How to Remove Tiles From Bathroom Walls

How to Remove Tiles From Bathroom Walls

Tiles have long been a popular choice for our bathroom walls and floors. Hardwearing, waterproof, and decorative, it’s easy to see why so many people choose tiling for their homes.

But if you want to remove tiles from your bathroom walls, the process isn’t straightforward. At best, it can be messy and expensive. At worst, one wrong move could damage the structural integrity of your walls.

Whether you’ve moved into a new home and want to put your own stamp on the place, or simply fancy a change from your existing tiles, read on to discover how to remove tiles from bathroom walls.

What you’ll need

  • A drill
  • Adhesive tape
  • Grout removal rake
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Brush
  • Protective goggles and overalls
  1. Drill into your tiles

When removing your bathroom wall tiles, the first step is to place a strip of adhesive tape across the centre of your tile. Ceramic tiles can be incredibly slippery, which makes it difficult to keep your drill in place as your start to work. The tape will create a more stable surface and help you identify the midpoint of your tile.

Once you’ve applied your tape, you can drill a small hole in the centre of your tile. Be careful – if you drill too deep, you could damage the wall underneath.

  1. Remove the grout

Next, use your grout removal rake to remove the grout on all four sides of your tile. As with the drilling, it’s possible to damage your wall if you’re not careful, so make sure you don’t dig your rake in too deep.

  1. Chip away the tile

Once you’ve removed all the grout, it’s time to chip the tile away from the wall. Using your hammer and chisel, start removing the tile, starting by cracking the hole that you made in the centre.

As the tile breaks up, you’re likely to get a lot of dust and ceramic shards. Make sure to wear protective clothing and, if necessary, lay a sheet on the floor to collect the debris and prevent your flooring from becoming scratched.

  1. Remove the adhesive

After the tile has gone, you’ll be left with the adhesive. This can be very tricky to remove. Use a scraper to chip away at the hardened adhesive, or use your hammer and chisel if it’s particularly tough (being careful not to scrape away the plaster of your wall).

When you’ve removed all of the adhesive, lightly brush the exposed wall to remove any dust or leftover crumbs of ceramic. Then, repeat the entire process until you’ve removed every tile in your bathroom.

Is there an easier way?

Want to say goodbye to your tiles without the mess? There is an alternative to learning how to remove tiles from bathroom walls – simply install our high-quality PVC wall panels on top!

Our range of bathroom panels has been designed for easy installation, all while providing the perfect finish you want. Best of all, the process of applying your panels on top of tiles is the same as adding them directly onto your wall, making it a quick and cost-effective way to freshen up your space.

A Guide to Preventing Mould on Your Bathroom Ceiling

A Guide to Preventing Mould on Your Bathroom Ceiling

Your bathroom should be a relaxing space in your home – a place to unwind and wash away the worries of the day. But if your bathroom ceiling has a mould problem, your room can quickly go from a haven to a potential health hazard.

Unfortunately, a damp bathroom provides the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow. Nothing will ruin a relaxing bath like seeing black spots on your ceiling! So, how can you prevent mould from growing and keep your bathroom clean and fresh?

In this blog post, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to keeping your bathroom mould-free.

Why does mould grow on my bathroom ceiling?

Your bathroom walls, floor, and ceiling can all become hotspots for mould. This is because mould likes to grow in damp, poorly ventilated conditions.

When steam rises from your bath, shower, or sink, it will be attracted to cold surfaces such as your ceiling. If there isn’t a sufficient airflow, this steam will become condensation that will eventually lead to a damp problem – enabling mould and mildew to thrive.

As well as looking unsightly, mould can potentially endanger your health. Inhaling mould can lead to allergies, asthma attacks, and even skin issues. That means it’s vital to sort the problem if you’re battling mould in your bathroom.

How to prevent mould from growing on your ceiling

The good news is that by making a couple of simple changes to your bathroom, you can prevent mould from growing on your ceiling.

  1. Ventilate the area

Good ventilation is the key to preventing mould. If there’s a window in your bathroom, make sure to open it after every bath and shower, as the increased airflow will help to clear steam before it hits your surfaces and turns into condensation.

If you don’t have a window, consider installing an extractor fan to ‘extract’ excess moisture from the air. By placing the extractor fan high up on your wall, or even on the ceiling itself, you can target the condensation that lands on your bathroom ceiling.

  1. Protect your bathroom ceiling

Sometimes, mould can seem inevitable even with adequate ventilation. For extra protection, we recommend that you cover your ceiling in a material that will prevent mould from building up (untreated plaster will absorb steam).

