In this brief article, you'll learn how to perfectly tile subway tile shower floor to absolute perfection. I'm about to share with you some important tips which will save you valuable time, make the task go much smoother and get you more excellent results. By the time you've finished reading this guide, you'll know how to tile subway tile shower floors like a pro.
The first important tip when setting up subway tiles is to apply a very thin, even coat of grout. What you want to do is build up a very thin layer against the walls. You don't want any extra grouting showing on the walls. The goal here is to give the walls of your shower a smooth and flat appearance so there is no noticeable difference between the walls of your shower and the rest of the walls in your home.
You should be looking at a very light layer of grout. Most likely, you are not looking for an elaborate and thick black line. Anything darker would look too dark and garish. Your goal should be a subtle and elegant white subway tiles with a light silver or gold underline.
Another important tip for properly setting up a subway tile shower is to ensure that the grout joints are even and strong. Check out some of the previous pictures I've included in this article. Notice how each sponge had varying amounts of spongy spots and uneven joint areas? Now notice how the spongy areas are nearly even on all the tiles? This is the basic way in which you want your grouting to look.
If you have uneven grouted walls and joints, it is going to take a lot more attention and time than what it would take if everything was even. To remedy the situation, apply a very light layer of porcelain enamel over the entire surface of your wall and the areas immediately under your sink. Be sure that you choose a quality product that will stand up to the weight of the entire countertop and not break down quickly. When you're finished applying the enamel coating, wait about 48 hours before using the sponge. This will give the enamel a chance to fully dry and harden.
One final tip for installing a subway tile shower is to make sure the patterns you select are herringbone patterns. A herringbone pattern is when a border is created on one side of the tile and then herringbone patterns radiate out from that border. The best type of herringbone pattern will be a diamond shaped border running along the entire top of your tile. If you're building a mosaic tile shower, then it's important to make sure your patterns don't run onto each other. If they do, then you will end up with a bumpy floor. Hanging a shower curtain will solve this problem.
Another tip to use when installing a subway tile shower is to use sealant along the bottom and top of your floor. The sealant will help prevent moisture from seeping into the joints making them more prone to wearing out. Be sure to read the directions that come with your grouts before you seal the grouts. Different types of grouts will require different types of sealants. Just be sure the one you chose will allow you to keep your floor waterproof.
Installing a subway tile shower in your bathroom is going to add value to your home. Not only will it add value, but it will also help to improve the overall look of your bathroom. It doesn't matter if you choose brown tile tiles or white tiles, the look and feel of your bathroom will be enhanced when you install these floor tiles. These type of floor tiles are not only waterproof, but they are also very durable.