Mar 272012

Working on your bathroom floor requires hard work, but with proper knowledge, the right materials and careful execution, it can be done properly just as you want it.

What you need:

  1. tiles (size, shape and color depend on your preferences)
  2. measuring tape
  3. notched trowel
  4. grout
  5. grout float
  6. grout sealant
  7. pencil
  8. safety glasses
  9. sandpaper
  10. soft cloth
  11. speed square
  12. sponge
  13. thin-set mortar or any recommended tile adhesive
  14. tile spacers
  15. tile saw/cutter


1. Plan.Decide on your bathroom theme or color to know what type, color, size and shape of tiles you would need. Carefully take proper space measurements to find out how many tiles would be required to fill the entire project. If you intend to make some bathroom art using your floor tiles, use graphing paper to create a pattern for you to follow. You can pick whatever style or color you like, just make sure to choose tiles that are not too slippery to avoid bathroom accidents. Ask your favorite hardware store which tiles are best suited for bathroom floors.

Setting Tile (Fine Homebuilding)
2. Purchase materials.Scout for shops that offer the best compromise between price and quality. Purchase all the tiles needed at once to make sure that you get stock that look exactly the same. Tiles of the same kind but produced at different times might have differences in appearance. Also, make sure to buy a few extras in case something goes wrong (i.e. broken tiles, mistakes in cutting, etc.) Count even half pieces for floor corners and edges.

3. Clear out the space.Remove furniture, bathroom vanity and other removable objects from the space to be tiled. Get rid of unwanted water, dirt and clutter, including old tiles if you are remodeling. Do not install tiles over old ones.

4. Dry fit the tiles.Arrange the tiles on the floor from the center going outwards. This will help you grid out the floor space, find out if you have enough tiles, and check your floor tile pattern if you have one.

5. Mark the center tile’s location.Use a pencil and mark the center tile’s position by tracing around it. Needless to say, this will be your basis for following your dry fit pattern.

6. Cut tiles as needed. Since you have already dry-fitted your tiles, you already know how many tiles have to be cut and by how much. Mark the tiles that need cutting and carefully use tile saw to do the desired trimming. Circular or curving cuts can be done by making a number of straight notches and allowing them to break out. Smooth out edges using sandpaper. These procedures are usually for tiles at the edges (along the foot of walls) and around already installed lavatory furniture such as sinks, toilets, tubs and bathroom vanities.

7. Prepare the adhesive. Following label and manufacturer instructions, mix the thin-set mortar to its required consistency (usually as thick as peanut butter). You can also use any adhesive as recommended by the tile manufacturer.

Stanley Complete Tiling
8. Spread the adhesive on the floor. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and start spreading the adhesive from the middle of the floor where your center tile is traced, outwards. Don’t coat the entire floor at once, just those that can be covered or tiled in an hour. Dried out mortar will be less effective for holding the tiles, if not useless.

9. Set the tiles one by one. Start with the center tile, giving it a little twist or wiggle to make sure that the tile sticks well enough. Make sure to leave a couple of millimeter spaces between tiles for the grout. For starters, it is best to use tile spacers.

10. Let the tile settle. Allow the tiles and adhesive to dry and harden overnight.

11. Apply the grout and sealer. Once the tiling has been completely dried and toughened, remove the tile spacers and apply the grout. Let it dry and apply the recommended grout sealer.

12. Clean up. Do not use abrasive cloth or objects to avoid damaging your newly installed bathroom tiles.


About the Author: Adie Sotelo is a contracted writer for Premiere Vanities. A specialty store dedicated to proving our customers with a great selection, competitive pricing and unparalleled customer service.

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