How to Tile a Splashback

DIY enthusiasts who want to tile a splashback will be glad to know that doing so is far easier than tiling a larger area and is a fairly quick task to master. Whether you're working on kitchen or bathroom splashback, with some simple tips you can create a tiled area that is both functional and stylish.

What you will need:

  •        Your choice of wall tiles
  •        Tile cutter
  •        Tile spacers
  •        Waterproof adhesive
  •        Grout
  •        Grout spreader
  •        Sealant
  •        Spirit level
  •        Tape measure
  •        Timber batten (50 x 25 mm approx)
  •        Masonry nails and hammer
  •        Pencil
  •        Sponge and dry cloth
  •        Tile trim

Preparation

To work out the layout of your tiles, use a timber batten as a tile gauge and, starting from the bottom of the area to be tiled, move it up the wall one tile width at a time. Use a spirit level to ensure the batten is perfectly level and mark the horizontal rows with a pencil.

Next, fix the batten along the first pencil line using masonry nails and a hammer so you can position the tiles against it, doing the same for the vertical rows.

Step-by-step guide

1)   Apply adhesive to the wall, spreading it over about half a square metre and starting in a corner.

2)   Begin tiling. Position the tiles onto the adhesive one tile at a time, applying enough pressure until the adhesive squeezes out around the edges of each one. Use spacers at each corner of the tile to ensure the correct distance between each tile and remove any excess adhesive with a damp sponge before it sets. Leave the area to dry.

3)   When you have completed the first half a square metre of wall, move on to the next half a square metre, repeating steps one and two.

4)   For the edges of your splashback, cut the remaining tiles with a tile cutter to fit. For ease, make sure you remove the battens before doing this. Use a tile trim to cover any exposed cut edges - not only does this help to avoid injury, it looks better too!

5)   When your splashback is completely tiled and dried, you will need to apply the grout using a spreader, pushing the grout into the spaces between each tile. Be sure to remove any excess grout with a damp sponge and leave the grout to harden.

6)   When the grout has dried, you can then use a dry cloth to buff your splashback up, removing any excess debris.

7)   The last stage of the process is sealing with flexible kitchen and bathroom sealant between the bottom edge of the tiled wall and the joining horizontal surface.

To keep your splashback looking its best, give it a regular clean with a wet sponge and polish with a dry cloth. For tougher stains, invest in cleaning products that will lift grime and mildew - just make sure the solutions you use don't damage the tiles and spoil your efforts