When it comes to tiling, all you need is the right materials and a little patience and you can have a beautiful back-splash, shower, floor, or any other tiled area. In this how-to, our home improvement experts explain the steps behind tiling a bathroom floor.
Before you lay your tile floor, you’ll want to make sure you have an underlay. If you don’t already, follow these steps to install one:
- Measure your bathroom floor, then use a circular saw to cut your cement board underlay into panels you can easily fit together.
- Once the panels are laid across your floor, use a drill to drive screws through the underlay and into your sub-floor (space them about 6 inches apart and make sure they lay flat).
Next, it’s time to lay your tile floor.
- If you’re laying any trim along the edges of your floor, do that first before you start on your tile work.
- Lay the tiles out on the floor to determine exactly where you want to put them. (Try to lay them so you use as many whole tiles as possible.)
- Install your spacers between the tiles to make sure they’re square and evenly spaced.
- Once you’ve determined your layout, use your tile saw to cut any tiles that need to be smaller.
- After you’ve once again determined your layout, remove your tiles and apply a coating of thin-set mortar to the floor using a notched trowel.
- Lay your tiles and spacers down on top of the mortar and let the mortar dry about 24 hours.
- Once the mortar is dry, remove the spacers and apply grout to fill in the spaces between the tiles.
- After applying all of your grout, use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess. Make sure you thoroughly clean your tiles to avoid grout haze.
- Wait at least 24 hours before walking on your new tile bathroom floor.