Tools Needed For Properly Installing Tiles

When you’re installing tile you’ll need many other tools besides just something to cut the tile with. There are several steps that you’ll need to go through from start to finish and having the correct tools can make the job so much easier and quicker.

To correctly spread and notch the adhesive you should use a notched trowel. The trowel that you use should depend on the type of adhesive that you use. The trowels will have different shaped and sized notches and you will need one that is designed for the adhesive you’re using.

You’ll also want to have a rubber mallet handy. While you might be able to press the tiles into the adhesive by hand, using a mallot will make sure that they’re correctly embedded into the adhesive. If they’re not down in the adhesive, they may not stay in place very long.

If you don’t have a rubber mallet and just don’t want to go buy one, you can try wrapping a soft, thick piece of material around the head of a hammer. But, I highly recommend a rubber mallot, you’re a lot less likely to damage the tiles. They’re usually pretty cheap and are a lot cheaper than having to go buy more tiles because you cracked them.

A bedding block is a really handy tool when installing ceramic tile, but you can easily make one yourself. A bedding block is a simple tool that is made from a wooden block that is covered with soft material. You can use an ordinary piece of scrap wood and cover it with a piece of carpet remnant.

A bedding block is used in the same way that a mallot is, but you slide the block over the tiles as you tap it. This is a great way to get the tiles into the adhesive and keep them even. The carpet or thick material secured to the wooden block will protect the tiles from damage.

Another thing that you may or may not need is spacers. I say “may not need” because some tiles actually have spacers built into them. But, if  your tiles don’t have them, then you’ll need to purchase some. Spacers are shaped like a “X” and are used to keep the tiles separated equally.

You place a spacer every where that you have four corners of the tiles meeting. Spacers make sure that all of your tiles are the same width apart so that when you apply the grout you have a nice even seam. They come in different types, some you have to remove once the grout is applied and some you just apply the grout right over them and cover them up.

Once you get all of your tiles installed you’ll want to make sure that you seal them thoroughly. The best and easiest way to apply the sealant is to use a foam rubber paint roller. It will help you get a nice smooth and even coat of sealant on all of the tiles you’ve installed.

A squeegee is a handy little tool to push the grout over the tiles and into the seams. You can use any size, just purchase one that is suitable for the size of the job your doing. Make sure that you find out what type of grout your tiles need. Some grout will actually stain your tiles if you get it on the surface.

A grout bag is similar to the type of bag that you fill with icing to decorate a cake. You just gently squeeze the grout out of a tube and into the joints. It may be a little tricky to get the correct pressure to squeeze the right amount of grout out of the bag, so be careful. You might even want to practice a little on a piece of cardboard or something.

To get a clean, uniform look on your tile grout, use a striking tool. This is a simple tool that you just run over the grout to give it a concave look. You can make one yourself and for small projects you can even use your finger if you’d prefer.