There are several possible options. Anti-mould paint is a popular choice in certain rooms of the house, but because it’s not usually waterproof, it might not be a suitable for your bathroom.

Ceiling panels, also known as ceiling cladding, are an excellent way to protect your home from mould and mildew. At Igloo Surfaces, our panels are made from high-quality PVC – a material that won’t absorb steam. Available in a range of chic finishes, ceiling panels will protect the ceiling beneath while adding a stylish finish to your home. We think that’s a win-win!

Prevent bathroom mould with PVC ceiling panels

Want to get rid of unsightly mould spots for good? With our range of 100% waterproof ceiling panels, it’s quick, cost-effective and easy. Browse our complete selection today to find the perfect solution for your bathroom.

 

 

 

How to Stop Condensation on Walls in Your Bathroom

How to Stop Condensation on Walls in Your Bathroom

Nobody wants condensation on walls in their bathroom. But for many people, it’s a frustrating reality. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to reduce its severity and protect your walls, as this post will explore…

Why is there condensation in my bathroom?

If you want to stop condensation on your bathroom walls, it’s best to understand why it’s there in the first place.

Condensation forms when moisture from humid air is drawn to cold surfaces within your home. Humidity (the level of moisture in the air) is increased by activities that release moisture, including showing, bathing and washing your hands in the bathroom – but also boiling a kettle, cooking and drying your washing, elsewhere in the home.

Those high humidity levels are particularly problematic when the moisture can’t escape through windows, doors and other forms of ventilation. That’s when condensation comes into play, with the moisture condensing from a gas into a liquid on the nearest cold surface – which in many cases is your bathroom walls.

How to stop condensation on bathroom walls

The best way to stop condensation on your bathroom walls is by ventilating the space, especially when moisture is being released when bathing or showering. Opening a window will let moisture escape, albeit at a cost to the temperature of the room.

Alternatively, extractor fans – as the name suggests – extract moisture from the air without the need to let cold air in. While opening doors is usually recommended for ventilation, leaving your bathroom door open will simply allow the humidity to spread through your home.

One final note is to keep the space well heated. Turning on your bathroom radiator or towel heater will prevent bathroom walls from becoming particularly cold and drawing that moisture out of the air.

Preventing further problems with condensation

If you’re struggling with condensation on bathroom walls, it only right to be concerned. Condensation can go beyond an eyesore if it’s left ignored. When moisture is constantly attracted to your walls, they will become damp which can lead to permanent stains or even mould. In turn, that will bring its own issues with respiratory problems, allergies and asthma.

If you’ve improved ventilation and your bathroom walls are still attracting condensation, PVC wall panels could be the best option. Because PVC is completely water resistant, it will stop condensation getting to your walls and minimise the chance of damp or mould forming.

Any condensation that does get on your PVC panels can simply be wiped down, and there will be no detriment to their appearance over time.

Protect your bathroom walls

PVC wall panels are a sure-fire way to end the cycle of decorating and redecorating when condensation damages your walls. At Igloo Surfaces, we offer a 10-20 year guarantee with all of our bathroom wall panels, so you can rest assured they will keep your bathroom walls looking great for years to come.

To find out more, simply contact our team online. Or see for yourself by ordering four samples for just £1.

 

How to Clean Bathroom Wall Tiles

How to Clean Bathroom Wall Tiles

Tiles are used in bathrooms up and down the UK to provide a water-resistant covering for walls. But over time, they can easily become dirty and discoloured, which calls for a good clean. After all, you don’t want the place you clean yourself to look or feel dirty!

Read on as we discuss why tiles get dirty, how to clean bathroom tiles and whether there’s an easier way.

Are tiles hygienic?

You might notice that tiles themselves don’t get particularly dirty. Their smooth, non-porous surface lets water run off – with most dirt going with it. However, to provide a fully sealed water-resistance surface, you need grouting in-between tiles.

This is where most hygiene problems occur. While tiles still require regular cleaning, grouting acts as a trench or gutter between tiles, where dirt and grime can easily build up. Over time, it can even lead to unsightly discolouration.

That’s why, when you’re considering how to clean bathroom tiles, you’ll need to be ready to tackle the grouting as well!

Cleaning bathroom wall tiles

Cleaning wall tiles in your bathroom can be broken down into two main steps – the tiles and the grouting.

