If the walls have been correctly repaired and replaced where required, you should have a smooth surface for tiling the splashback areas of your kitchen. It is important to do this to prevent water damaging the surface of the walls and it also makes cleaning much easier.
Splashback areas will have sockets and switches at regular intervals along them, so a good tile cutter is essential as many small cuts will be required.
- Working on a clean and dry surface works out the best placement of the tiles. Bear in mind that tiles which sit directly under the wall cabinets will hardly be seen, but the ones closest to the work surface will be more obvious.
- Make sure any cut tiles sit under the cabinets.
- Using a spirit level or laser level draw a line around the room in the position of the first row of tiles. Check that this works in regards to any windows, ledges or odd spaces. Tiles which are not straight will be immediately noticeable.
- This line should be level both to the work surface and the upper cabinets. If not then check the levels of these first. The cabinets may need further adjusting.
- Spread adhesive over a 1metre square area. The adhesive once spread should allow around 20 minutes of working time.
- The adhesive should be spread to a depth of 3mm and notched with a spreading tool.
- Press the tiles to the wall with a twisting action ensuring they have complete coverage with adhesive. Use spaces to ensure the joins are even.
- Wipe away any excess between the tiles and on the face of the tile.
- Work your way around the room cutting tiles as required for switches and corners.
- Wait for 24 hours before grouting
- Work the grout into the joints with a sponge or grout float. Allow the grout to dry for 15 mins before wiping away excess.