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How To Prepare Your Walls For Tiling

At first, preparing your walls for tiling can be quite challenging and complicated. However, it doesn't have to be that way. With the right knowledge, skills, and tools, such preparation can be straightforward and relatively easy.

In this article, we'll share with you a quick guide and several tips on how to prepare your walls for tiling.

Minor preparations before you tile a wall

Tiling a wall is difficult if you do it by yourself, which is why you should hire professional tiling services. Before doing so, however, there are a few minor preparations that you have to perform. First, check for signs of hangings, such as screws, nails, or other types of fittings. Second, make sure to remove loose plaster and old wallpapers. Third, look for signs of cracks, layer large cracks, and sand the wall for leveling. Fourth, make sure to vacuum clean and wipe the wall. Finally, you can now prime the surface of your wall.

Planning your wall-tile installation

Keep in mind that there are a few steps you need to take when it comes to planning for your wall-tile installation. For one, you need to conduct a precise measurement of your surface and count the number of tiles to use. While you're at it, be sure to add another extra ten percent for allowance and keep the spare tiles for future use.

Choosing the right adhesive

Using the right adhesive can make a difference in your installation. There is a wide range of adhesive types, but they can be sorted into three basic types. First is the ready-mix tile adhesive, which is mainly used for DIY projects. Second is the standard powdered used by professionals, which comes in the form of dust and requires water to mix. The last is the rapid set multi-flex, used primarily by professional tilers due to its fast results.

Preparing for tiling

Now, let's get into the actual preparation for tiling for different types of walls. Take note of the following tips:

Porcelain and ceramic tiles: You can tile over porcelain and ceramic tiles as long as they are solid and stable. For a more budget-friendly preparation, you can take down the old tiles and install new ones.

Drywall: You will need the fresh plaster material to set in and fasten for up to a month. Once all set, only then will it be ready for tiling.

Old plaster: It depends on the age and condition of your wall. For this reason, it's best to consult a professional before you start tiling your old plaster.

Painted or textured drywall: You can have them treated with two options: PVA or a thin layer of adhesive. If you opt for the latter option, make sure to add more water to dilute and use it to prime.

Plywood: Installing tiles on plywood is usually unfit. Know that you can only use plywood for tiling floors.


At this point, you now have a bigger idea of how to prepare for a wall and floor tile installation. Whether it's for your bathroom, kitchen, or other parts of your home or commercial sites, follow the preparation tips outlined above for a successful tiling project!

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