Shower tiles that are broken or cracked can let water and mould into your bath walls, therefore they should be replaced or repaired right away. Changing bathroom tiles can be a tough and time-consuming process, so prompt action and extensive understanding are required.
What to Consider When Replacing Bathroom Tiles?
Remove Any Fixtures That Enclose Your Tiles To Avoid Damage
If you don’t feel at ease removing the fixtures yourself, hire a plumber or a contractor to accomplish the job for you.
To Minimize Damage, Cover Your Workstation and Drain With a Drop Cloth
If you’re replacing bath tiles, make sure the tub drain is fully covered. Tiles that fall might tear or ruin your bathroom or the flooring beneath them. Lay a drop cloth over the entire place where you’ll be working and bind it using painter’s tape.
Using a Grout Removal Tool, Cut Through The Grout Around The Tiles
Grout removal tools contain saw-like teeth that quickly cut through grout to make removal simpler. Begin by pulling the blade straight across the grout from one corner of the tile. Pry the tile out of position by cutting through each line of grout around it.
Using A Hammer And Flat Chisel, Pry The Tiles Away From The Wall
Keep the end of a flat chisel at a 30-degree angle against the tile’s edge. Tap the chisel’s opposite end with a hammer to push it under the tile and off from the wall.
Using A Metal Scraper, Remove Any Remaining Adhesive
Using a metal scraper or flat chisel, remove all of the mortar from your wall and exert firm pressure to lift up the adhesive. Continue scraping until you have removed as much as needed before going on.
Brush The Drywall To Maintain A Clean Application
Sweep away any dust or dirt from the area with a stiff-bristled shop brush. Continue brushing the wall until you notice no more dust being lifted up.
Design And Examine The Tile Layout
Make a note of the size of the area where you intend to reinstall new tiles. Determine how many tiles you will require for your space. To make the room more aesthetically appealing, line up your new tiles in a grid pattern or offset them slightly.
Using A Square-notch Trowel, Apply A Thin Coating Of Tile Mortar To Your Wall.
Scoop a huge blob of tile mortar from the container and apply it to the wall. Drag the edge of a square-notch trowel over the mortar to create grooves that will allow the mortar to expand when you press a tile into it.
Push The Tile Into The Mortar To Secure It
Add pressure to the full surface of the tile to ensure an even mortar layer on the back, and then tightly press it against the wall to ensure it sticks.
Install the Remaining Tiles On The Wall, Leaving Spacers Between Them
Work in horizontal rows from bottom to top to ensure that the tiles are even and level. Place 1-2 spacers on each side of the tiles to keep them at a consistent spacing apart. Allow the mortar to dry for 24 hours before installing them.
After The Mortar Has Set for 24 Hours, Put Grout to Your Tiles
To get the grout into the spaces between the tiles, use a rubber grout float, which is similar to a squeegee. Begin at the edges of your tiles and draw the float diagonally across the edges to force the grout within.
With a Clean Sponge, Remove Any Remaining Grout
Clean the surface of the tiles to remove any grout that has become attached to them.
Once The Grout Has Dried, Reinstall Your Fixtures
Reattach the fixtures by repeating the removal procedure. Make sure they’re securely fastened to the wall so they don’t leak or damage the tiles.
There are numerous things that may go wrong while replacing a shower room tile, so you should simply call experienced bathroom renovators to ensure that your bath area is free of leaks and damage. Itile Bathrooms NT specialises in bathroom renovations in Darwin, Palmerston, and Humpty Doo. Has many satisfied clients around the Northern Territory, so if you need any bathroom work, such as replacing your bathroom tiles, please contact us and we’d be happy to offer you our exceptional service.