When it comes to tiling walls or floors, it requires all your effort and patience. Although the task is not so difficult, the perseverance associated with it is very demanding. Let us focus our attention on the process of tiling a kitchen wall. Kitchen walls are the most vulnerable area to oil stains, food particles from the mixer or your baby’s hands messed with food!! We, therefore, feel a need to always clean the kitchen wall before or after cooking.
Tiles do not allow the food/oil stains to stick on it and are easy to clean. You just need a wet cloth to wipe off the mess and your wall is as clean as new! So let us gear up to learn the process of tiling a kitchen wall:
- First of all choose the area which needs to be tiled and then determine the number of tiles needed for the process.
- You will have to purchase enough base tiles to cover the wall that you have chosen.
- You need to buy adhesive which will help in securing the tiles to the wall, grout which should be of such a color that matches with your tiles and some plastic spacers.
- Make sure that the wall is clean and flat.
- Notice the centre of the wall and draw a floor to ceiling vertical line and then a horizontal one which covers the full width of the wall.
- Choose any one of the quadrants thus formed and begin by applying adhesive to the area using the flat end of the trowel.
- Now create ridges in the adhesive with the notched end of the trowel held at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Press the tile to the adhesive and make sure that the entire tile is covered with the adhesive.
- Remember to apply the plastic spacers on all the four sides of the tile.
- You will have to cut the tiles with a tile cutter in order to make them fit at the wall corner or edge.
- Keep in mind the duration that the adhesive needs to be left to dry off and then remove the plastic spacers.
- Now is the turn of mixing grout. Use the rubber float to scoop out some grout and then apply it to the gaps in between the tiles making sure that you are holding the float at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Move the float in all directions to ensure that the entire area is covered with grout.
- Leave the grout on the tiles for about 15 minutes and then wipe off the excess grout with a wet sponge.
- Do not disturb the grout and allow it to cure for about 3 days and then you can apply grout sealer on it.
Easy right!? Let us know in the comments below if this guide helped you.