Tiling can be quite a costly exercise but with the Selleys White For Life range and our step by step guides, you can do it yourself for a result you will be proud of at a fraction of the cost.

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What You Will Need



Step 1: Add water to the bucket then slowly add the Selleys White for Life Powder Tile Adhesive powder while mixing with a paddle, ensuring there are no lumps (600mL to 2kg powder bag). Note that mixing with a paddle attached to a drill, makes mixing easier and faster. Allow mixture to stand for 5 minutes.

Step 2:  Spread the adhesive evenly onto surface using a notched trowel, working on about one square metre at a time.

Step 3: Place and fix each tile in position before the adhesive forms a surface skin. Adjust and bed the tile by sliding it roughly perpendicular to the notch pattern to ensure full coverage on the back of the tile.

Note: some larger or deeply keyed tiles may also require buttering of the adhesive onto the back of the tile to ensure full coverage. Use spacers to ensure even grout joints.

Step 4: Check that the tiles are level and use a rubber mallet to tap and level them lightly if required. 

Step 5: Remove excess adhesive from face of tiles and joints with a damp cloth or sponge, before adhesive sets (20 minutes).

Step 6: Once the tiles have been laid, they must not be disturbed and not be subjected to foot traffic for at least 24 hours.


Handy Tips

  • When ordering tiles, add an extra 10% for waste and cuts (15% if laying diagonally).
  • Pre-cut the tiles where required. Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the space to allow for even grout joints.
  • Always “dry lay” your tiles without adhesive prior to tiling to figure out your tile placement. It is the best way to avoid mistakes and ensure that you have the right amount of tiles or if any need cutting before permanently gluing your tiles.
  • If the mortar rises up between the tiles as you place them, the bed is too thick and you will need a smaller trowel.
  • When tiling a floor, it is recommended to start from a central point and working your way out to each corner, one at a time.
  • Do not use the spot fixing method.


White for Life Tile Adhesive is an easy to use, flexible, high grab wall and floor tile adhesive suitable for small tiling jobs and repairs. It is possible to grout & seal immediately after gluing tiles to walls/floors. It is part of the White for Life tiling system and is compatible with Selleys White for Life grout & sealant. Suitable for bathroom, shower (walls only), toilet, laundry & kitchen#.

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Keep your tiles looking like new with Selleys White For Life Tile and Grout Cleaner. This powerful cleaner removes dirt and stains from tiles and grout.

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