GGCL Guide: How to put ceramic tiles on bathroom wall
The durability and long life of the ceramic wall tiles makes it the ideal construction material to be used while covering the bathroom walls. The splash proof, dirt resistant easily cleanable reflective surface of the ceramic wall tiles ensures that your bathroom looks as attractive as your homes and offices.
While the non porous ceramic wall tiles are in itself water resistant, the joints between the adjoining tiles are filled with concrete based grout and will soak up all the moisture. Thus the first step in installing ceramic wall tiles in the bathroom, some water proofing is required. The easiest way to get this done is either applying a thin layer of paint on the base wall or installing special waterproof boards which have latex covering on one side to prevent moisture from being absorbed.
The planning, designing and drawing the layout are the next steps. Start with the back wall of the bathroom as it is the most visible part while entering the bathroom. Starting from the center move towards both the edges diagonally to have an even design. Use the notched trowel to apply the mortar, and always work from the bottom up to stack the tiles on top of each other with spacers for joints. The side walls are usually plumbed up from the face of the bathtub or shower cubicle.
Coming to the joints between the adjoining ceramic wall tiles, all the edges which end against any perpendicular surface needs to have sufficient space of movement to accommodate the seasonal shifts and changes. Once installed accordingly, all the joints and edges must be grouted with appropriate grouting material. Use non-sanded or sanded grout as per the requirements. Let everything dry off for the next 72 hours and then seal the grout joints.