7 Easy Steps: How to Install Tiles on Bathroom Walls

Many people use stylishly designed bathroom wall tiles to give their bathroom a slightly different from the traditional look. Walls tiles not only give your bathroom a unique look but also create a protective layer on the walls of your bathroom. Which protects against mold growth and moisture damage, as well as tiles walls are much easier than regular walls

If you are also thinking of installing tiles on your bathroom walls, you can easily complete them in a few hours. You don’t have to look anywhere else for its easy guide. Because we have explained the easy way in this guide in a complete way how to install tiles on bathroom walls step by step easy process, so let’s start our guide without wasting time.

How to Install Tiles on Bathroom Walls

Before starting the shower wall tile installing process, you need to collect so many tools and materials. Below we are listed.

Materials

  • Cement Tiles
  • Thinset
  • Trim Tile
  • Tile Spacers
  • Plastic Corner Trims
  • Grout Haze Remover
  • Grout, Grout Sealant, Silicone Sealant

Tools

  • Safety Glasses and Gloves
  • Framing Square, Measuring Tape, Pencil
  • Tile Cutter
  • Tile Nippers
  • Rubber Grout Float
  • Notched Trowel, Margin Trowel
  • Bucket, Mallet, Spirit Level

Step 1: Choose Your Shower Wall Tiles

Determine the measurements of your complete shower wall is one of the most important tasks while you’re choosing a tile. Then fix the tiles and their size based on those measurements. For easy understanding, we have given an example: if your bathroom wall is 10 feet × 10 feet, it means 100 square feet. Now you can buy a complete tile set based on these square feet.

However, we would highly recommend you to purchase 10 to 15% extra. Because the tile installing process is very sensitive, so there are chances of damage. If accidentally damaged, then you can use those extra tiles immediately.

Step 2: Prepared Your Bathroom Walls Tile Pattern

If your bathroom walls are made of plaster, drywall, cement backer board, or cement block, then our chosen cement wall tiles are the perfect option for you. But before that, clean and dry the wall so that the tiles can be attached smoothly during installing.

Also, make a pattern of how to install the bathroom tile according to the complete size of the entire walls. You can measure a tile horizontally and vertically and make sure that the ensuing tiles are cut at the end of the installation. If you need to cut, consider cutting the small part of the tiles towards the bottom or the top.

Step 3: Properly Mix and Apply the Mortar

The tile installing process is a very dusty job, so you must wear safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself before starting work.

You can see different types of mortar in the market because mortar adhesives depend on the different types of walls. So in the field of purchase, you must buy a thinset mortar that is suitable for your wall.

Must follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you are mixing the thinset mortar. Because various thinset mortar mixture formula is different, then spread it on your working area with some of the creamy mixture mortar, without spreading too much at once; keep moving thinly. Use the notched side of the trowel to texture the thinset.

If you are very confused about the size of the trowel to use, then use the trowel recommended by tile manufacturers.

Step 4: Cut and Install the Tile

Then install the tiles one by one; if there is a large blank part at the end, then take the proper size of that part, and cut a part of the tiles accordingly, and fill it. In the field of cutting tiles, you must use a great quality tile cutter for cutting the tile smoothly; press it firmly to cut the tiles accurately.

Use spacers during each tile installation to ensure each gap’s the same size in the middle of the tiles. Then install all the tiles on the wall properly and leave them to dry for 24 hours.

Note: Every time you insert the tiles, make sure that the tiles are at the level and the thinset mortar has gripped the tiles properly, or make sure to pull it lightly.

Step 5: Apply The Grout

After completely drying the thinset, then remove all the spacers from the tiles, and prepare the wall for grout. Use unsanded grout to avoid scratching your tiles, and you can also use the grout recommended by tiles manufacturers to get more precise results.

When applying grout, you must take a small amount of grout, then mix it properly and apply it in the spaces of the tiles using a rubber grout float.

Step 6: Clean The Tile

During grout application, use a wet sponge every 10 minutes to clean the excess grout on the tiles. After applying grout in the space of all the tiles, leave it to dry. To know the exact time to dry the grout properly, see the user manual of the grout.

After properly wet the grout, use a grout haze remover to clean all the tiles. It will help to clean all the tiles in your bathroom properly.

Step 7: Seal the Tiles

This is the final step of our how to install shower wall tile guide. After properly grouting the tile’s space, let it dry properly for a while. Then use grout sealant on the grout to avoid any leakage issues in the future. Then use silicon sealant on the edges, joints, and corners. Then leave it to dry naturally until the time instructed by the manufacturers.

Final Verdict

If you do not have any basic knowledge about tiles installation, then it is difficult for you to install the tiles. But we have tried to present all the steps in this how to install tiles on bathroom walls guide very simply for easily understand each step. Hopefully, it has helped you a lot to understand everything.

If you are still confused about the amount of measurements and mixing formula of all things, then we would recommend before applying everything must see the manufacturer’s instruction of each product properly.