Tiles are important components of your bathroom. They accentuate plain, lifeless walls and turn them into magnificent works of art. They make floors less slippery and less cold for the bare feet. They make the room more appealing and comfortable for the users. However, you should know that bathroom tiles should never be neglected. Yes, they are durable and beautiful but without proper care and cleaning, they’ll sooner or later get infested with molds and mildew or worse, crack and break. Eyesores, indeed! If you are tired of looking at your ugly and dirty bathroom tiles, maybe it’s time for a remodel! Here’s an easy-to-follow guide you can use.
I. Tiles Removal
1. Start by using a grout saw to get rid of the grout that surrounds the damaged tiles. Don’t cut too deeply to avoid damaging the waterproofing membrane that’s found under the tiles.
2. To make the removal fast, create holes on the affected tiles. Use a power drill for this task.
3. By creating holes on the tiles, you’ll be able to break through them without any hassle. Use a chisel to scrape the tiles off. Again, do this carefully.
4. When you have uncovered a thinset mortar, you have properly removed the bathroom tiles. Get rid of any residue from the adhesive that was used on the installation of the old tiles. You can remove them with the help of a putty knife.
II. New Tiles Installation
1. Make sure that the installation area has been thoroughly cleaned. Guarantee that there are no more olds adhesives or residues in place.
2. Get your ceramic adhesive or tile cement. Apply the mixture on the installation area with the use of a trowel. You may also use a putty knife if the damaged area is not too big.
3. Put the tiles into place, setting them carefully one by one. The tiles should all be leveled and flat to the surface.
4. Let the new tiles sit for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the cement or adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
5. When the tiles are already dry and secured to the bathroom wall or floor, you can proceed with the application of grout. Carefully grout the new installation and make sure that its color matches or suits the new tiles.
6. After grouting, get a bucket with water and a sponge. Wet the sponge and wipe the tiles to remove the excess grout. Do this quickly because when the grout dries up, it will become harder for you to remove them.
7. Waterproof your tiles by caulking or applying a bathroom sealant. This will protect the walls and tiles from water that may try to get through.
We hope that you learned a lot from our bathroom tiles repair guide today. If you need help, just call licensed Lee’s Summit plumbers to renovate your bathroom. Plumbers 911 Missouri provides reliable plumbing services in Lee’s Summit MO including bathroom remodeling, plumbing appliance installation, faucet repair, water heater repair, boiler repair, HVAC services and many more! Call us at 816-326-8643 to schedule a service!
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