How to use tile spacers
When you install tile, it is worth remembering that the straight lines between tiles which make the job look professional are not guesswork. Tile spacers allow a handyman to lay tiles a certain distance from each other in order to create joints between the tiles which are uniform and give a great appearance. These come in different thicknesses depending upon the project chosen, and are simple to use. A little forethought and your tiling can look like it was laid by a professional. With a flat surface, great quality tile, and the use of tile spacers, the tiles will look much nicer than if laid without this valuable aid to professionalism.
Choose your spacer size.
It is best to choose the size of the spacer at the same time as buying the tile. Your dealer will be able to give recommendations of the size normally used for the size of tile chosen. Floor tile spacing is normally larger than wall tile spacing, and these vary considerable, so make sure you buy the right size. Mosaic tiling does not normally require spacers, although these may be helpful between sheets of mosaics to set the spacing in a uniform manner.
Laying the first spacers.
After your first tiles are put into position, put the tile spacers on the corner of the tiles and push the tiles together. The spacer will stop them going further together than you wish. These need to be placed on all four corners of tiles.
Laying of adjoining tiles.
Before laying adjoining tiles, make sure that existing ones have spacers. Place the tile against the spacer as you lay it. This helps uniform laying of the tile. The spacer should always be below the surface of the tile, so that it can be grouted in neatly at the end of the job.
Edges of floors.
When you come to an area where you do not need a full four sided spacer, trim the spacer with a Stanley knife of craft knife so that three prongs remain. Place with the flat end towards the edge of the floor.
Care needed on uneven floors.
There may be some areas, where the spacer slips underneath the tile. This needs to be brought to the surface and neatly laid again to ensure smooth lines.
When starting an upright area of tile, often the first row will slip if care is not taken. Cut the fourth prong of the spaces neatly in advance, so that the new tiling can lean on the spacer which is hidden just beneath the surface of the tile.
Getting rid of spacers which show.
If occasion arises where you use the end of the spacer for an upright space between a row of tiles, on difficult patches of wall, remove the protruding spacer when the adhesive has dried. Spacers can be used like this on uneven walls, using one end of the spacer rather than the whole spacer.