When you’re doing some DIY tiling you will have some challenges to overcome in the way of difficult tiling jobs like cutting circles or working around sockets. Here are some tips to help you.
When you’re tiling, it is likely you’re going to come across a few different challenges that can seem difficult if you’re new to tiling. Don’t fret – with these fiddly bits, take your time, do your research, plan well and you should be able to achieve great results.
Plug Sockets & Light Switches
Make sure you lay tiles as close to the socket or switch as possible. To ensure the job looks polished at the end you should try and insert the tile slightly behind the switch or socket if possible, but only if doing this ensures the socket or switch is securely pressed onto the tile – so no water drips or dirt can get in between the gap. If you do this make sure the power is turned off for your safety. Then loosen the switch or socket so you can slot in the tile and adhesive. Use a piece of card to help you measure out tiles to fit. Fixing tiles this way is much easier than cutting tiles to fit around the socket or switch.
Cutting Curves Or Circular Shapes Out Of Tile
The very first thing you need to do is make a cardboard template that matches the tile size. Use thin card as this is more easily shaped. Cut out the shape you need from the card, stick this onto the tile using blu tack so it doesn’t move, then cut around it. Alternatively, draw a mark around the template onto the tile, just make sure to use non-permanent marker!
Windows & Doors
Windows and doors can be difficult to tile around. The easiest way to deal with this issue is to work from the centre of the door or window. So if the wall contains one window or door, start working from it’s centre line. With two windows, work from the centre of the space between. If the window or door is more towards one side of a wall, work from the centre of the largest space between its frame and the corner.
Unfortunately the smallest bit of damage to one tile can ruin the overall look of the entire wall, or even room in some instances. But this can be resolved without completely redoing the entire surface. You will find it’s very tricky to remove the damaged tile without damaging any of the surrounding wall tiles or floor tiles. If you’re lucky, the tile will come away easily.