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Top tiling tips

Top tiling tips

Successful tiling relies on planning.

When applying wall tiles you want to achieve a perfectly flat surface with a grid of uniform thickness grouted joints.

Tools and materials

Tiling kit

Quantity: 1

Tile spacers

Quantity: 1

Notched trowel

Quantity: 1

Tile cutter

Quantity: 1

Silicone sealant

Quantity:
Min 1

Wall tile adhesive

Quantity:
Min 1

Wall tile grout

Quantity:
Min 1

Eye protection

Quantity: 1

Dust mask

Quantity: 1

Tile calculator.
Use this handy calculator to help you estimate the number of tiles you'll need for the job.

Ideal for the job

Cutting tiles
Heavy-duty, lever-actioned tile cutters combine a scorer and snapper with a sturdy bed to support the tile. Some incorporate a removable gauge for measuring the tiles and will even make an allowance for a grout gap and tapered cut.

There are various methods of making curved cuts in tiles; one is to use a tile saw, which allows you to change direction easily.

Grouting
Giving grouted joints a neat, uniform appearance is easy with a grout finisher.

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Top tiling tips

1 To find out the number of tiles to buy, measure the area you want to tile and multiply the height by the width to get the area in square metres, then use our online calculator. Allow 5 to 10 per cent extra for any cutting and breakages.

2 Work out your rows of tiles. To get a neat, symmetrical design you should centre the pattern, with cut tiles of equal size at the end of the rows. Get a 50 x 25mm length of wooden batten, lay out a line of tiles with spacers between them on the floor and mark the positions of the tiles and gaps along the batten. Use this as a gauge to work out your vertical and horizontal rows.

3 When tiling, don’t work on more than 1 sq m at a time or the adhesive may harden before all the tiles are in place. Bed tiles so that their faces are level – lift any that are high or low, adding or scraping away adhesive as needed.

4 Make sure your tiles are spaced evenly by placing plastic tile spacers between the tiles. Push them in well so that they can be grouted over, and don’t leave marks.

5 When you’ve put all the tiles on the wall, wait for the adhesive to dry before finishing off the joints with grouting. If the adhesive isn’t dry the tiles might slip.

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