Guide to Installing a Tile Backsplash in the Bathroom

Installing a tile backsplash is a small DIY job that can greatly upgrade the aspect of your bathroom. Even a small backsplash will need some preparation, patience and at least three separate days to accomplish the work although the skills involved in laying backsplash tiles are easy to master.

Begin to Clean

To provide a good surface for the tile adhesive, clean off the wall. This could be as simple as dusting off the wall if there are no stains. Otherwise, scrub the stain using bathroom cleanser and a scrub brush, and with a clean rag, wipe it dry.

Line a Grid

On your work area use a pencil to draw a tiling grid. To help you in drawing a tiling grid, use tape measure and level. The width of your selected tile plus one of your tiling spacers for each column or row. Decide the location of the spacer for each column and row when you are drawing the grid.

Plot Your Grid

Into each intersection on your grid place thumb pins. After you apply the tile adhesive, this will help you keep the guidelines in mind.

Adhesive Application

Pick an area about 2 or 3 feet square. Using a tiling trowel, lay down a coating of tile adhesive. As you move on with your work, remove and replace the push pins. Opposite the adhesive, draw the toothed edge of the tiling trowel to cut channels on the surface after the tile adhesive is on the wall.

Set the Tiles

Using the push pins to guide your placement, lay a tile on the wall by pushing the tile into its place. To give it a good snap-up on the adhesive, slight twist the tile in proximity to the wall, and then twist it back into order and firmly press it.

Utilize Spacers

To help align further tiles, set spacers as needed. Once the next tile is in place, you can remove the spacers on the side of the tile, but to prevent the tiles from sliding down the adhesive, the spacer on the top and bottom should stay.

Repeat Steps

Until all of the tile in the backsplash has been laid, repeat steps 4 through 6. Best to let the adhesive dry overnight.

Grout Application

Remove all the push pins and spacers placed when the adhesive is dry. Follow the manufacturer’s direction when mixing the purchased grout. By pushing it into the spaces between the tiles with a grout float, apply the grout to the wall. Make the grout stand overnight.

Finishing Up

Underneath the backsplash, outlay a drop cloth. Mix a cleaning solution: one part water to one part white vinegar. Using the prepared solution plus sponge and scrubber, clean the grout residue off the tiles.