Thinking of refreshing the look in your bathroom without the expense of a full refit?

Tiles can be a cost effective way of doing this and adding some colour at the same time. It goes without saying that the wet areas such as a shower enclosure, need to be fully tiled, properly grouted and sealed on all edges.

There are literally hundreds of design ideas out there. To get the ball rolling, here is a photo of some tiling we completed on one of our installs:

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All of the above can be achieved with the right preparation. we would recommend a tanked background using a suitable background waterproof substance to start.

Once this is done and you have decided on a tile size/orientation etc. its time to set out the start points. From an aesthetic point of view, its best to get the cuts into floors, ceiling and walls as big as possible.

The next step is the screw batons to the walls around the area to be tiled, which are level and straight. This will take the weight of the tiles whilst the adhesive sets. Once the adhesive on the first row has had enough tie to set, the batons can be removed and a tile cut in underneath to the shower tray, bath or floor, which ever it might be.

You are now ready to mix up adhesive and begin placing the tiles on the wall, with the required spacing in between. Take care at this point not to get any adhesive on the front and edges of tiles, this will save you time later. Typically, unless you are a professional, you will be using a slow setting adhesive, which would take up to 16 hours to set before these spacer can be removed.

When all of the tiles have been hung onto the wall and the adhesive has set, its time to grout. Hopefully you were clean and tidy when hanging the tiles so wont need to spend too much time cleaning adhesive from the joints.

To do this you will need a grout float. The idea here is to completely fill the joint, without any air bubbles, getting as little as possible on the face of the tiles. after a short time, its time to wash and smooth each joint. You will need a sponge and clean water for this.

When all of the above has been done, leave to dry for 24 hours before washing and drying to remove any residue. You are now ready for silicone sealant around all edges.

For more information on which adhesives and grouts to use and for the tools you will need, please follow this link :http://www.dsikitchens.co.uk/flooring-tiling/tiling