How To Tile A Bathroom Shower?

It is a common question for some do-it-yourselfer; how to tile a bathroom shower. If you are ready, you only need to spare your little time and patience to do the project. After you get your time and your patience, prepare some tools and materials to fulfill your project; tile, thinset mortar, grout, notched trowel, rubber float, tile spacers, 4 mil plastic sheet, bathroom silicone caulk, seam sealer, sponge, haze remover, cement backer board, cement board screws, jigsaw, utility knife, staple gun, fiberglass seam sealer for backer board and wet tile saw or snap cutter. If you have finished preparing those tools and materials, it is time for you to start the project.

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Step by Step: How to Tile a Bathroom Shower

1. Shower Stall is Stripped to Studs

We are assuming that the shower stall is already completely stripped down to the studs. This means everything except for floor pan: walls, ceiling, and hardware. If you’re having trouble contemplating the sheer ugliness of demolition, this is your second chance to hire a remodeling contractor.

2. Install Cement Backer Board

Install cement backer board over 4 mil plastic stapled to studs. Common types available are Wonderboard or Hardibacker (James Hardie Industries). Cement board is a material designed for intense water applications, as opposed to drywall green board. Green board is for the outlying areas, not for the shower itself.

3. Mark First Row of Tiles

Using a level, mark the location of your first row of tiles with a contractor’s pencil – this will be the bottom row. Avoid having the bottom edge of the tiles exactly hit the bottom of the cement board. Instead, make sure there is an overlap of about a half-inch.

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4. Mortar Bottom Row

Apply thinset mortar to bottom row area. When purchasing thinset mortar, it is recommended to buy the more expensive premixed mortar (in buckets), instead of buying the less expensive but more difficult powdered mortar.

5. Install First Row of Tile

Use your notched trowel to lay down a thin coat of mortar. Firmly press in your first row of tiles. Tile should stick without any other aid. Let this row set for at least half a day, because all other rows depend on this row.

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6. Continue Rows of Tile Upward

Install upper rows, keeping them spaced away on all four sides with tile spacers (inexpensive plastic “crosses” available at your hardware store). Keep in mind proper tile spacing technique. Continue to top. Unless you are lucky enough for the upper-most row to be an exact fit (highly unlikely), you will need to cut to size with your wet tile saw or snap cutter

7. Grout the Tile

Let tile set for 48 hours. Use your rubber float to press grout into the open seams. No doubt you will want to choose a type of grout whose color complements your tile. Continue to press wet grout into the seams, scraping away the excess. Follow with a wet sponge to further smooth the grout into the tiles. If you apply too much pressure or wipe parallel to the seams, you will remove the grout from between the tiles. Be sure to see our video about applying grout to tile.

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8. Remove Grout Haze and Seal Seams

Repeat process until haze is nearly removed (haze cleaners are available to further remove grout haze). Finally, seal seams with special grout sealer. Failure to seal seams means that water can work into the seams and behind the tile, eventually destroying your careful work.

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Now you have to know how to tile a bathroom shower and how about your project? If you did the instructions, it is guaranteed that your project is well done. However, if you still feel doubt to do the project, go find for a professional contractor to do the project.