Our Guide to Laying Tiles like a Pro

01 May 2017

Well-laid tiles can add a sense of elegance and sophistication to any space. Want to learn how to lay tiles like a pro? Then simply follow our easy step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1 

Preparing the surface is the first and arguably, the most important, step.  To ensure the best possible results, the area needs to be clean (free of any grease or wax), smooth (you may have to dedicate some time to patching or repairing any uneven areas), and dry.

  • Step 2 

Now it’s time to start your layout. Start at the centre point of the room and work outwards. Once you reach the walls, you may have to cut the tiles to ensure that they fit. You will need quality tile cutting equipment for this.

  • Step 3 

Next, you will need to apply tile adhesive. Just remember to only mix enough adhesive to last you for 30 minutes at a time. Mixing any more than that can lead to a reduction in the strength of the adhesive.

  • Step 4 

Finally, it’s time to set the tile. Once they have been placed, don’t forget to tap them down using a rubber hammer and remove any excess adhesive with the help of a putty knife and a moist sponge.

  • Step 5 

Finish off the job by grouting the tile joints. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product!

Now that you know how to lay tiles, you will also likely be on the hunt for a tile cutter for hire. Here at Talisman Hire, we offer construction rental and tool hire to our clients at the most affordable prices in SA. Whether you need a tile cutter or a concrete mixer, we’ve got you covered! Contact us today to learn more.