A Detailed Guide To Installing Ceramic Tile In Your Bathroom


Published on August 3rd, 2019

Ceramic tiles are great to use in bathrooms and kitchens because of their moisture-resistant properties, durability, and easy maintenance. More so, when the tiles are properly laid, it could last for a very long time with little or no maintenance.

There is also a vast range of colors and designs to choose from just as you have when designing your kitchen backsplash tile.

To Follow When Installing Ceramic Tile In Your Bathroom

1. Prep Your Bathroom Surface

To prepare your soon-to-be ceramic tile bathroom, start by cleaning the surface. This would go far in ridding it of any form of debris, wax, grease or soap scum.

Take your time in repairing or leveling any damaged or uneven areas. Identify and remove anything that would hinder the installation process.

2. Plan Your Layout

For a good layout, make sure the layout is even from side to side in all directions. Mark the center point of each wall in the bathroom. The tile layout will tell you the number of tiles to purchase.

From the center point, place a row of tiles along the center using tile spacers to ensure the joints are uniform. The tiles should be loose. When you reach the walls cut the tiles for a proper fit.

3. Remove The Loose Tiles And Apply The Adhesive

Mix enough adhesive that can be applied in 30 minutes. With the flat part of a notched trowel, spread a 1/4″ amount of coat on one grid’s surface area. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and comb adhesive into standing ridges.

Don’t forget to remove excess adhesive. This can be readily done with a putty knife. Ensure you do not cover the layout lines and try to work in small square sections.

This is to ensure the adhesive does not harden (also known as set up) before you put the tiles in place.

4. Cut And Lay The Tile

Use a tile cutter or nipper to make straight or diagonal cuts and to chip away small pieces as required. Smooth out any sharp edges with a carborundum stone. Start laying tiles from the center of the bathroom.

Set each tile into the mortar by gently tapping it with a rubber mallet or hammer. It is important to set tiles one at a time instead of sliding them into place. Insert plastic spacers as each tile is set to maintain even grout lines between the tiles.

5. Place The Perimeter Tiles

Just like in preparing kitchen backsplash tile, this step requires measuring and cutting the tile. Set a scrap tile against the wall to allow the space for grout.

After this procedure, place a loose tile over the last full tile you placed. This tile is that which you would cut to size.

Place another tile on the loose tile and against the wall. Mark the loose tile and cut it to fit along the edge. Allow your ceramic tile bathroom to set for 24 hours before carrying out the final step.

6. Grouting Joints

Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use a rubber grout float to install it. Remove the tile spacers and press the grout into the gaps.

Wipe away the excess grout immediately with a grout sponge and let the grout dry slightly before wiping off the haze that appears.


Give your newly grouted floor 72 hours before any heavy use and at least three weeks before using sealers or polishes.

Now you have and can use your new bathroom with ceramic tiles. Feel free to admire your hard work.