Replacing the tiles of bathroom floor is not a cumbersome job. If you have basic knowledge of using different tools used in this process, then you can easily do it. One thing that is important is what kind of tile you are selecting for your floor- glass tile or ceramic tile. In the case of glass tiles, you need to confirm whether the tiles can be used for installing a floor or not.
Tools used in this process are- cutters, tile nippers, grout, a large sponge, grout spacers, and a notched trowel. However, for sheet tiles, grout spacers are not required, and they can be easily installed because they have ready to install mosaics.
The first thing to be done is to remove old tiles from the floor of your bathroom. Removal of tiles is little complicated and ensure that after removal, you properly clean the surface and make it smooth for installing another layer of tiles. Grease cleaners can also be used for cleaning grease from the surface.
For having the estimate of the number of tiles required for the job, you can measure the size of space. While purchasing tiles, always take some extra pieces as tiles with the same color is little difficult to be available in future.
All the molds and fixtures like the toilet, sinks are required to be removed from the surface. Take a sub floor (green board or cement board), fix it on the floor and remember that the floor should be leveled.
Now you can start fixing the tiles on the floor. It is preferred to start fitting from the longest wall side as it makes your task convenient. Use rubber mallet for tapping as it fixes tiles well onto the floor. After that, grout spacer is used to maintain equal space between the tiles. If you need small tile for any place, then you can cut a tile with a tile cutter.
After fixing all the tiles, you can leave it for one day and next day with the help of trowel fill grout in between adjacent tiles. Remove extra grout with a sponge and run a mop over tiles. Then leave it for a week so that tiles get strongly attached to the floor.
Once your new bathroom tile is cured, you can reattach the fixtures. Keep the extra tiles for future needs. You are now ready with new bathroom floor. One of the most typical mistakes of the DIY tiler is utilizing the wrong kind of adhesive. If you are tiling a shower room or bathroom, you need to use a waterproof adhesive. If you use any other kind of adhesive you are going to find that following a short time the moisture within the bathroom will find its way underneath the tiles and cause crumbling that will eventually result in your tiles lifting.
Regardless of how good you might be at tiling, there will probably inevitably be a waste. You need to see not more than 15% waste. Which means that if you are ordering your tiles, you have to order 15% a lot more than the total amount you will have to cover your floor. After finishing the task, if you have tiles remaining, It is usually a smart idea to keep a few spares. If you have more than this, it is really not uncommon for the supplier to consider back unused tiles. We have even known suppliers to consider back and refund on single tiles.