Tackling the tiles

Firstly, to clean bathroom wall tiles, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and white vinegar (roughly half and half), then add a drop or two of washing up liquid. Spray your tiles with the solution then rub down with a sponge.

Rinse the wall tiles down with warm water then dry them with a cloth to avoid any streaks being left on the surface.

Going at the grouting

Now onto the grouting. For this job you’ll need a toothbrush, some baking soda and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. The latter can be found in most supermarkets, despite sounding like something from a high-school chemistry lesson.

Wet the baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl, then dip your toothbrush in the mixture. Next, scrub the grouting between tiles with the toothbrush to remove dirt, grime and discolouration.

Rinse the tiles as best you can to get the baking soda and dirt away, and your grouting should look a lot closer to its original white.

Is there an easier way?

While we’ve tried to provide the easiest way possible to clean bathroom wall tiles, scrubbing away at grouting can become tiring and burdensome when you have to do it on a regular basis.

Thankfully, there is an alternative to bathroom wall tiles that is much easier to clean. PVC wall panels have a larger surface and no grouting between panels, so they’re much easier to clean. Simply wipe down and rinse to keep panels looking at their best.

They’re available in a range of modern styles. Best of all, PVC panels can be installed over the top of tiles for complete convenience, avoiding the need for messy, time-consuming tile removal.

Upgrading to a low-maintenance bathroom

If you want to take the hassle out of cleaning your bathroom, bathroom wall panels are a stylish, long-lasting and cost-effective solution.

At Igloo Surfaces, our wall panels come with a guarantee of 10-20 years for extra peace of mind. You can even order 4 samples for just £1 to make sure you get the right look for your bathroom.

7 Benefits of PVC Ceiling Panels for Bathrooms

7 Benefits of PVC Ceiling Panels for Bathrooms

How do you cover the ceiling in your bathroom? That’s a question asked in homes up and down the country – many of whom are sick of repapering or adding yet another lick of paint.

Cue the entry of PVC ceiling panels for bathrooms. These revolutionary panels can change the way your bathroom looks, feels and functions. Read on as we take a closer look, with seven key benefits…

1. Water resistant

First things first, PVC ceiling panels are completely water resistant. That’s an absolute must on your bathroom ceiling, which is constantly exposed to moisture as steam rises from your shower or bath.

2. Low maintenance

While paint will flake and paper will peel, PVC ceiling panels for your bathroom will stay in place and continue looking sharp. That means there’s no need to constantly touch up or revamp your ceiling. Simply sit back in the bath and enjoy the view.

3. Modern

Let’s face it. Paint and wallpaper are dated. That’s especially true when they inevitably succumb to the moisture rising up in your bathroom. On the other hand, PVC bathroom ceiling panels provide a contemporary appearance that doesn’t fade over time. Choose from a selection of styles, from smooth high gloss to wood-effect ash and bring your bathroom right up to date.

4. Versatile

Another feature of modern bathrooms is modern lighting. Recessed LED lights are a sought-after feature for anyone who wants a contemporary, seamless look. Fortunately, PVC ceiling panels won’t cause an obstruction. Despite being robust and hard-wearing, PVC is impressively workable so modern recessed light fittings can be built in without any issues.

5. Easy to fit

Ever tried wallpapering or painting your ceiling? Take our word for it – it’s even harder in the bathroom. The high-moisture environment makes things difficult, while unmovable obstacles like the toilet, bath and shower add a further challenge.

In contrast, PVC ceiling panels are a breeze to install. Simply measure up, cut them to size, apply adhesive and away you go…

6. Long-lasting

When you install PVC ceiling panels in your bathroom, you can rest assured they’re there to stay. The hard-wearing PVC won’t weaken or fade over time, nor will it be affected by any knocks or bumps when cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. To put your mind at ease, our ceiling panels even come with a 10-20 year guarantee.

7. Cost-effective

To start with, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy PVC ceiling panels for bathrooms. But because they’re so durable, that cost will be spread over a longer lifespan. Rather than buying now and replacing in a couple of years, you’ll be investing in ceiling panels for over a decade, making the overall purchase even more cost-effective.

PVC ceiling panels for your bathroom

From the cost and longevity to their modern appearance, there are a number of benefits that set PVC panels apart from the alternatives. If you’re ready to make the switch, Igloo Surfaces is ready and waiting.

We stock a selection of high-quality PVC panels that are perfect for your bathroom ceiling. Choose from single panels or handy five-panel multipacks, then buy with confidence thanks to our 10-20 year guarantee.

