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Wall To Floor, The Best DIY Jobs To Do This Bank Holiday

Whilst doing your own tiling might seem daunting, it needn’t be. With the right knowledge and tools, this bank holiday offers the perfect time to spruce up your home.

Here, Harriet Goodacre Brand Communications Manager and sTile Consultant at Topps Tiles, offers her advice on tackling some smaller DIY jobs.

“There’s a few things to keep in mind before starting a tiling project, whether that’s creating a splashback or tiling a new floor or wall.

“Whatever you decide to do preparation is key, so make sure the area you plan to tile is clean, even or level and able to withstand any additional weight from tiles. This will ensure your new surface stands the test of time as well as making it easier for you to apply the tiles to the relevant surface.

“You’ll also need the right tools for the job. Make sure you’ve got things like a trowel, tile cutter, tile spacers and grout floats. You’ll also need adhesive, sealant, grout, cloths, sponges and a spirit level. These are all affordable, easy to get hold of from any good tiling store and will make all the difference to the end result of your project.”

Splashbacks with style

“Changing or creating your kitchen or bathroom splash back can really revamp your interiors with minimal cost and effort. With so many tile shapes, patterns and colours to select from, creating a unique and stylish splash back can be easy to do.

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Flute™ Terracotta Tile £68.74 / m² Flute™ Terracotta Decor, £68.74 / m²

“Splashbacks are great for adding some texture and interest to a space but it’s worth remembering that they will also need to serve a practical purpose – keeping your walls free from grime and splashes from cooking or washing your hands. When it comes to the type of tile, ceramic or porcelain tend to be more favourable than the likes of natural stone as they are lower in maintenance – an important consideration given the fact your splashback needs to be water resistant and less susceptible to staining.

“Once you’re happy with your tile choice, make sure you carefully work out how many tiles you need by measuring the area and adding 10% for any cuts and wastage. When you have your tiles and all the necessary tiling equipment, prepare the wall to ensure it is smooth, clean, completely dry and free from any dust or debris.

“Apply an even layer of adhesive to a notched trowel, and starting from the corner, spread the product over the area of two or three tiles at a time. Place the tiles firmly on the adhesive, using spacers to create an even layout. Allow to dry for 24 hours, and then fill the spaces between each tile using grout and a grout float. Pushing the grout deep into the joints will prevent moisture from getting behind the tiles, which is particularly important in kitchen or bathroom areas.

“Once finished, wipe down your tiles with a clean, damp sponge, working at a 45-degree angle down your surface.”

Fancy flooring

“Firstly consider they type of tile you’d like for your floor and where it will be used. You’ll want something hardwearing and durable for a hallway, such as porcelain or natural stone tiles and something water resistant for the bathroom, either a porcelain or ceramic tile.

“To make sure your floor looks its best, measure everything and use floorplans to avoid over or under spending on materials. As with any tiling project, always allow for an extra 10% during the installation process so any issues can be quickly rectified.

“If you’re not sure how to calculate the amount of tiles you need, try using an online tile calculator like the one on the Topps Tiles website. Simply type in your room measurements and let the tool do the hard work for you!

“If you’re a complete tiling novice, you might want to tackle a smaller flooring project to build up experience and confidence. Start small by replacing old, damaged tiles or creating a splash back. This will give you a chance to practice your skills before tackling a larger project.

“Make sure you prepare your floor correctly before tiling on to it for a professional and lasting finish. You’ll need a solid, smooth and level surface to tile onto and keep your floor in top condition.

“Make sure you allow plenty of time to plan the project in detail, with a particular focus on layout and design. The general rule of tiling a floor is to work from the centre outwards. From there you can extend the floor towards the edges of the room. Try dry laying your tiles, using 3mm tile spacers between them to get an accurate sense of how they will look when laid. This will allow you to see how everything will look before you start to fix them and give you the opportunity to play around with the look and style of it.

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Prossimo™ Tile £71.00 / m²

“Once you’re happy with how everything looks, mix your adhesive according to the packaging and carefully and evenly apply to the floor using your trowel. Place your tiles firmly onto the adhesive, adding your tile spacers between each one to ensure they’re evenly spaced. Use your spirit level to make sure the tiles are lying flat and wipe them down with a damp sponge to remove any excess adhesive before leaving everything to dry for 24 hours.

“Once the tiles are down and the adhesive has dried you can fill the spaces between each tile using grout and a grout float. As with many tiling projects, you need to make sure you push the grout deep into the joints between the tiles to keep any moisture from getting behind them.”

For further specialist advice, trends and tips, visit Topps Tiles, the UK’s number one tile specialist with more than 300 stores across the UK. Topps Tiles offers interest free credit on any large-scale tile purchase, making stylish tiles easily accessible and affordable to homeowners. Terms and conditions apply. Topps Tiles won the Mastermind Award at the Adobe Experience Maker Awards 2021 as well as the B2C Ecommerce Website of the Year at the UK Digital Growth Awards 2021.

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