How to use levelling clips
One of the most common problems when laying tiles is ensuring your tiles always remain level. Help is at hand though in the form of levelling clips.
Designed for fast installation, levelling clips are made up of two elements, a clip and a wedge. Suitable for use on both floors and walls, they not only guarantee that your tiles will be smooth and level but also guard against being left with any lipping or exposed edges.
Levelling clips are perfect for aligning tiles up to 15mm thick, holding your tiles in place during installation to ensure even grout joints between your tiles. Plus, the holes in the base of the clip allow for the tile adhesive to pass through, ensuring no voids are left under the tile. As an added bonus, they come with a specially designed break off point on the clip for quick removal after use.
How to fit levelling clips
Using levelling clips in the home couldn’t be simpler. Once you’ve applied your adhesive and fitted your tile slide the required number of clips under the tile (approx. 50mm from the edge). If you require grout lines wider than 2mm, please use the clips in conjunction with wider tile spacers.
Then lay the next tile and place the clips under the tile as per above. Now slide the wedge into the clip ensuring a snug fit. Adjust the tile so the sides are correctly aligned and pushed tightly against the clips. Sometimes it’s useful to add the same size tile spacers into the corners of each tile as you go. Simply repeat this process until you’ve finished applying your tiles.
How to remove levelling clips
Once you’ve finished tiling leave your adhesive to fully dry. When ready, remove the wedge from the clip and kick off the side of the clip to snap them off. The clip is designed to snap off below the tile line. If you’re using levelling clips on a wall, use a rubber mallet to remove them so as not to mark or damage the tiles. And, remember to keep your wedges, as they can be used again on your next tiling project. All that’s left to do then is grout your tiles and then appreciate all your hard work.
Need more information?
Tile Warehouse has teamed up with hit YouTuber ‘Proper DIY’ to create this easy-to-follow video to show you exactly how to use levelling clips (as well as tile spacers) when tiling at home. To watch more videos like this, click here.
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