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Choosing the right adhesive for your tiles

How to tile walls and floors

Watch our easy-to-follow videos showing how to tile walls and floors.


To make sure your tiles last for years to come, you’ll need to choose the right adhesive to attach them to your walls or floors.


There are two types of adhesive available - pre-mixed or mix-at-home. Pre-mixed adhesives are perfect for tiling walls, while stronger mix-at-home adhesives are the right choice if you’re tiling floors, too.


All adhesives are considered to be water resistant. However, for exterior use and wet rooms, it’s best to use an adhesive specially designed for the job such as Wickes Waterproof Wall Tile Adhesive.


Use this simple table to work out which adhesive is right for your project:

Surface Type of tiles Suitable products Pre-mixed? Added benefits Drying time
Walls Ceramic, porcelain and mosaics Wickes All Purpose Wall Tile Adhesive and Grout Yes Can also be used as grout. 4-8 hours
Wickes Waterproof Wall Tile Adhesive Yes Ideal for bathrooms and showers; mould resistant. 24 hours
Wickes Non-Slip Wall Tile Adhesive Yes Non-slip and instant-grab during application. 24 hours
Mapei Mapegrip Plus Tile Adhesive Yes 24 hours
Natural stone and large-format tiles Wickes Extra-Strong Wall Tile Adhesive Yes Suitable for tiles up to 3.5kg; mould resistant. 24 hours
Walls and floors Ceramic, porcelain, mosaic and natural stone Wickes Ceramic Tile Adhesive No For use indoors and outdoors; suitable for swimming pools and wet rooms. 24 hours
Wickes Rapid-Setting Tile Adhesive No For use indoors and outdoors; suitable for swimming pools and wet rooms. 24 hours
Floors with underfloor heating Ceramic, porcelain, mosaic and natural stone Wickes Flexible Rapid-Set Tile Adhesive No For use indoors and outdoors. 2 hours
Mapei Ultralite Rapid Flex S1 Tile Adhesive No Suitable for swimming pools and wet rooms. 3 hours