1st Step:                

Wall preparation – As with the subfloor, it is very important that the walls meet the following requirements:

·        Clean
·        Dry
·        Plumb and even

2nd Step:              

Wall Layout – Using a level, the installer will draw horizontal and vertical lines in the center of each wall as a starting point. The entire room is planned so the horizontal line runs continuous on each wall. The installer lays out a loose row (without adhesive) of tile and adjusts the starting lines so that he has equal size cuts on both sides of the wall.

3rd Step:                 

Preparing the tiles – As with floor tiles, the installer will mix the tiles from several cartons to limit any possibility of shade variations.

4th Step:               

Spreading the thin-set – The tin set is applied using a notched trowel. The installer will do a small area at a time so that he can adjust the tiles while the adhesive is still wet.

5th Step:   

Laying the tile – Each tile is set using a slight twisting motion while pressing firmly into place. The tiles are then aligned so that all grout joints are straight. Since few corners are perfectly plumb, the installer will mark and cut the tie at the end of each row to fit the corner. The installer will clean any excess adhesive off the face of the tile before spreading the next section of the wall.

6th Step:                 

Grouting – After waiting about 24 hours the installer will apply the grout using a rubber trowel or squeegee. After 10 minutes the surface is cleaned.