How to tile a countertop – Step by step instructions
Materials & Tools Required
- Wet saw (along with diamond blade)
- Wax pencil knife Belt sander (sandpaper)
- Caulking gun Silicone caulk Trowel (flat)
- Trowel (notched for smearing mastic)
- Non-sanded grout sealer.
Steps to tile a countertop
With all these materials and by following the below instructions you can easily carry out the process of tiling a countertop yourself.
Step one: Remove the Sink
Switch off the water source lines to sink and detach the hoses and drain. If you’ve a garbage disposal, you’ll have to take away that as well (ensure to switch off the circuit breaker before detaching the disposal).
Step two: Prep and Clean the Countertop
Carefully clean the countertop for removing all dirt, oils and debris. If you’re tiling a laminate countertop, make use of the very coarse sandpaper or belt sander to scratch the surface of laminate.
Step three: Install the Sink Railing
Apply the glue mastic to the rear of the sink railing and install it in the front edging of the countertop.
Step four: Wait to dry
The next step for tiling a countertop of kitchen is to wait for this mastic to completely dry prior to proceed with tile installation.
Step five: Dry fix the Tiles
Place the tiles in the countertop at whichever plan you want before applying the adhesive.
Step six: Cut those Tiles
Use wet saw with the diamond blade for cutting the tiles along with the wax pencil outlines you made.
Step seven: Clean the surface
When the tiles had been cut and then dry-fit, laid them somewhere for time being and make the surface clean to remove any dirt that had been left in the dry-fitting procedure.
Step eight: Apply Adhesive and place the Tile
Working at small regions at a time, consistently apply the glue mastic using a serrated trowel and start placing the tiles in appropriate place.
Step nine: Apply the Grout
Take away the tile spacers in case you used them. Apply the grout using the cross pattern and just work one division at a time hence you do not get too far along of yourself.
Step ten: Re-Install Sink
Fit the sink again in its area and reconnect all the drainage pipes and water supply lines.
Step eleven: Seal the Plaster Lines
Most grout producers recommend you wait as a minimum three days for that grout to fully settle before applying the grout sealer. And this step completes the guide of how to tile a countertop.
Generally, tile countertops can be installed in bars, bathrooms, kitchens or other places somewhere a countertop is required. You don’t need to be an expert tile layer for tiling a countertop. It’s possible to get proficient results by following the above steps on how to tile on a countertop.