Wall tiles have become the de facto standard in places subject to increased moisture and requiring easy cleaning. Toilet, bathroom and kitchen are rooms where a wall tile backsplash is a must. How to stick the tiles on the wall yourself is described in this article..
Generally speaking, sticking tiles to a wall isn’t much different, in fact, from laying floor tiles. However, this business has a number of its peculiarities. We will tell you how to glue wall tiles using the example of making an apron over the bathroom.
Required tools and materials
- Level. 0.8 m length is sufficient.
- Roulette and pencil.
- Notched spatula.
- Mixer with attachment for mixing loose mixtures.
- Tile cleaning cloth.
- Tile cutter.
- Rubber trowel for grouting.
- Rotary hammer and dowels with self-tapping screws.
- Plastic decorative corners.
- UD profile (wall-mounted) and scissors for its cutting.
- Tile crosses. Depending on the required width of the seams, you need to select the size of the crosses. For wall tiles, values up to 2.5 mm are optimal..
- Tile adhesive.
- Grout. You can buy the desired color at once, or you can take white and a suitable color scheme for it. In the second case, it will turn out a little cheaper..
- Deep penetration primer. Necessary for better adhesion of the tile adhesive to the substrate.
- The tile itself.
Wall Tile Sticker
1. Preparing the base. If the wall is made of plasterboard, then no special work is needed. If the wall is plastered, then it makes sense to make deep frequent notches with a chisel for better adhesion of surfaces.
2. We prime the walls with a deep penetration primer. We do everything very carefully. Use a small brush in the recesses.
3. Knead the glue solution in a bucket using a construction mixer and let it stand for five to ten minutes.
4. While the solution is infused, mark the bottom edge of the apron. Since the tile of the apron will not go from the floor, we will organize a support plane on the wall from which the tile will begin. To do this, using scissors for cutting the profile, we cut off a piece of the UD profile (wall profile) in such a way that all the rows of the tiles to be laid will fit on it..
5.Using the level, we set the profile horizontally and fasten it to the wall.
6. The solution was infused. We wipe the back of the tile with a wet cloth to remove dust from it and subsequently it did not take water from the solution.
7.Using a notched trowel, apply the adhesive to the tiles and place them at the beginning of the first row of installation.
8. Check the verticality of the starting angle. If the wall overhangs a little, then we retreat the required distance so that the upper rows of tiles do not rest against the corner.
9. At some distance from the first laid tile, we install a beacon, along which we control the plane and in the future we will orient ourselves.
10. From the first tile in the resulting plane, lay the following elements of the first row. Above it is the next row. To ensure the same distance between the tiles to be laid, we install distance crosses.
11. If necessary, cut holes in the tiles in the right places. Mark the place on the tile to be removed. With the help of pliers, break off the tiles in small pieces. It is very important to wear safety glasses.
12. Before gluing the tiles of the adjacent wall, insert a corner plastic element into the corner.
13. Before gluing the last rows, we also mount decorative plastic corners. Their ends are cut at an angle of 45 °.
14. It is advisable to immediately clean the joints and the tiles themselves from excess glue during installation. Once dry, this will be difficult to do. We fix the last rows so that they do not disperse.
15. After the glue has dried, dismantle the spacer crosses with pliers. If the cross cannot be pulled out, in no case should you gouge it out with a screwdriver or something iron, so you can chip off the enamel. For these purposes, you can cut a wooden stick or use a piece of plastic corner.
16. Dismantle the profile. We dilute the grout.
17. Apply to the wall with a spatula.
18. When the grout is dry, gently wipe.
19. The apron is ready.
In conclusion, a few words about the preparation of the base for gluing tiles. A plasterboard wall is ideal – a flat plane that does not require additional preparation. It often happens that the wall on which the tiles need to be glued is old, uneven, or even painted with oil paint. You can clean off the paint, level the wall, primer – all this is laborious and quite expensive. There is a simple cheap solution.
In almost every store that sells drywall, there is a marriage – broken sheets, or sheets with flaws – this is what you need – it costs several times less, and the final quality will not be affected by the marriage. Take pieces of drywall and glue them directly to the walls with liquid nails. It is clear that in the places of gluing, you still have to clean the wall. You don’t need to spread a lot, it is done pointwise. So that the sheet does not fall off while the glue dries, we fix it with a pair of self-tapping screws, even better with dowel-nails, right through the sheet to the wall. We also attach the next piece. Gradually, filling the walls with plasterboard mosaics, completely cover the entire surface. As a result, we get an almost perfectly flat, strong and clean wall, immediately suitable for gluing tiles.