03 Aug 2016

Tile Care: The Do's and Don'ts of DIY tiling

Whether you are tiling for the first time or have done it before, tiling your own house is a task that needs to be done properly. So we have gathered up some tips on what you need to do and what not to do when tiling.


1.      Measure the area where you would lay your tiles. The key is to measure it accurately so you can estimate how many tiles you need to buy. Get the exact number of tiles you need to cover the whole area based on the measurements. Get extra tiles as well because you do not know how many tiles would need to be trimmed and some may accidentally get broken. It’s okay if you bought a lot of extra tiles because you can store them and have tiles ready to replace broken ones when needed.

2.     Get a checklist of the tools and materials that you’ll need. We’ve written about the things that you’ll need so you can start tiling. But just in case you want to be sure, you can visit the nearest National Tile Store and ask one of our staff so you have everything ready before even starting

3.      Consider the type of tiles that you’re going to use. If you’ll be tiling your bathroom, use tiles with a no-slip feature. It’s another thing though if you’re tiling your kitchen wall and backsplashes. Polished tiles would be great for these areas instead.

4.      Use tile spacers. Tile spacers are small bits of plastic used to space tiles equally. Following your layout and spacing the tiles using tile spacers is going to help in the overall aesthetics resulting in perfectly lined up tiles that are equally apart from each other.


1.      DON’T walk on the tiles while the adhesive is still drying. The saying “Patience is a virtue,” is perfect in this situation. You don’t want to redo all the work that you have done just because you have not waited long enough.

2.      DON’T be an impulsive buyer. When you have laid your eyes on a tile, take your time to think if this is going to match its surroundings. Try to picture these tiles laid out with your other fixtures and see if it really will be a good fit. 

3.      DON’T ignore water damage just incase you discover one. You have to fix this before tiling over the damaged area. Tiling over it will just aggravate the problem and could lead you to other problems and end up redoing the tiling down the track.

There we have it, some of the basic DO’s and DON’Ts in order for you to properly tile your home. For more detailed information on tiling, feel free to browse other topics here in our blog or go to your nearest National Tiles store and ask our accommodating staff on all things tiles.