4 Bathroom Colour Ideas for Small Bathrooms

4 Bathroom Colour Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in any home. But they’re also one of the most functional rooms, which is why their layout is often about fitting things in rather than making them spacious and inviting.

The result is that a lot of homes have small bathrooms, whether it’s the family bathroom or an ensuite that’s been squeezed in adjacent to the master bedroom. Fortunately, even the smallest bathrooms can look great with the right colours.

Read on as we look at four bathroom colour ideas for small bathrooms.

1. White

White is hailed as the best colour for small rooms because it naturally reflects light, making spaces look bigger. That might work in bedrooms or reception rooms, where other colours are used to add depth.

However, many bathrooms will already be dominated by fixtures that are white – your sink, toilet and bath. Having all white walls can make the space look bigger, but it might come at a cost to the overall look and feel of your bathroom.

That said, if your bathroom has plenty of other colours – from the floor, shower, shower curtain and towels – you can’t beat white walls for adding a spacious appearance.

2. Off white

If you want the light-reflection of white without the overwhelming all-white appearance, and off-white shade can work wonders in your small bathroom. Shades like seafoam, linen and cesco are light enough to create a spacious look but still have a tinge of colour to distinguish them from your porcelain features.

3. Blue

With all the warmth and steam from baths and showers, one of the main issues with small bathrooms is that they feel stuffy. A good way to counteract this is with a cool colour. Unlike warm shades such as red, orange and yellow, cool colours create a breezy look that’s ideal for small bathrooms.

A subtle pastel blue shade can keep things light and airy, while a more striking blue is perfect for a feature wall or shower panels.

4. Green

Green is another cold bathroom colour idea for small bathrooms, which can stop the space feeling stuffy and uncomfortable. Another benefit of green is that it creates a natural look, conjuring ideas of breezy spring days and leafy surroundings.

If you’re adding a feature wall, green and olive offer a classic, organic look, while striking lime provides something truly vibrant. For a base colour, a pastel green or subtle mint will give your small bathroom a good balance of colour and light.

Choosing the perfect colour for your small bathroom

While the colour ideas above provide a bit of insight and inspiration for your small bathroom, the most important advice is to choose a colour you love. Small or large, you’ll be using your bathroom every single day, so you’ll want it to be a space you’re happy in.

At Igloo Surfaces, you can choose from bathroom wall panels in a spectrum of stylish colours. With a 10-20 year guarantee on all panels, you can rest assured your bathroom will stand the test of time, whatever the colour.

 

7 Bathroom Feature Wall Ideas

7 Bathroom Feature Wall Ideas

Feature walls have become a design staple for rooms throughout homes over the past decade. It’s no surprise to see the trend making its way into the bathroom too. A bathroom feature wall adds a backdrop to those quick showers and long baths, as well as tying your design together with a unique focal point.

To give you a bit more inspiration, we’ve curated a list of seven bathroom feature wall ideas that will bring your space to life.

1. Wood-effect walls

When you’re lying back in your bath or enjoying the steam from the shower, it’s nice to close your eyes and imagine you’re in a luxury spa. With a wood-look feature wall, you won’t have to close your eyes.

Natural wood is used in spas and saunas across the world, but it can be difficult to maintain in your own bathroom – not to mention pretty costly. With PVC panels, you can create a wood-effect feature wall that’s practical and looks great. For something a little different, try the driftwood ash wall panel.

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2. Adding patterns

Some of the best bathroom feature wall ideas are those which add an interesting pattern to your design. While your favourite patterns might be overwhelming on all four walls, a feature wall allows you to get the balance just right in your bathroom.

Echo the refreshing just-showered look with a water droplets pattern, or just add some sparkle to one of your walls.

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3. Brick feature

Going back to the natural materials, brick is another sought-after look that adds character and depth to your space. But like wood, it’s not the most practical option for a room that’s wet and steamy by nature.

Thankfully, there are a selection of bathroom wall panels that offer the exposed brick look without the rough surface and porous mortar. Go for a classic red-brick appearance or opt for something a bit different with a lighter, more modern brick effect.

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4. A splash of colour

If you want a bathroom feature wall idea that makes you happy every time you step foot in your bathroom, why not go for a splash of your favourite colour? As with interesting patterns, vibrant colours can easily become overwhelming on all four walls – but not with a feature wall.

From striking lime and pink to classic shades like red and blue, using a solid colour on your feature wall is a great way to make your bathroom a bit more you.

