How to tile your bathroom

How to tile your bathroom

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  • When ordering tiles, add an extra 10% for waste and cuts (15% if laying diagonally).
  • Pre-cut the tiles where required. Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the space to allow for even grout joints.
  • Always “dry lay” your tiles without adhesive prior to tiling to figure out your tile placement. It is the best way to avoid mistakes and ensure that you have the right amount of tiles or if any need cutting before permanently gluing your tiles.
  • If the mortar rises up between the tiles as you place them, the bed is too thick and you will need a smaller trowel.
  • When tiling a floor, it is recommended to start from a central point and working your way out to each corner, one at a time.
  • Do not use the spot fixing method.

You’ll need:

  • Selleys White for Life Tile Adhesive
  • Measuring cup
  • Bucket
  • Drill
  • Paddle mixing bit
  • Cross spacer
  • Spirit level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Blade or knife
  • Silicone scraper or spatula
  • Soft clean cloth


  • Ensure surfaces are primed with a suitable primer.
  • Wet areas such as bathrooms and shower recesses must also be waterproofed with a suitable water- based waterproofing membrane.
  • Dry lay all tiles used to ensure measurements are correct and cut any tiles required to fit space.


1. Add water to the bucket then slowly add the powder while mixing with a paddle, ensuring there are no lumps (600mL to 2kg powder bag). Note that mixing with a paddle attached to a drill, makes mixing easier and faster. Allow mixture to stand for 5 minutes.
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2. Spread the adhesive evenly onto surface using a notched trowel, working on about one square metre at a time.
Place and fix each tile in position before the adhesive forms a surface skin. Adjust and bed the tile by sliding it roughly perpendicular to the notch pattern to ensure full coverage on the back of the tile.
Note: some larger or deeply keyed tiles may also require buttering of the adhesive onto the back of the tile to ensure full coverage.
Use spacers to ensure even grout joints.
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3. Check that the tiles are level and use a rubber mallet to tap and level them lightly if required.
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4. Remove excess adhesive from face of tiles and joints with a damp cloth or sponge, before adhesive sets (20 minutes).
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5. Once the tiles have been laid, they must not be disturbed and not be subjected to foot traffic for at least 24 hours.
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