Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Under the Bathtub

In yesterday’s article we began the preparation of the floor within the bathroom we were going to apply floor tile.Once the carpet, under-padding and baseboard molding were removed, Bennett started to work on the flooring by the bathtub.

Why?

Well, here is a picture of the bathtub just after the carpet was removed. What you should notice are two things.

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First, the bathtub has a skirt along its length (removed in the above picture; however you can still see the wooden support frame). This skirt (and its wooden support frame) we removed temporarily during this home renovation project.

Again, why?

If you look closely at the bottom of the bathtub skirt, you should see a single row of tiles. When we had the bathtub installed, the contractor suggested that we place this row of tiles.

To remove the tiles, we first needed to remove the bathtub skirt.

I did consider leaving the row of tiles because it was the same tile as what is on the walls against which the bathtub rests. I was thinking that it might be visually pleasing to have a border of tiles different from the SnapStone tiles which we were going to install on the bathroom floor.

However, in the end, it was decided to have the single row of tiles removed and replaced with the SnapStone tiles the rest of the floor was going to receive.

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Now, removing this tile needed to include removing the narrow cement board and the thin-set which was both between the tile and cement board as well as between the cement board and particle board.

The one aspect of the SnapStone porcelain floor tile is that it does not use any thin-set between it and the floor to hold the tiles in place. Therefore, you need to be sure to remove all of the thin-set in our situation so all that is left is a smooth underfloor upon which the SnapStone porcelain floor tile, or perhaps something else, can lie totally flat.

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Once this was done, then Bennett proceeded to deal with the toilet and the tiles underneath it.

Select this link to continue with our bathroom floor tiling project and see Bennett’s approach to dealing with the flooring around the toilet.

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