Home Renovations Hermanus – Tiling Tips

Home Renovations Hermanus – Tiling Tips:  Tiling your bathroom or kitchen can really update, modernise and freshen up the look of your home. Tiles can become quite dated and there are many fabulous ranges on offer in the many tiling stores around the country that will transform the look of your room.

Tools you will need to begin tiling:

  • A notched trowel for applying tile adhesive
  • A sponge or grouting tool
  • A tile cutter to ensure straight sides when tiles have to be cut to size
  • Tile spacers
  • A spirit level
  • A rubber mallet for tapping the tiles firmly into the adhesive
  • Tape measure, pencil, knee pads

Before you begin:

  • Ensure all surfaces you will be tiling are smooth and level
  • Ensure that all plaster is completely dry before you start
  • Cover the surfaces with a thick material so that should a tile drop there will be no damage
  • Tape the edges of cupboards to prevent dust entering
  • Plan the layout of your tiles so that they are even and line up correctly
  • Ensure that all the tiles are matching


  • Measure walls from side to side and top to bottom and mark the centre points
  • Remember to leave spacer widths between tiles
  • Always lay all your whole tiles before you lay the cut tiles
  • Never mix more adhesive than you can use in the time specified on the box
  • Ensure that the consistency of adhesive is correct or the tiles will not stick
  • Apply enough adhesive for four tiles or it will dry before you use it
  • Remove the spacers before the adhesive is completely dry or you may struggle to get them out
  • Wipe the tiles with a damp sponge to remove excess adhesive
  • Leave tile adhesive to dry for 2 days if possible before grouting – overnight as a minimum
  • Grout evenly into the joints and wipe off excess with a sponge

Home Renovations Hermanus – we offer a complete home renovation and maintenance service in the greater Hermanus area so contact Donnelly Home Maintenance for a free and friendly quotation

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