What You Need To Know When Installing A Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Mosaic tiles are popular choices for rooms that are exposed to high humidity levels such as the kitchen, bathroom, and the pool. Shell mosaic tiles combine both a classic beauty and versatility making them the perfect choice for bathroom and kitchen mosaic backsplashes. At one time, using mosaic tiles for a backsplash was difficult because you had to lay each individual tile one by one. But today, mosaic tiles are available in sheets, making it much easier to install them as a backsplash. Here are a few tips to help you when installing a mosaic backsplash:
Decide Which Area You Will Use Mosaic In
Are you planning on using mosaic tiles for your entire kitchen or bathroom backsplash? Will it be on just one wall as a statement wall? Or will you use it on only one area of your backsplash as a decorative statement piece. It is important to know exactly how much of an area you want to cover with your mosaic backsplash before choosing your mosaic tile. If you will only be placing your mosaic tile on a part of your backsplash as a decorative piece, you will need to also need to take into consideration the tile you will use for the surrounding area to ensure the two tiles will provide an even finish. To obtain an even and smooth finish follow these steps:
- Mark the area of the wall where the decorative mosaic tile backsplash will be placed
- Begin by laying the main tiles of your backsplash and leaving the area intended for your mosaic tile backsplash alone
- Once you have finished laying the main tiles on your backsplash, apply an extra layer of adhesive
- Lay your decorative mosaic tile pieces and add more adhesive as needed
Following these steps should allow you to achieve an even transition between your main tile backsplash and your decorative mosaic tile backsplash pieces.
Use The Right Adhesive
When laying a mosaic tile backsplash, the type of adhesive you choose to use is very important. While there is no difference in how different adhesives stick to mosaic tiles compared to all other types of tiles, there is a difference when it comes to the appearance of the mosaic tile backsplash. When working with mosaic tiles on a backsplash, you should always use an adhesive that is white in color.
Properly Prepare The Area That Will Be Tiled
Once you have determined the area in which you will be laying your mosaic tile backsplash and have chosen your mosaic tiles, you then need to carefully prepare the area that will be tiled before you can begin laying your tiles. This is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult parts of installing a mosaic tile backsplash. Without properly preparing the surface where your mosaic tile backsplash will be installed, you will likely end up with an uneven design. Here are the steps to follow to properly prepare your mosaic tile backsplash surface:
- Begin by making the wall as even as possible. Mosaic tiles are extremely flexible and will bend with the texture of the wall, so having a perfectly even surface is essential to getting an even finish with your mosaic tile backsplash.
- Once you have gotten the wall as even as possible, carefully clean the wall to remove dust and dirt that could cause a problem with the adhesive sticking to the wall and the tiles.
- Once the wall is even and thoroughly cleansed, apply the adhesive and even it out using a notched trowel. Apply the adhesive slowly, starting with small areas and working your way through to avoid the adhesive drying before you are able to lay all the tiles.
Applying Your Mosaic Tile Backsplash
After the area for your mosaic tile backsplash has been properly prepared, it is now time to begin laying and installing your mosaic tiles. You will want to place the mosaic tile sheets against the wall onto the adhesive and even them out using a trowel. Once all your mosaic tiles have been laid, you will need to allow the adhesive to set overnight and then clean any excess adhesive off in the morning. After you have allowed the adhesive to set overnight and cleaned off the excess adhesive, you will then apply the grout with a wide trowel and allow it to set. Once the grout has completely set, usually after thirty minutes, you should use a damp sponge to clean any excess grout off of the mosaic tiles.