Planning on covering a bathroom or kitchen wall in some beautiful porcelain tiles? Here are some easy and useful tips to help you efficiently prepare your wall for tiling.
Planning on covering a bathroom or kitchen wall in some beautiful porcelain tiles? One of the biggest mistakes people make when they tile a wall is failing to prepare the wall properly. This can create an uneven finish, or even cause the tiles to become loose and dangerous when they are applied. In some instances the actual wall itself can become damaged, which is an expensive mistake to make. If you want to ensure your tiles look fantastic and last a long time, you must pay attention to the wall first and foremost before you work towards transforming it.
Here are some tips to help you get ready to tile your bathroom or kitchen:
Decorative mouldings will prevent you from tiling properly so they need to be removed. They might join your wall from the floor or ceiling or be on the wall itself, either way they need to be gently taken away before you can proceed.
You must take away all wallpaper, tiles, drywall or even paint before you add tiles. If you remove old tiles or wallpaper and are left with residue like grout or glue this must be removed as well. Remember to recycle old tiles if you can remove them in one piece.
If you have paint on the wall this may need to be removed as it may work against the wall tile adhesive. Seek professional help if you are unsure whether or not the wall is suitable for tiling.
The drywall should be completely secure, otherwise it may not be able to support the weight of the tiles. If you are unsure how to check this, seek professional help before you apply tiles as you could cause a lot of damage to the tiles you apply and the wall itself if it is not secure.
If the wall tiles are going in a wet room, around a bath or in a shower, the drywall must be removed and replaced with a waterproof board instead. If you do not do this, your drywall will more than likely become moist and rot away over time.
The surface you plan to tile must be completely smooth. Any residue or debris will prevent the tiles from being flat. If there are crevices, cracks or holes you must fill them in with a suitable product and then use sandpaper to smooth the wall down after the filler has dried. The wall could also be sanded down as standard to ensure it is smooth, regardless of whether or not you can see debris on it.
This is especially relevant if you’ve removed any paint or sanded the surface smooth as there will be dust on the wall. Simply use a damp cloth to wipe the wall down and leave it to dry completely before applying the tiles.