How to Replace Bathroom Tiling

22 Jun 2020

How to Replace Bathroom Tiling

Replacing your bathroom’s tiled floors is one of the best ways to revive your old bathroom and make it look more attractive.

Fortunately for DIYers, replacing bathroom tiling is a relatively simple job and doable for DIY renovations and home improvements.

All you need are the right tools and materials.

Here’s a simple guide for replacing bathroom floor tiling in your property.

What You’ll Need

  • Tile spacers 

  • Grout 

  • Mortar / tile glue / tile adhesive 

  • Trowel 

  • Sponge 



  1. Measure the area.

    First, measure the size of the floor you’re retiling. This will let you know how many new tiles and how much grout you’ll need.

  2. Remove existing fixtures.

    Remove any fixtures in the area you’re retiling. This may include the toilet, vanity, bathtub (if you’re replacing it) and baseboards. Removing these fixtures will prevent them from getting damaged while you’re retiling and also give you more room to work.

  3. Break and remove old tiles.

    Remove the old tiles by prying them out with a handheld scraper or breaking them apart (if they’re stuck on the ground). It helps to start removing old tiles in areas that have gaps (e.g. typically the toilet or vanity). Depending on the condition of the floor underneath, you may also have to remove the entire mortar bed. You can use a sledgehammer or floor stripper to remove these easily.

  4. Install new substrate (if needed).

    Prepare a cement board underlayment and substrate for your new tiles. Make sure these are sized to the area you’re retiling.

  5. Decide the tile layout.

    Determine the layout of your new tiles. Generally, you’ll want to arrange tiles in a way that uses as many whole tiles as possible.

  6. Cut tiles.

    Use an angle grinder or a tile saw to cut any tiles that need to be shaped to match your floor.

  7. Arrange tiles.

    Arrange all your new tiles on the floor and decide whether you’re satisfied with the layout. Remember to use tile spacers in between each tile to make sure they’re arranged evenly. Once you’ve decided on the arrangement or tile pattern, you can remove the tiles and set them aside.

  8. Apply thinset mortar/tile adhesive and install tiles.

    Apply a layer of thinset mortar/tile adhesive on top of the substrate and use a trowel to level it. Then place your new tiles over it. Again, remember to use tile spacers to keep the tiles aligned and hold them in place. We recommend doing this one small section at a time and working your way slowly throughout the rest of the floor to ensure a thorough and even application.

  9. Let the mortar dry.

    After installing your new tiles, give the mortar/tile adhesive at least 24 hours to dry.

  10. Apply grout.

    Once the mortar/tile adhesive has dried, remove the tile spacers and apply grout to fill out the spaces in between the tiles. After applying grout, wipe away any excess grout with a damp sponge. Make sure you remove as much excess grout as possible because any leftover grout could lead to “grout haze”. Although grout typically takes several weeks to cure, you can walk over it 24 hours after its application.

And that’s it! Congratulations, you’ve just retiled your bathroom floor.

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Contact us today to get all the essential equipment for retiling your bathroom. All Preparation Equipment stock a range of tools for bathroom retiling and renovations, including floor strippers, handheld grinders, grout and mixers.