Most Common Bathroom Tiling Mistakes to Avoid

Many people think that bathroom tiling is a simple enough undertaking that they could easily handle on their own.

However, there are plenty of pitfalls that can ruin your renovation project before you even start.

Here are… The most common bathroom tiling mistakes to avoid.

1. The surface is poorly prepared

Before laying the tiles, the surface should be properly cleaned and evened. Do not miss this important preliminary stage and dedicate yourself to spending enough time on this (not the most exciting) task.

Carefully remove the old wallpaper, paint or wood, as your brand new tiles will simply fall off

The only exception is when your surface is already tiled. Still, you should thoroughly wash the old tiles and dry them before starting laying the new ones.

2. You bought the wrong adhesive

It is mandatory that the adhesive you are going to use for your bathroom is waterproof. Otherwise, expect mould anytime soon. Areas near the sink, bathroom or shower cabin are especially vulnerable to the impact of water.

You might be tempted to think that there is a very little probability of water getting beneath the tiles. However, even the most tightly laid tiles can have tiny gaps letting the water through. So if you did not apply waterproof adhesive, it will soon begin to crack and so will the tiles. Add to this that condensed water can easily penetrate into the non-waterproof adhesive and you have two strong reasons to choose the adhesive carefully.

3. Adhesive is applied carelessly

When applying the adhesive, always make sure to thoroughly smooth it over the surface of the wall or floor. If you do not, the result will be stone-hard lumps. Besides, when a thin layer dries up, it can lose its adhesive properties altogether.

Ideally, the adhesive should be stretched over the surface, slowly and evenly. Try not to cover a large area at once but focus on smaller parts instead.

4. Only applying adhesive to the corners of the tiles

Most of us doing home improvements are on a tight budget and so you might be tempted to use some shortcuts.

One of the bad habits in this regard is economizing on the adhesive. Some may try to apply it only to the corners of the tiles. Usually, the tiles will not fall off but they almost always crack so you will be forced to replace it sooner or later.

Apply the adhesive to the entire surface of the tiles so as to form a smooth, thin enough layer.

5. Not using tile spacers

If you want a perfectly straight, symmetrical tile surface – and that is what everyone going through the hassle of laying the tiles wants – tile spacers should be the must-have item in your toolkit. These small plastic things will help you align everything properly and save you a great deal of time and sanity.

6. Correcting mistakes when it’s too late

As soon as the adhesive dries up, it’s impossible to fix any wrongdoings without damaging the tiles. If you have formed an uneven layer of the adhesive or misplaced the tile but the adhesive is still fresh, you can easily fix everything.

Quickly remove, clean and readjust. Do not procrastinate and correct everything immediately.

7. Miscalculating the number of tiles

A good rule of thumb is to always buy more bathroom tiles than you think you need. Even if your calculations are correct, you can damage the tiles while transporting or cutting them. And what if the shop runs out of the necessary model just when you need it most?

Some vendors have a refund policy and you would be able to return the unnecessary tiles and get your money back (you will have to check this out at your store).

8. Opting for an overly complicated project

For an amateur renovator, a complicated project may turn into a nightmare. Some bathrooms are easy to tile, having no twisted lines or niches. Others might require endless cutting and readjustment which only professionals could handle.

If you feel laying tiles in your bathroom is going to give you a hard time, consider hiring professionals to do the job. Or, at least browse more practical advice online.

9. Not cleaning off the grout immediately

Doing the grout is a long, painstaking work. Make it easier by immediately cleaning off excess grout before it dries up. Also, make sure it is applied all the way down. To do so, you can use a dowel.

10. Not sealing the bath tops properly

If the bath tops are not sealed as firmly as possible, the flooding is imminent. Carefully seal the joints with a sealant to prevent water leakage.


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