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10 Top Tips to Prepare Your Walls for Tiling

So, you have decided you need to replace the tiles in your bathroom, kitchen or wet room, you may be doing this yourself or you may be getting in a tiler. Either way, you will need to prepare your walls for tiling, to make the job a little easier and the tiler will be your best friend.

Wall preparation is crucial.

Here are the 10 top tips to make your job a bit easier- you could use these tips as a checklist.

  1. Before to start preparing the walls, Cover the room and furniture with dust sheets, this will help protect the floor and furniture from plaster, paint, debris, dust and wall filler.
  2. Ensure that the room is well ventilated, open windows and doors.
  3. Wear protective googles as you don’t want particles or debris going into your eyes and wear gloves to protect your hands as some of the wall filler products can be irritant if you get it on your skin.
  4. If you are tearing up walls, please turn off the water supply and the electricity mains, the last thing you want is an electric shock whilst standing in a shower cubicle.
  5. Check the walls are level, have a look for any wall fittings, remove all wall hanging hooks, picture hooks, screws, nails from walls, remember to run your hands across the wall, as some may be screwed in tight and you may not see them.
  6. When removed, fill the holes in with a good wall filler, let it dry and then sand over with some sandpaper to make sure the area is smooth and not uneven.
  7. Get rid of loose plaster, tear down and remove old wall papers, to get rid of old wallpaper, use a very wet sponge and a putty knife. Wet the wall paper and push the edges up with a putty knife, keep going until you have a leverage edge and then lift the edge and pull up, the paper will come off it strips, keep making the wallpaper wet and using the putty knife until all the paper has gone.
  8. Keep walls free of moisture, dust and grease, this will ensure the adhesive will stick properly and last in the long run, depending on what product you decide to use. Use an old towel to wipe the walls after wallpaper stripping.
  9. Look out for signs of damage and cracks, fill the larger cracks via layering, layering is applying one layer of wall filler and let it dry before you apply the next coat.
  10. Vacuum clean and wipe the walls. Prime the surface prior to tiling.

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