Ceramic tile wall
All you need when installing a ceramic wall tile is just a little bit of patience and dedication. You can’t start this kind of project without the necessary tools. You will need a tape measure, a tile cutter, a pair of tile nippers, a pair of pliers, tile spacers, sandpaper, a trowel and a rubber grout float.
After the job is done you’ll have to clean all the excess grout and debris using a bucket, rags and sponges. For your own safety you have to wear a pair of glasses, heavy leather gloves and long-sleeved work clothes. Below, you will find all the necessary instructions for installing a ceramic wall tile.
Begin doing some measurements to find out exactly where is the center of your wall. This point will be the place where you will start tiling the first row of ceramic tiles. From now on you can work your way to both ends of the wall making sure that everything you do is consistent.
You will either work on a common concrete wall or on a green drywall. The latter is most probably used in your bathroom because it’s specially made to resist to high levels of moisture. Before you start working, you have to take care of every crack, gap or hole that you may have on bathroom walls. The surface that you are applying the adhesive needs to be roughen up or else you will have problems with bonding material.
After you apply a coat of tiling material around the center of the wall which is your starting point, you can place the tiles and press them firmly to be sure they are fixed. You can stop pressing once you feel that is no longer necessary. Spacers need to be placed after every piece of tile for consistent tiling.
Once you get to the end of the row, you may need to use a tile cutter for obtaining the necessary size for the ceramic tile. In the end you just have to smooth the cut edge using sandpaper or tile nippers in case of irregular. You need to break off any unusable edges with the tile nipper until you get the shape you want.
Before applying the grout, you have to let your work set at least 24 hours. You have the possibility to use either sanded or un-sanded grout. The first one is used for larger tile spaces, about an eighth of an inch wide, and the latter is suited for smaller spaces. It’s better to work each section of the wall at a time and spread the grout well. Any excess grout that may have remained can be wiped off with a damp sponge and rinsed every type for better results. After a day you can do the final cleaning of the tiles with a piece of cloth.
If you want this project to get really well in the end, you’ll spend as much time as it needs. All you need in your work is consistency and patience. If you rush things up, you will end up with a tiling project that will not look as good as you want to. When people will see the results, they will think that you don’t put effort in what you do.