How to Install a Black Pebble Tile Shower Floor

The sleek, modern look of a black pebble tile shower floor can add sophistication and luxury to any bathroom. Not only does it offer a unique aesthetic appeal, but the pebble texture also provides a foot massage-like experience while you shower. Installing a black pebble tile shower floor may seem daunting, but with the right tools and a step-by-step guide, it can be accomplished easily. Follow these instructions to transform your shower space into a stunning oasis.

1. Preparation:

Before getting started, gather the necessary tools and materials. You will need black pebble tiles, thin-set mortar, a notched trowel, a rubber grout float, a wet saw, a margin trowel, spacers, a sponge, a bucket, grout, and a sealer. Begin by thoroughly cleaning and inspecting the shower floor. Ensure that the surface is dry, level, and free of any debris or existing tiles. If you are tiling over an existing floor, remove any loose tiles or grout.

Next, measure the shower floor area to determine the number of tiles needed. Consider purchasing extra tiles for cuts or replacements. If required, use the wet saw to trim the tiles to fit around the shower drain and edges. It is crucial to wear appropriate protective gear such as safety goggles and gloves when using the wet saw. Once you have the tiles prepared, lay them out in your desired pattern to confirm the layout.

2. Application:

Begin by applying a layer of thin-set mortar to the shower floor using a notched trowel. Work in small sections at a time to ensure the mortar doesn’t dry out. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread the mortar evenly, creating ridges. Lay the tiles onto the mortar, pressing them firmly. Ensure that you leave consistent gaps between each tile using spacers. This will allow for grout application later.

Continue applying thin-set mortar and laying tiles until the entire shower floor is covered. Use a margin trowel to press down on any tiles that are higher than others to ensure an even surface. Once the tiles are in place, allow the mortar to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually takes about 24 hours, but it’s essential to check the specific drying time.

3. Grouting and Sealing:

Once the mortar has cured, remove the spacers and use a rubber grout float to apply the grout. Spread the grout diagonally across the tiles, making sure it fills in all the gaps. Remove any excess grout from the tile surface using the edge of the float. After the grout has partially dried for about 15-20 minutes, use a damp sponge to gently wipe away any remaining grout haze. Rinse the sponge frequently to keep it clean. Allow the grout to fully cure based on the product instructions, usually around 48 hours.

Finally, after the grout has cured, seal the black pebble tile shower floor. Apply a suitable sealer following the manufacturer’s guidelines. The sealer will protect the tiles from moisture, stains, and other potential damage. Once the sealer has dried, you can use your newly installed black pebble tile shower floor and enjoy the beautiful transformation it has brought to your bathroom.