When you do a bit of DIY tiling in your home, it can leave your home open to damage and mess but this is easily avoided with these simple tips, which will help you protect your home when tiling.
Whether you’re using ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles or any type of tiles, you’re going to be using cutting tools, grout and other mess-creating materials and equipment that could leave stains, stubborn debris and dust. In order to protect your home from the mess caused by DIY tiling, it is important you take all possible precautions before, during and after the job.
So here are some tips to help you protect your home when tiling:
Your first priority should be yourself, no matter what mess you create you don’t want to be sitting in A&E after your first attempt at tiling a floor. Safety is not something you should skimp on so get yourself a mouth mask and safety glasses to protect yourself from dust and debris when cutting, and some good quality cutting equipment. If you use the wrong cutting equipment on certain tiles not only will you break the tiles and waste money, but you may also find tiles shatter or splinter off in your direction. When you’ve got your safety equipment sorted, you should invest in some sheeting for the area you’re tiling. Dust sheets are great but remember they’re not waterproof so any spilt sealant or adhesive might leak through onto your carpets. Ideally you should use waterproof sheeting, which might cost more but it will be more protective and you can re-use it for other jobs once you get the DIY bug. If you’re tiling a wall, you’ll need sheets for the floor and any surfaces, such as kitchen worktops. If you’re tiling a floor, it is still worth placing the sheeting on any surfaces, and in any adjoining rooms if you’re walking in and out to fetch materials.
When placing your protective equipment down and preparing areas for tiling, try to think of yourself as the most clumsy, haphazard worker, which should make you more aware of what ‘could happen’ and how stringent you need to be with the protection of your home. The best way to plan where to protect is to think carefully about your ‘working areas’. So if you’re tiling the bathroom, and cutting tiles outside your working areas might be the bathroom, the landing, the stairs, living room, kitchen and garden. Any electrics used in the garden will need to be used in dry weather, with any wires tidied and covered, and all electrics protected from potential rain. if you’re walking from the garden to the bathroom you will also want to put protective sheeting on all areas you’re walking on. Clearing away all items that may get knocked over or covered in dust or debris is also a good idea – it doesn’t take long to pop ornaments and other items into a box and put them out of the way, and it’s worth it to protect them.
Make sure you don’t leave equipment lying around where you could trip on it, or stand on it. Stepping on an adhesive tube will cause unnecessary mess and wastage, so set yourself specific areas to place your materials and equipment.
You need to ensure the windows are open in the room you’re laying floor tiles or wall tiles, so any adhesive fumes can be let out. You should also ensure any windows nearby the area you’re cutting are closed if you’re cutting outside, so any dust does not get into the house. If you’re working inside, you’ll need to do the opposite and open the windows in the cutting room to let the dust out, and don’t forget to put that protective sheeting down.
Remember, a DIY tiling job is easily completed when you do the correct preparation and research. Just remember to be stringent with protecting your house, so when the job is completed you can enjoy the results of your hard work, without having to deal with any mess or damage caused by a lack of preparation.