Should you decide to tile your shower wall, plan the task properly beforehand to avoid some mistakes that could prove hard to amend. Tile installation is not a difficult project, but special attention must be given to detail.
Step 1 - Draw a Horizontal Line
Draw a horizontal line and use it as a marker for the lowest row of your tiling. Now draw a vertical line showing the center of your shower wall. These lines will act as an orientation to establish the accurate positioning of the tiles. Make sure that the lines are completely horizontal and vertical by taking repeated readings. This process will take some time to complete, but it is well worth the effort.
Step 2 - Apply Tile Mortar to the Shower Wall
Apply mortar to the wall in limited amounts. Do not apply mortar to an area larger than you can add tiles onto in 10 minutes. Otherwise, the mortar will start to dry and lose effectiveness. Use a notched trowel to spread the mortar.
Step 3 - Place the Tiles
Place the first tile of the bottom row beginning at the centerline. Add the next tile in the same row. From there, begin to work outwards and upwards until you reach the corners of the shower. Use tile spacers to ensure uniformity between tiles. A few millimeters should be left between the tiles, as grout must be filled between them later.
Step 4 - Adjust Tile Sizes at Corners and Plumbing Fixtures
With the help of a micro cutter, adjust the sizes of the tiles, depending on their location. At corners, tiles might need to be cut to fit. Always mark with a pencil the exact location where you will cut the tile. Planning, as mentioned previously, is absolutely necessary to get a good result.
Step 5 - Allow the Tile Time to Dry
Wait for approximately 24 hours. After this period of time, remove all of the tile spacers. If you do not give time for the tiles to dry, they might move while you are applying grout in the next step.
Step 6 - Apply Grout
Add grout to the joints of the tiles using a grout float. Cover small areas at a time and remove the excess with a wet cloth or a sponge. Once the grout has dried, you can polish the tiles with a dry cloth.
Step 7 - Apply Grout Sealer
Allow the grout to set for 2 to 3 days, then add grout sealer. Doing so will prevent the grout from becoming porous.
Tiling a shower wall is not as difficult as many people think. The variety of colors, sizes, and shapes of tiles out on the market can transform the look of your bathroom. Always keep in mind the precautionary measures when planning the tiling beforehand.