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Once you’ve got an idea of the look you want to create, plan ahead to ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re not yet sure of the style you want then take a look at our kitchen tiling inspiration.
Add textured white wall tiles for extra character or use white cosmopolitan gloss tiles on walls and counters for a contemporary look. You can also enhance the feeling of space with softly reflective wall tiles on a feature wall.Shop all white tiles
Due to the nature of the manufacturing process, there can be very slight bowing along the length of tiles that are 60cm or larger. To lay tiles in an offset running bond pattern, it’s best to stagger the tile by only a third or less instead of by half. This will minimise the effect of the bowing on the finished look. If the tile is less than 60 cm you can do either of the below:
For a regular shaped room, measure the width of your room at the widest points then do the same for the length. Multiply these two numbers together and that will give you the area of the room in m2. Add 10% for wastage and round up to the nearest metre.
For an irregular shaped room (such as an L shape) break the room up into rectangles and measure each one individually. Add them all together to get the entire m2 area. Don’t forget to add 10% for wastage and round up to the nearest metre.
Once you have your total area, you will need to look at the pack size of your tiles to see how much area each pack covers. Divide your total m2 by the pack size to give you the amount of packs to buy. Follow the same principle for your walls but remember to measure doors and windows and deduct them from your calculations.
Selecting the right materials is key to achieving a professional looking, long-lasting finish. We recommend using a powdered, flexible adhesive for porcelain tiles and ceramic floor and wall tile adhesive for floor, worktop and exterior tiling including wet rooms and swimming pools.
Natural stone and polished surface tiles need sealing to help prevent damaging liquids being absorbed into the tile. It’s recommended that these tiles are cleaned then sealed prior to grouting. Further coats of sealer should be applied after grouting – when the tile stops absorbing the sealer, you know it’s sealed correctly.
Your surfaces need to be clean, dry and as flat as possible before starting any tiling. For the best results, take the following steps to prepare these surfaces.
Render the wall to give it a smooth finish.
Remove all wallpaper and washdown to eliminate any surface grease and dust.
Remove flaking paint and rub down using wetted medium grade wet and dry sandpaper.
Remove any flaking paint and washdown to remove any surface grease and dust.
Remove all whitewash from plaster. Alternatively, remove any flaking areas then treat the surface with a stabilising primer.
The total weight of the tiling should be no more than 20kg/sqm and they should only be applied to securely mounted plasterboard that is at least 12.5mm thick. If you’re not sure of the thickness of your plasterboard, find a visible edge to measure or drill a small hole.
You need waterproof plasterboard for tiling in wet areas like bathrooms or you can use plaster skim to seal standard plasterboard before tiling. In dry areas, seal the paper covering of the plasterboard with a coat of emulsion paint.
Leave to dry for at least three weeks. All bare plaster work (including repaired areas) should be sealed using a plaster primer before fixing tiles.