A shower soap dish is a welcome addition to any shower. It is so convenient to have a place to set a bar of soap when showering that it is almost a need rather than a want to have a tile soap dish installed on the wall or corner in the shower.
This article teaches you how to install a tile soap dish on a flat wall or in the corner of an existing tile shower.
In this article, you will find information about:
There are three factors that you should consider when picking the best place in your shower to install your soap dish.
Removing the tiles to make room for the new soap dish.
If the shower wall behind the tile is drywall then you most likely damaged it when chipping out the tile. This damage can be repaired by installing a wood backing and screwing or gluing a new piece of cement backer board to the wood backers. This image shows a drywall repair but the same process can be used to install backer board and then install the tile over the repaired area.
Adhesives: There are several adhesives that can be used to attach the ceramic soap dish to the backer board. Mix up the adhesive and use a putty knife to spread it on the wall and on all the points that will touch the wall. Only use enough so that it slightly squeezes out when you press the soap dish into its new home.
Level The Soap Dish: use a small level to make sure the soap dish has a slight slope off the front side. You want it steep enough to drain water but not so steep that the slipery soap slides off the soap dish. Most soap dishes come with a pre-slope built in.
Tape The Soap Dish To The Wall: After installing the soap dish you will need to hold it in place for a day or more until the adhesive dries. Use masking tape to tape the ceramic soap dish to the wall. Sometimes when taping a tile piece in place it is inadvertantly moved so be careful that the soap dish still has the proper slope and that the grout joints are correct before leaving it alone.
There is almost always a bare spot around the new soap dish that will need to be repaired. If you need more information than give here you should read the article How To Set Wall Tile.
You will need both caulk and grout to finish installing the soap dish. You should grout first and then come back the next day and install the caulking as described below.
Grout: Use grout on the tile joints where you installed the new tile around the ceramic soap dish. Do not install grout in the 90 degree or angled tile joints.
Caulk: Use caulk on all the 90 degree tile joints. Tile grout manufactures make caulk colors to match all their grout colors. You will need to caulk the angled joints around the soap dish. Grout easily cracks in 90 degree corners because the two surfaces move differently and grout is very rigid. Caulk can flex with the soap dish and the wall so be sure to use caulk around the soap dish.
Let the adhesives, grout and caulking dry for a few days and then use your new soap dish.
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