Installing ceramic tile is relatively simple, and you can use these same instructions for installing just about any other type of wall tiles. The only difference may be in the tile adhesive you'll need to use.
* Tile mastic is far easier to use than thinset, and unlike thinset tile mastic comes ready mixed, and it's also easier to apply.
Tile Mastic has a smooth and creamy texture that makes tiling a wall a breeze! It instantly grips the Ceramic wall tile and holds it in place.
* Thinset takes hours to bond the tiles, and this can be quite a challenge when it comes to tiling a wall. The Ceramic wall tiles can sag and shift out of place before the thinset gets a chance to set.
*The rules change when tiling a wall with Natural Stone wall tiles or even when installing bathroom shower tile or installing ceramic tile to a tub surround. For these bathroom tile installations, you don't have the choice of using Tile Mastic; You can only use Thinset Mortar.
* Trace over the reference lines you made earlier with a dark permanent marker this way you'll be able to see them even if your tile mastic should cover them.
Step One Spread Your Tile Mastic
Use your trowel to spread enough tile mastic on your wall to cover a 2-foot area.
Since you already traced your reference lines with a dark permanent marker, it's alright to cover them with tile mastic, because chances are they'll show through.
Apply your tile mastic using long sweeping strokes. Try to hold your trowel consistently at a 45-degree angle to ensure an even bed for laying your ceramic wall tile. Let your trowel's teeth gently scrape the surface of your walls.
Step Two Press your Ceramic Wall Tile Into Tile Mastic
Press your first row of ceramic wall tiles into your tile mastic While making sure that the edge of your tiles stays on your reference lines. As you're tiling a wall with Ceramic wall tile, avoid sliding a tile more than 1/2 inch. Add your spacers in between your ceramic wall tiles as you go.
*If you're using self spacing tiles, this makes tiling a wall even easier because you will not need to install spacers. Self spacing tiles have nubs on their edges, so the spacing is made right into the tile.
You simply butt the tiles against each other. Never
force a tile into a tight fit because this can cause the tile to crack.
Instead, cut the tile to fit or file the tile's cut edge with a tile
Continue laying your wall tiles until you cover the entire wall.
Check your ceramic wall tile installation about every fifteen minutes,
to make sure your tiles have not shifted out of place and are still in
Depending on the type of tile mastic you are using use water or mineral springs to wipe away any tile mastic that squeezes onto the tile surface.
Step Four Cut and Notch Your Tiles as Needed For Installing Ceramic Tile
In most cases ceramic tiles for walls are softer than floor tiles,
And usually, can be easily cut with either a snap cutter or a rod saw. If your ceramic tiles are too hard for a rod saw, use a wet saw and tile nippers if needed.
The thickness and texture of Stone tiles are different than Ceramic tile designs. Stone tiles should never to be cut with a snap cutter. They must always be cut with a wet saw.
If you can cut your ceramic tiles with a rod saw, hold your tile firmly in place. Make sure the area that needs to be cut is hanging over your work surface and saw the tile with steady moderate pressure. The Rod saw makes simple work of turning corners for Ceramic tile cutouts.
To ensure that your tiles are correctly laid in the tile mastic and flush with its neighboring tiles, Use your rubber mallet to tap each tile.
If you find a tile that's raised above the surface of the other tiles, give it an extra tap. If this doesn't work, you may have to remove some tiles, and reapply new tile mastic and lay them again.
If your tiles are not consistent in size or shape, use tile wedges instead of spacers. Wedges will make your grooves wider or narrower as you arrange them deeper and shallower.
Wedges allow you to make up for the various sizes of your grout. lines. Use a straightedge, to check every other row of irregular tiles, to make sure that they form a reasonably straight horizontal line.
Congratulations on your new wall tile installation. once you're done installing your wall tiles you're ready for
. grouting your wall tiles.