Give a new look to the walls and floor of your bathroom. Choose gresite in mesh or decorative meshes and avoid works to remove the tiling. They are very simple to place, you can put it on the old tiles and, in addition, it comes in different finishes and colors.
What do you need?
- Gresite in mesh
- Cement flexible glue for porcelain
- Paste together
- Bubble level
- Toothed tooth with max. 4 mm teeth
- Rubber Mast
- Drawer and pallet
- Rubber Trowel
- Bucket and sponge
- Brush or roller
Plan work and calculate material
To calculate how much product you should buy, measure all the walls you want to cover, high by width. You will get the square meters of surface. Each piece measures 33.3 x 33.3 cm and each box yields about 2 square meters. Divide the surface of your bathroom between 2 and you will get the number of boxes you need. Keep in mind that the waste of pieces is less than with conventional tiles and tiles because it is so easy to cut them that you will always easily get elements for any gap that you must cover however small.
Check the surface
Check the tiles on which you are going to place the tiles. If there are any detached or broken you must repair it sooner so that the surface that receives the new coating is firm.
1. Remove the flexible glue cement until homogenized
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply it to the wall, in areas of a square meter at most, with the toothed trowel. Work from the bottom up and from the left to the right.
2. Apply the cement on the back of the tile
Apply the same adhesive paste on the back of the gresite. Use a spatula about 5 or 6 cm wide to extend the product well. It has to be a very thin layer to not overgrow the one we applied with the notched trowel on the wall.
Use cardboard as a stand
Remember that the tiles are secured by a vinyl mesh that makes them flexible. To make it easier to apply the adhesive paste on the back and place them on the wall, improvise a tray-like holder with a piece of cardboard of the same size of the piece.
3. Place the gresite mesh and press lightly
You have to check the horizontality of the course, but also “no tummy”. Use the level of bubble and rectify the necessary before hitting with the rubber mallet to adhere well to the surface.
4. Locate the next piece and the crossbars
We place the next piece, placing 3 mm crossbars to respect the same width of joint between the gresites that form a complete mesh. Complete the row, repeating the process
It is very important to respect the expansion joint when laying tiles, as this will absorb the small differences in size that are produced by changes in temperature in rigid parts, preventing them from breaking or lifting. In the interior of the home never leave less than 2 mm and 5 mm outside.
5. Check whether the corner piece fits whole or should be trimmed
Take the measurements and trim with scissors. In the case of external angles, such as the angle forming the outside of a bath, it is not necessary to cut, you can bend the mesh in a corner.
6. Apply the paste to cover the joints
When you have completed all the walls it is time to apply the paste for joints. Use the drawer to put the product into powder and prepare it with the amount of water indicated by the manufacturer. Stir well until smooth.
7. Cover and cover well the holes with the paste
With the rubber trowel, apply the paste to cover all the holes well. Do it in wraparound passes in all directions. Joint paste is marketed in different colors; Choose the most suitable for your gresite.
8. Let dry the time indicated by the manufacturer
Allow the time indicated by the manufacturer to dry and wipe a damp sponge all over the wall to remove any dried dough remaining on the surface of the tile.
Covers the crossbars
Removing the crossbars is sometimes impossible but unnecessary work. You can leave them in place as they will be covered with the paste for joints. To make sure they do not look over time, when you put them, you spray them well in the cement tail.
Gresite with decorative effects, on the floor, claddings and bathrooms
It is easy to recreate different decorations on the walls of the bathroom simply by combining gresite of different colors. If you like them as a valance or as isolated colored dots, just cut the pieces with scissors and put them in the chosen place. If in addition to the walls you are going to install the gresite also in the floor, you must first put the line of tiles next to the walls and on them to support the first course of the wall (respecting the expansion joint). This will prevent water seepage. Continue with the walls and, finally, the rest of the floor. You have a wide range of colors and non-slip material for the floor. A very interesting solution aesthetically is to make a shower tray at ground level with gresite.
Keep in mind the humidity. The bathroom is a space in the house that retains a lot of moisture, especially if there are no windows. In order to avoid that the grout joints get rusty or deteriorate (it must be taken into account that the grout in the grout supposes many more joints than the normal tile) it is interesting to apply a waterproofing product.