Striking Lime Sink

5. A stone bathroom

From marble and graphite to concrete and granite, there are so many bathroom feature wall ideas when it comes to stone. It’s one of the most sought-after materials throughout the home, but is usually eye-wateringly expensive to purchase and install.

With a selection of stone-look panels to choose from, you can get the best of both worlds with a stylish appearance that doesn’t break the bank.

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6.   On-trend copper

Copper has taken over in the last few years, appearing everywhere from kitchen utensils to light fixtures. Now, you can even have it in your bathroom with a copper-effect wall panel. The metallic look will add warmth to your bathroom, without the cold surface you would normally get with a copper feature.

7.   A photo feature

If you want your space to really stand out, a vibrant image could be the perfect bathroom feature wall idea for you. Choose from a waterfall, beach or a stylish location like London or New York to transport yourself whenever you enter the bathroom.

Or add your own image with our innovative Arctic Infinity custom panels.

Arctic Infinity Range

Creating your bathroom feature wall

From copper, stone and wood to colours, patterns and images, Igloo Surfaces can turn your bathroom feature wall ideas into a reality. Our high-quality bathroom wall panels come in a variety of stunning designs, all with the same water-resistance, durability and easy installation.

Can You Put Bathroom Wall Panels over Tiles?

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Bathroom wall panels are a modern, durable and cost-effective alternative to tiled walls. However, removing tiles to replace them with wall panels can be messy, time consuming and expensive if you’re getting someone else to do it.

To make things easier, many customers ask ‘can you put bathroom wall panels over tiles’? Read on as we provide everything you need to know.

It’s a ‘yes’ from us

The good news is – yes, you can put bathroom wall panels over tiles. At Igloo Surfaces, our wall panels have been designed with convenience in mind, so they can be installed directly over existing tiles.

That saves you a lot of time removing the existing tiles or the cost of getting someone in to do it for you. It also allows you to sidestep the mess caused by removing tiles, and potential damage to your bathroom floor when all those tiles are coming off the wall. It will even save you a trip to the tip to get rid of all the waste too.

How to put bathroom wall panels over tiles

The process of putting bathroom wall panels over tiles is much the same as installing them onto a bare wall, as outlined in our 15-step guide.

However, to summarise, you simply need to add adhesive to the corner sections and fit them to the wall, measure up and cut the panels to size, apply adhesive to the tiled wall and corner trim, then place the panel on the wall and smooth out any air.

All that’s left after that is to add the side edge joint strips and top trims.

Should you put bathroom wall panels over tiles?

As explained above, putting wall panels over tiles is certainly an option for your bathroom. The final question to ask is whether you should do it. To make that decision easier, it’s worth considering the various benefits bathroom wall panels offer compared to tiles.

First and foremost, they provide a more modern look. Bathroom wall panels are available in a vast array of styles, giving you a lot more freedom when it comes to the design of your bathroom.

On top of that, they’re easier to clean. Once you have put bathroom wall panels over tiles, you’ll simply need to wipe them down to keep them hygienic and looking at their best.

Finally, they’re durable and long-lasting. Made from hard-wearing PVC, your bathroom wall panels will continue to work well and look great long into the future. For added assurance, we provide a 10-20 year guarantee with all our products.

Find your perfect bathroom wall panels

Ready to put bathroom wall panels over your tiles? Igloo Surfaces offers a selection of modern, hard-wearing products that allow you to do it with ease. Browse our full range of bathroom wall panels today to find the right style for your bathroom.

6 Bathroom Wall Covering Ideas

6 Bathroom Wall Covering Ideas

With so many bathrooms covered by tiles, it can be difficult to find the inspiration you need when you’re revamping your own walls. That’s why we’ve put together a list of bathroom wall covering ideas that can truly transform your space.

Read on for six bathroom wall covering ideas, from unique textures to immersive images.

Use a natural, textured  look

Natural textures can add another dimension to any bathroom. Here are three bathroom wall covering ideas that use natural textures without the cost.

1.    Stone

Natural stone is one of the most high-end looks for any bathroom. But it can come with an equally high-end price tag. Using PVC wall panels, you can add the chic appearance of stone without the eye-watering costs. Choose from a range of styles including black marble, polished stone or even understated grey concrete.

2.    Brick

Exposed brickwork has emerged as a long-standing trend over the last decade. Unfortunately, bricks and mortar aren’t the best at dealing with constant exposure to moisture. Using brick effect wall panels, you can combine the sought-after look with much-needed water-resistance.

