Tiling a floor

Job description:

Tiling a floor is not very complicated but requires to properly prepare the surface and observe different steps. Tiles are hard wearing and normally reserved for kitchens, bathrooms and hallways but they can also look great in dining and sitting rooms.

Skill level: 2 – Intermediate

Materials required:

  • Trowel
  • Spirit level
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile cutter
  • Toothed trowel
  • Grout

Step by step guide to tiling your floor:

1. Measure the area you need to cover. It is always a good idea to buy enough tiles allowing for breakage as those from a different stock might be slightly different.

2. The floor must be clean, very flat and dry.

3. If the surface is all uneven its worth pouring a self-levelling cement compound on. Small dips and hollows can be overcome with the tiling adhesive.

4. Start to lay your tiles 'dry' just to give you some idea of the layout. The dry fit process is quite important is you are setting a pattern.

5. Spread the tile adhesive on the floor with the trowel on a m2 approximately, then place the first tile by tapping lightly on top.

6. When you have placed 4 or 5 tiles, position the spacers to equalize the gaps between each tile. The gaps between the tiles are vitally important to the finished look of the floor. If your tile is 10 by 10 cm, then your joints will be 2 to 3 mm.

7. Checked with the spirit level that the floor is straight.

8. Before you tile past a door that opens into the room, check that there is enough clearance beneath to allow it to open when the job is complete.

9. Leave for another 24 hours and then apply grout in the gaps between the tiles. Squeeze the grout in with a rubber-edged grout spreader and wipe away the excess with a lightly dampened sponge.When the grout is dry, give the tiles a shine with a soft cloth.

Unless you are good at DIY, you might want to contact a local tiler.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.