Shower Tiling

Have you ever considered how many hours you spend each week in your shower? How many hours do other people in the family spend in the shower each week? The shower is a very used place in the home and is of great importance. Shower tiling can make all the difference in your showering experience. Considering how many hours a week are spent just in a shower, it is important to consider shower tiling for this area of your home.

Preparing Tiling Surface

Ideally the best surface to place tile is a cement backer. These are as easy to install in your shower area as traditional sheetrock. The expense of cement backer is not significantly higher than other sheetrock material. Shower tiles that are placed on top of traditional sheetrock or even plywood can create shower problems in the future.

The lifetime of the tiling project will be significantly decreased and there will be a problem of mold and mildew build-up in the shower on a continuous basis. The additional expense is well worth the investment to make certain that you can enjoy the beauty of your project for many years to come.

Selecting the Tile

It is important that you use tile in your shower that is specifically made for walls. There are floor tiles that are gorgeous but are not specifically for walls. The price for floor tiles versus wall tiles should be comparable to one another. Draw your tile design on a piece of paper and count approximately how many rows there will be on the shower.

This will give you a pattern to follow when you are designing the tiles in the shower. For example, in the middle row you can place a decorative tile row to compliment solid tiles in the remainder part of the shower.

Apply Thin Set to the First Row

You will start your tiling project from the bottom row to the top row. Use a clean sponge and moisten the cement backer. This will prevent the thin set mortar from drying to quickly. Apply a thin layer of thin set on the first row. Place a thin layer of the thin set on the back of the tile.

Place the tile on the wall with a slight twisting motion. Set the spacer and place the next tile in the row. Repeat the process until the entire row is set with spacers. Allow to dry for a minimum of twenty-four hours before you continue with the rest of the shower tiling.

Complete the Shower Tiling

Once the bottom or first row has set for a minimum of twenty-four hours you can finish tiling the remainder of the shower. Use the drawing that you made of how you want the tile pattern to be in your shower to complete the tiling.

Don’t forget to moisten the cement backing for each row or it will absorb the moisture from the thin set and the tile will not be as sturdy or last as long. Don’t forget to use your spacers between each tile. Once the entire shower is tiled, allow it to set for a minimum of forty-eight hours.

Grouting the Tile

Once the tile has set for forty-eight hours mix the grout and apply, follow the instructions on the grouting bag. It is best to use a sponge to make certain grout is in between all of the tiles. After approximately an hour, you can wipe off excess grout and clean grout film from the tiles.

Allow the grouting to cure for a minimum of forty-eight hours. Clean the tiles thoroughly to make sure that there is no grout film on the tiles. Rinse the shower lightly and towel dry. Allow the shower to dry for another twenty-four hours.


The last step of the shower tiling project is to seal the tile. Sealing the tile will reduce the amount of soap scum build-up and potential mold and mildew growth in the shower with daily use. Follow the directions on the sealant when applying to the tile. Test a small area if the tile is dark to make sure that the sealant does not react to the coloring in the tile. If the sealant does react you can try a different brand or forgo sealing the tile.