For some people, bathroom is a place where they can spend most of their relaxing time. When the bathroom has more cozy decoration, it will be more relaxing for anyone who uses it. Anyway, a tile shower can make the bathroom looks more beautifully decorated. But, before we started to understand the steps, here are several things that you must have, such as tile, grout, rubber float, Thinset Mortar, Notched trowel, tile spacers, seam sealer, sponge, plastic sheets, bathroom silicone caulk, cement backer board, cement board screws, jigsaw, staple gun, utility knife, snap cutter and fiberglass seam sealer for the backer board. After you had prepared all of those things, letâ€™s move to the steps how to tile a shower that you can do.
- Remove the shower stall down to the studs
This means if you have to remove everything except the floor pan. Anyway, you also may remove the shower pan and ceiling if you wanted to. You may use tile and grout, but they can allow water vapor to pass into the space behind, so itâ€™s better to use a vapor barrier. When you choose the vapor barrier, install the vapor barrier according to the manufacturer directions.
- Put the cement board backer
Install this cement backer board over 4 mil plastic stapled to the studs. Anyway, you have to read the installation guide carefully, because they will show you the detailed information.
- Mark the first course of tiles carefully
Use a level with a contractorâ€™s pencil to mark the location of your first course of tiles carefully. Â Try not to hit the bottom of the cement board, but make an overlap of about an inch.
- Apply the mortar to the bottom row area
Apply the thinset mortar to the bottom row area. After that, dampen the cement board with a sponge. Some people suggest to use the more expensive premixed mortar than the cheaper mortar that more difficult to use.
- Start to install the first row of tile
Trowel some thinset and spread it with a notched trowel. Firmly press it. Let the tile set up for about 24 hours or more. Donâ€™t be in such a hurry because the other tiles depend on this row.
- Install the upper rows
Make sure that they are spaced away on all four sides by using the tile spacers. When you have to cut some of the tile, you can cut the tile by your wet tile saw or snap cutter.
- Let the tile set for about 48 hours and grout it after
Use the rubber float to press grout into the open seams. For smoothing the grout into the tiles, use a wet sponge gently. Donâ€™t use too much power when you press it because if you do you will remove the grout between the tiles.
- Clear the grout haze and seal the seams
Do this carefully and make sure there are no seams left. If it happens, the water will pass through and destroy all of the work you have done.