Bathroom Floor Tile Installation

Wednesday February 18, 2009
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Installing floor tiles in a bathroom can be a bit tricky. There's nothing more difficult than installing around bathtubs, toilets and cabinetry. In addition, the compactness of most bathrooms only makes the tile installation process that much more problematic.

Ceramic tile is a great water-resistant floor surface for a bathroomBefore you can begin to lay down floor tiles, you may need to first remove the toilet (and possibly bathtub). When doing so, make sure you follow instructions from the manufacturer where you purchased the bathroom floor tiles. Note that the removal of toilets requires both expertise and strength.

Sometimes the best way to learn how to install bathroom floor tiles is by watching it first performed by a flooring professional. You can find videos on everything related to tile flooring on,'s latest Internet addition. Videos on tile floor installation, tile floor cleaning and tile repairs can all be found on FloorTube.

Not all tile floor types are suitable for bathroom installation. Porcelain tiles have higher resistance to water than other tiles types and are recommended for installation in bathrooms. Most bathroom floor tiles can be extremely slippery when wet; prevent slips and falls by placing mats in front of the bathtub and sink area.

Bathroom floor tiles can be easily installed over a concrete subfloor. If you have existing flooring in the bathroom area, it may need to be removed before the tile installation can begin. Vinyl flooring should be left in place, especially if it was installed in the 1980's. During this period, vinyl floors were often made with asbestos. Removal of old vinyl flooring could result in the emission of asbestos directly into your household air.

Tile floor trims and transitions are usually a must for bathroom installation. Tile flooring transitions helps when transitioning from tile floors to another floor type (e.g. carpet; laminate). Trims can help disguise gapping between tiles and walls, and tiles and bathroom fixtures.

You can find all of the tools you need for bathroom floor tile installation at your local hardwood store. Tile floor tools you'll need:

  • Scouring pad
  • Grout
  • Silicone caulk
  • Drywall saw
  • Kneepads
  • Tile cutters
  • Tile spacers
  • Margin trowel
  • Grout float
  • Notched trowels
  • Transition threshold
  • Sanded chalk

For more comprehensive instructions on bathroom floor tile installation, go to our How-to-Install Tile Flooring section on


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First time tile Installer-I got it right
I installed tile in my bathroom as a do it yourself project and you're right. it isnt easy but I managed to not mess it up. With a good tile installation manual and good materials like the ones above it can be done. I think being patient especially if this is your first time installing tile floor in either your kitchen, bathroom, dining room, where ever-patience is the key.
April 14 2009
Tile Bathrooms
I suggest to anyone installing tiles in your bathroom to not mess with it unless you're a professional tile installer. I never even attempted to tile my own floors, just had a pro come in and do it for me. Now, he did put the tile over the original vinyl I had in the bathroom and was always curious why? I got my questions answered. Thanks for the article. helpful and a good warning to those who think that installing tile is an easy job!!! =)
April 7 2009
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