile pack for how much coverage you will get.
Step 2: Lay down the tiles
Lay your ceramic tiles out left and right of your centre line and check whether the tiles will need even cutting either side. Remove the tiles and PVA the floor. Let dry for 20 minutes. It is important that the floor has no movement. Working your way left and then right from your centre line, get a good scoop of your adhesive and make a nice even spread and place down your tile paying attention to your straight edge. Press firmly down on all four corners. Place spacers in between tiles.
Step 3: Cutting the tiles
Push your tile down and make a mark where it needs to be cut. Place tile in tile cutter and run blade along until you feel it makes contact, then apply pressure until you get 'the noise', follow across. Release off and allow the pad to drop ahead of the blade. Use your body weight, lean over and press down until it cracks. Put your cut edge facing away from your tiles (so it is concealed beneath a plinth of panel). Make sure your plinths are going to fit once you put the tiles down - you might need to trim them.
Step 4: Cutting around pipes
Lay tile down, line up the edges and mark where your pipe is. Measure from skirting board and mark with a pencil on your tile what you need to cut out. Use an electric tile cutter with safety goggles and gloves to cut out. Place adhesive straight on the tile for smaller cuts such as these.
Step 5: Grouting
Once all your tiles are down, leave for 24 hours to dry. Check spacers are pushed right down. If any are lose, just remove. Use a small bucket with an inch of water to make up a small quantity of grout. It's important that you have a clean bucket and clean scraper. Mix up a medium consistency. When ready get a blob on trowel and pull into joints with spreader. Wipe excess off with a clean damp sponge. Let it dry – about 2 hours - and then give it another wipe over to remove all the dusty residue. Finish with a silicon seal around the edges.
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