A Step-by-Step Guide to Tiling Stairs
Tiling stairs is one of the most challenging DIY projects to undertake, but with the right tools and supplies, it can be done. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step overview of how to tiles on stairs the right way so that your staircase looks beautiful and professional. Let’s get started!
1. Measure and Prepare Your Stairs
Before you begin tiling stairs, it’s important to take precise measurements of them so you can cut your tiles properly. Also, make sure there aren’t any nails sticking out that could snag your tiles as you lay them down. If there are, pound them in using a hammer and chisel.
2. Install Subflooring
After all, the nails have been pounded in, install a subflooring on the front edge of each stair tile tread up to the riser (the vertical part between each step). This will help prevent movement when your tiles are installed and give your stairs extra strength overall. Depending on what material your stairs are made from, you can use plywood or cement backer board for this step.
3. Lay Down The Tiles
Once you have prepped the stairs for tiling, you’re ready to start laying down the doorstep tiles. Start at the bottom of the staircase and work your way up, making sure to leave space between each tile for grout lines (usually about a quarter inch). As you lay down each tile on stairs, be sure to press them into place firmly so they adhere properly with no gaps or air bubbles underneath them.
4. Apply Grout
Once all of your tiles have been laid down, it’s time to apply grout between each one in order to further secure them in place and fill in any gaps that may exist between them. Use a rubber grout float dipped into a bucket of pre-mixed grout and run it along each joint line while also pushing it deep into any crevices that may exist within the tile pattern itself. Allow the grout enough time to dry before moving on to the next step (usually takes 24 hours).