Installing bathroom floor tiles is one of the most popular trends in the flooring industry today. Ceramic tile provides you with a floor that is durable and easy to clean. You can also achieve a number of different custom looks with ceramic tile in the bathroom. Here are the basics of how to install ceramic tile in the bathroom.
Measure the Floor
You will first need to determine how many square feet you need for the job. Take your tape measure and measure the length and the width. Multiply the two numbers together and then add 10% to get the amount of tile that you need for the job.
Pull the Toilet
In order to install ceramic tile properly, you will want to pull the toilet. If this is a new bathroom and there is no toilet, you can skip on to the next step. Use the screwdriver and the wrench to unhook the toilet and remove it.
Prepare the Room
If the bathroom has baseboards and old flooring, it is best to remove them. Take the baseboards off the wall and set them aside. If you have vinyl on the floor, scrape it up with the scraper.
Install Concrete Board
If you are on a wood subfloor, you will have to install a concrete board. If you are on a concrete slab, you can skip this step. Mix up some thinset and put it on the backside of the concrete board. Press the concrete board down onto the floor and then hammer nails down into each hole on the board.
Center the Room
Take the tape measure and determine the center point of the room from both walls. Snap two chalk lines to help you know where the center of the room is.
Lay the Tile
Spread out some thinset with your trowel. Place the first tile in one of the corners of the chalk lines that you snapped. Press the tile down firmly into the thinset. Put a spacer on each corner of the tile and place another tile next to it, up against the spacer. Continue laying tiles in this manner.
When you get to the edge of a cabinet or wall, you will need to cut the tile to fit. Measure out the distance for the cut on a tile and then cut it with your wet saw.
Allow to Dry
Leave the tile alone for 24 hours to dry. Do not step on the tile at this time.
Grout the Tile
Apply grout to the joints of the tile with a trowel.
Clean the Grout
Use a sponge to wipe down the tile and the grout. This removes the excess grout from the tile and helps to smooth the grout lines.
Let the grout dry overnight without walking on the tile. Reset the toilet with a new seal, replace the baseboards, and you should be ready to go once the grout is dry.