Tiling a shower floor is easy and something that almost anyone can do, which is why it’s such a great weekend project. The great thing about this project, besides the fact that it is so easy, is that it is any DIYer’s dream, also because of the fact that it is a very quick job and that it is easy, but more importantly, it doesn’t cost much and it makes a huge difference in your bathroom, which is what home projects are all about.
Most people will use some form of mosaic tiles, which work much easier than normal tiles, because they have that mesh behind them that keep a block of the tiles in place with the correct spacing. In other words, spacing the tiles won’t be a problem and you will most likely not need spacers.
The first thing that you have to do is to apply the thinset mortar to the floor (taking into account that the old tiles have already been removed and everything is cleaned up neatly). This may sound like something that you could do with your eyes closed, and even though it is a very easy task, you should take some care in doing this. Remember that you need to spread the thinset mortar evenly. Also keep in mind that if it is a very small shower, beginning from the corner is not such a big problem, but if it is a large shower, you should get vertical and horizontal axes and start from the middle outwards. Also remember that there is a drain, so you will need to do some cutting work on the tiles. Apply the thinset mortar only to some of the floor so the rest doesn’t dry up as you work.
After you have applied some thinset mortar, you need to get your tiles and press them into the mortar. This helps the tiles to stick and sit correctly. If you are using mosaic tiles, be sure to not move one of the small tiles in a grid out of place, because that will look bad. Also, when you do this, remember that the spacing between one tile set and the next should be correct, so, if you are not good with the eye, it may be best to buy some spacers that provide the same amount of space as the tiles have between each other on the grids.
After you have put all of the tiles in place, you should let them sit for a while to set. If you start with the grouting process too quickly, you will end up moving the tiles around and struggling. The first thing that you have to do is to make sure that no thinset mortar set between the tile seams. Check your tiles and if you find any be sure to remove it with a screwdriver. After checking the seams, take a sponge and sponge down the tiles before anything else. After that, you can apply your grout with a float and make sure that it gets into the seams nicely. Give it about 30 min to dry, and wipe the tiles again with a damp sponge. Do so until the tiles are clean and leave the grout to set, and you’re all done.