Tiling a worktop

The tiles of worktops are rather rare in our latitudes. That is precisely why it is a real alternative to natural stone or plastic worktops, which is also cheaper. Here you will learn everything about the topic "worktop tiles" and an accompanying instructions for tiling worktops there are also.

Tiling worktops and washbasins is not common here

Tiled worktops in the kitchen or even tiled washbasins are more of an exception for us. However, it is widespread in many Mediterranean countries and the United States. From there these ideas come slowly to us. The biggest problem is the one-time advantage: a tiled worktop is exceptional. They thus have a product that stands out from the crowd. But that's where the problems begin. In order to professionally tile a countertop or washbasin, you need special molded parts and edgebanding. However, there are many tile manufacturers who have ceramic parts on offer.

Differences between the tiling of worktops and washbasins

The worktop is usually a pressboard, ie wood in the broadest sense. This also brings the properties of wood to bear, so the absorption of moisture, elasticity of the plate and any twists. On the other hand, washbasins are either made of stone or cast of cement. So you can tile washbasins like traditional floors or walls. With the worktops you need a special glue. Below you will find instructions for the worktop and washbasin tiles in both versions.

Step by step Tiling countertops and washbasins

  • Tiles
  • Primer (countertop)
  • Tile adhesive (washbasin)
  • Mounting adhesive (worktop)
  • Jointing compound
  • Joint crosses and spacer wedges
  • Jointing silicone
  • Drilling machine with whisk
  • Tile cutter
  • Orbital sander or sanding block
  • Brush or puff
  • Tooth trowel
  • Tile cutter
  • Rubber hammer
  • Fug board with hard rubber
  • Tile sponge or sponge board
  • Rubber gloves
  • Trowel for removal
  • Silicone syringe

1. Preparation

a) Tile washbasin
The cement or stone washbasin requires no special preparation, but the surfaces to be tiled should be thoroughly cleaned in advance ,

b) Tiling the worktop
Pre-sand the worktop with sandpaper. Then apply the primer according to the manufacturer's instructions. It will also tell you how long you need to put in the primer and let it dry.

2. Laying tiles on worktop or washbasin

You can not always lay entire tiles. However, in addition to edgebanding, there are also molded parts which rest on the worktop over the corner and at the same time cover the front side. These dimensions must be considered when calculating the tiles when using such parts.

Outside you should start with whole tiles if possible. However, if that is not possible or if you like a symmetrical tile picture better, you need to calculate the center. Depending on how the last tile row would look in dimensions, start with two tiles to the left and right of the middle or lay a tile in the middle (halfway to both sides).

They apply the mounting adhesive to countertops and the tile adhesive to the tooth trowels on washbasins, forming webs. Now push the tiles into the glue. You may need to balance with the rubber mallet. Press the tiles with feeling into the glue and not to the bottom of the plate.

To ensure the correct gap between joints, use joint crosses of the appropriate dimensions. To the wall, around washbasins and fittings take into account the expansion joint, which you define with the spacer wedges.

3. Grouting worktop or washbasin

Now you can mix the grout and distribute it with the grout board. After the grout is still damp, but slightly firm, slightly sponge the joints with a sponge board or a tile sponge. Use rubber gloves because many people can not tolerate the grout on the skin. Finally, grout the expansion joints with silicone.

Tips & TricksWhen you use rounded or oval sinks, you will not get far with a traditional tile cutter. Only with a tiler you can mill perfect curves.

The sinks are installed normally after tiling. You cut the tiles so that the sink can rest on it. If the basins are already installed, the milling edge must be extremely clean.

Do not forget the cut-outs for the hob as you need it. You should therefore buy the hob before the tiles. The hobs are then usually a template attached, with which you can cut out the work surface. The tiles are then laid flush with this saw edge.

Assembly adhesives can take up to a week to complete curing. Please take this into account if you want to start regular kitchen work immediately.

The joints on countertops are extremely dirty. Some grout manufacturers therefore offer easy-to-clean grout for the worktop.

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