3.    Wood effect

Wood can create the feel of a sauna or spa in your bathroom. However, much like brick, wood itself isn’t particularly conducive to the splashes and spills of a bathroom. Wood-effect panels allow you to get creative, without the same high-maintenance going forward.

Add a feature wall

Feature walls have become a design staple in recent years. Bathrooms are no exception, where an interesting design can create a backdrop for those relaxing soaks after a long week at work. While patterned wallpaper is obviously unsuitable for bathrooms, PVC wall panels allow you to add this focal point without compromising on function.

4.    Landscapes

Transport yourself to somewhere truly serene every time you head to the shower. A waterfall panel is the ultimate backdrop for calm, complementing the running water of your bath or shower.  Or maybe you’d prefer the warmth and relaxation of a Caribbean beach from a palm tree wall covering?

5.    Locations

If your favourite place in the world is a little more specific, why not add a location-based image to your bathroom walls? Make your bathroom quintessentially British with a Big Ben backdrop, or turn it into a bathroom that never sleeps with the Statue of Liberty front and centre.

6.   Keep it simple with a solid colour

While interesting textured effects and beautiful images are perfect for some, one of the best bathroom wall covering ideas is simply to add your favourite colour. This can be tricky with tiles, as the amount of grouting required can break up the colour too much.

However, with wall panels, you can choose from a spectrum of vibrant colours which will be displayed without the interruption of grouting. Go bold with red, green and blue or opt for something more subtle like fawn, pastel blue or soft grey.

Bring your bathroom wall covering ideas to life

Whatever your favourite bathroom wall covering idea, Igloo Surfaces can help you make it happen in your home. Our PVC bathroom wall panels are available in a range of styles, from solid colours and subtle patterns to bold images and natural effects.

All panels are easy to fit, 100% waterproof and impressively low maintenance, so you’ll never have to compromise on performance to get the look you want. If you have any further questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

What’s the Best Way to Cover Tiles?

What’s the Best Way to Cover Tiles?

Tiles have traditionally been the most popular way to keep your walls waterproof in the bathroom or kitchen. But they’re not for everybody, especially today when a lot of bathroom and kitchen tiles look dated.

The problem is that removing them can be costly, time consuming, messy and pretty stressful. So, what’s the alternative? In this post, we’ll discuss the various options for covering tiles and which of them comes out on top.

Stickers

Decorative stickers are probably the easiest way to cover tiles. However, they’re also the most temporary solution. Water-resistant stickers can be applied on top of old tiles in various sizes. However, as you might expect, they’re not going to stand the test of time and the finished look isn’t particularly attractive.

Tile paint

If you’re simply looking for a different colour, and don’t mind the appearance of tiling itself, tile paint could provide the solution. Available in a wide range of colours, it’s applied over tiles and grouting, drying quickly for a waterproof surface.

The main downside is that you get what you pay for. The end result simply looks like paint over tiles.

Microcement

Another way to cover tiles is using a decorative coating or ‘microcement’. Tiles will need to be sanded down with an oscillating grinder before a bonding bridge or primer is applied. Microcement can then be added to the walls for a smooth, uniform surface.

It’s worth noting that microcement requires a suitable varnish to protect it from moisture, which adds to the already arduous process of covering your tiles this way. By this point, it probably would have been easier to just remove the tiles from the wall!

Adhesive tiles

Often hailed as one of the best ways to cover tiles, adhesive tiles offer a quick and easy ‘peel and stick’ application. Working on ceramic and porcelain as well as a range of other surfaces, they allow you to cover your bathroom tiles with ease.

However, the surface created by adhesive tiles is never truly watertight. Tiles are simply stuck as close together as you can place them, meaning there’s always the chance that water can get through tiny gaps.

PVC panels

When you’re looking for the best way to cover tiles, it’s hard to see past PVC wall panels. Available for both bathrooms and kitchens, PVC panels eliminate all of the problems highlighted with the alternative methods.

They’re cost-effective and long-lasting with a 10-20 year guarantee. They’re easy to fit on top of existing tiles and completely water-resistant.

On top of everything else, they look great, providing a completely new surface on top of your tiles, with a vast array of style choices. Plain colours, subtle patterns and effects or bold images – the choice is yours.

Ready to cover your tiles?

At Igloo Surfaces, we believe PVC wall panels are the best way to cover tiles by some distance. If you want to see for yourself, you can order up to four product samples for just £1. You’ll be given a £5 discount code with your samples, to claim that cost back if you choose to make an order.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about our panels, feel free to get in touch on [email protected].