27 Jun
Tips When Tiling


  • Tiles must be dry and the back of the tile clean.
  • The surface being tiled should be true and even and free from grease, wax, oil, curing compounds, and all forms of contamination.
  • Adhesive should be applied using the appropriate notched trowel. Do not use the spot fixing method, and always apply adhesive horizontally with a notched trowel, rather than in a swirling motion.
  • The whole back of each tile must be in good contact with the adhesive. Press tiles firmly into the adhesive bed and ensure that no voids occurs beneath tiles. See rule 5…
  • Every now and then, lift a tile from the adhesive to check that complete contact with the adhesive is being made.
  • No not fix tiles over skinned adhesive.
  • Allow the adhesive to set before grouting: usually no less than 24 hours. During this time the tiles must be protected from potentially harmful factors like weather and water penetration.
  • Adhesives must be used strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • To achieve greater adhesion and a longer open time, porous concrete should be dampened with water prior to tiling with cement based adhesives.
  • Any loose powder on the backs of tiles should be removed.

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