22 Jul 2016

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on DIY Tiling

Whether you need to tile parts of your house for maintenance or you just want to renovate that bathroom or living room, tiling can be fun and rewarding.

As one saying goes, take a chance. You never know how perfect something might turn out to be. And anyone who has the time, tools and material can definitely do it.

If you’ve already set a time for tiling, let’s move on, and complete your toolbox and supplies.


Here’s what you’ll need:

●      Adhesive Trowel

●      Gauging Trowel

●      Rubber Grout Float

●      Tile Cutter 500mm

●      Tile Nibbler

●      Knee Pads

●      Marking pencils

●      Box level

●      Buckets

●      Sponge

●      Adhesive

●      Grouts

●      Grout Sealer

●      Tile Leveller

●      And of course, Tiles

Now that you have everything set, keep the following in mind before starting:


Make sure that you have enough tiles for the job.

Proper planning is key to complete your project at your estimated timeframe. Your preferred tile design and type may not always be available so having a substitute choice before you start is ideal. On the other hand, purchasing spares would be a good move too to address future repairs. If you’re unsure of how many you’ll need, speak to one of our professionals at your local National Tiles store for advice – just make sure to have all room measurements on hand.


Plan your layout carefully.

The first tile you lay down will determine how the next ones will fit in. For layout help, seek professional advice from tiling specialists online or in stores.

The surface you’ll be tiling should be clean, dry, and dust free.

If you are tiling over wood or timber floors you may need to put cement fiber before tiling to ensure the tiles stick well.

Check the tiles before installing them.

The size, colour, design and quality should be according to what you ordered because you can’t return or have it changed once bonded to a surface.


All the details you need about your tiles will be in your receipt.

So make sure you keep your receipt.

Read label instructions on items like adhesives, grouts, and grout sealers.

If you are in doubt using such items, make sure to ask your National Tiles consultant.


Always waterproof wet areas.

This is a must for shower and bathroom tiling – it’s recommended to seek professional advice and help for waterproofing as incorrect waterproofing can lead to structural damage and electrical issues.


Clean excess glue or grout off tiles before they dry.

Excess glue or grout can be difficult to remove once they harden. It’s also helpful in creating a pleasing, finished aesthetic.


Let adhesives and grouts dry thoroughly before you step on the areas.


Keep your tools and supplies away from children and pets.

At first, DIY tiling may seem hard, but with enough planning, preparation, and the right tools you can do it correctly.


For more DIY tips and a better tile understanding, continue browsing our website or reading our blog.