A kitchen backsplash can be the centerpiece for your kitchen. You can take the colors from it and create accents all throughout the kitchen, tying it together with the backsplash. You could also add curtains, tablecloth, centerpiece, and even floor tiles that coordinate or even match exactly with the tile. In addition to being a fun element of design, a backsplash is a way to protect the walls from being stained when you are making a mess in the kitchen. Most mosaic tiles are easy to clean up, which is why they are a good option for a backsplash in the kitchen. If you have decided on a mosaic tile backsplash, the following steps will walk you through the installation process.
- Purchase the tile sheets, adhesive, grout, sealer, and other miscellaneous supplies that you will need to install the mosaic. You may want to ask someone at the tile store what they would recommend for you to more easily install the tile.
- Read the instructions on the label of the tile adhesive. You will probably need to mix it with water to get it to the right consistency. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, get it mixed up so that it is ready for application.
- Apply the adhesive to the backsplash area. Wipe it onto the wall with the smooth side of a trowel. Run the v-notch side of the trowel back along each application of adhesive so that it creates valleys in the adhesive.
- Attach the tile sheets to the adhesive. You may need to cut some of the mosaic sheets so that they will fit correctly. If you are using the mosaics to create a specific design, be sure that you have thought it out ahead of time and will be applying them in the correct order and the correct position. The plastic film on the tile sheets should face out.
- Wait for the adhesive to dry completely and allow the tiles to set. You will probably want to wait at least one day to be sure they are nice and secure. When you are certain they are secure, you can remove the plastic film.
- Follow the instructions on the grout to mix it and apply it to the tiles. Using some pressure will help to ensure that every space gets filled properly. Remove excess grout on the tiles with a grout float.
- With a damp grout sponge, wipe each of the tiles to be sure they are clean of excess grout. After the grout has set for a day or two, you could polish the tiles a second time.
- Put grout sealer on the entire area and wipe off any drips with the grout sponge.
After you have waited the proper amount of time for the sealer to dry, your kitchen will be in business and ready for you to have some fun. Because you sealed the tiles, you wont’t need to worry about splashing something on the backsplash. That is what it is there for, and you can simply wipe the mosaic tile with a wet rag.
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