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Tiling a Bathroom Basin Splash-back

Skill Level: Beginner

Introduction

A tiled splash back running along the wall behind a bathroom hand basin looks decorative as well as serving an important function, that of keeping water and therefore dampness from entering the walls. Not everyone wishes to tile the whole of the bathroom; it may be simply painted, or even papered. However, with only one or two rows of tiles the whole appearance of the room can be transformed and uplifted. This is not a big job, there’s just a bit of measuring and marking out, some marking out, very little in the way of tile cutting; just adhesive spreading, and grouting to finish it all off!

 
Sounds rather a lot……….but fear not! We’ll take it easy, give it a bit of thought, and have the right tools at hand. It’s all pretty straight forward really.

 

Ceramic Tile Splash Back

Where the top edge of the basin is straight, or has only the smallest of curvatures, then it is possible to start from this edge with whole tiles and without the use of wooden battens for support. The first thing to do is mark on the wall the position of the tiles and joints; start from the middle of the basin, and work outwards toward either end

The First Row

Apply the adhesive to the wall evenly using a notched adhesive spreader, and support the tiles against sagging using either spacers or folded cardboard on the underside, and use plastic spacers on the vertical joints.

When fully dry

When the adhesive is fully dry, remove the spacers and any bits of cardboard used.
If you are only fixing a single row splash back then all that remains is to grout the joints, silicone seal the gap at the bottom of the tiles where they meet the basin, and fix the edging strips (if used) If you wish to fix a couple of rows of tiles, taking the splash back higher up the wall then simply build another row of tiles on top of the first, then finish it off with the edging and silicone.

Grouting and Sealing

Grouting and Sealing

Many quality tile adhesives also serve as a grouting material, and for our purposes I would suggest this is the easiest, and could probably work out the cheapest.
  • Work the grout well into the join crevices with a piece of sponge.
  • Wipe away any excess grout from the tile surface with a damp cloth.
  • When almost dry, smooth the grout between the tiles with a plastic grouting tool, they only cost pennies and make a nice, neat job..

 

 

Mosiac Tiled Splash Back

Mosaic tiles also make very attractive splash backs and will enhance any bathroom. Not only that; they are just as easy to fix as ordinary ceramic tiles, and can be trimmed and formed around contours and corners with relative ease. Mosaic tiles come in a largish sheet, or panel form, and are very quick to fit

Setting Out

You will still need to mark out the vertical and horizontal lines on the wall, and should work from the centre of the basin, outwards. Depending on the height you wish your mosaic splash back; you may need to cut it down, or add extra rows. This is easily done using a craft knife to cut between the tiles, or use tile nibblers to chip away at the tiles that require shaping

Spread the Tile Adhesive on the Wall.

Spread the tile adhesive evenly on the wall using a notched spreader and press the tile panel firmly into position on the wall. Hold in position and cover with a piece of hardboard, or similar, and gently tap down with a wooden mallet. This ensures a neat and flat surface finish to the panel. No need for grouting; Clean up, job done!

Tools you will need:
Vitrex 10-2280 Grout Finisher - Double Ended
Vitrex 10-2280 Grout Finisher - Double Ended
- Vitrex 10-2960 Plastic Tile Trowel
Vitrex 10-2960 Plastic Tile Trowel
- Pack of 5 Blackspur 250 qty 2mm Tile Spacers
Pack of 5 Blackspur 250 qty 2mm Tile Spacers
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