10 Best Bathroom Shower Tile Ideas
Grouting the tiles
When all the tiles have been laid and the adhesive is dry, fill the tile joints with a tile grout suitable for floors. Conventional grout is a powder mixed with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is available in colours ranging from off-white to dark grey. For tiles laid over wood floors, remember to mix in a flexible additive.
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For food-preparation areas an epoxy grout is a good idea because it is extremely hard and easily cleaned. Epoxy grout consists of two components that are mixed together, and then a powder filler is added to bulk it out. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour the grout onto the surface and spread it into the joints with the aid of a rubber squeegee, working on small areas at a time. After 15 minutes, clean any excess grout off the surface with a damp cloth. Once the grout has hardened sufficiently, polish the tiles with a clean, dry cloth.
1 Lay your first tile in the furthest comer dry-lay two lines 5 To cut all the border tiles effortlessly and efficiently, of tiles from the centre to find the correct position. place the marked tile in a jig and press the lever to cut.
2 Spread adhesive over a manageable area and press the tiles into position; use plastic spacers for even joints.
6 The cut border tiles will need to be ‘buttered’ with adhesive before being pressed into position.
3 Working fast, continue to lay tiles to complete the first marked square, checking frequently that they are level.
7 When the adhesive is dry, pour grout onto the surface Spread it into the joints a small area at a time.
4 Cut border tiles accurately using the simple method described, remembering to allow for grout at the edge.
8 Any excess grout should be cleaned from the surface with a damp cloth, before it is polished.