Whether you decide to go with a ceramic backsplash or the clear glass variety, the tile backsplash is a great way to add beauty and functional improvement to your kitchen counter area. Here are some great tips on how to install a tile backsplash.
9 Easy Steps for how to Tile Backsplashes
1. Start by measuring the area you want your backsplash to cover. Use a large sheet of paper to mark out the measurements. With scissors you can cut a template. Try setting the template in place, tweaking it to get just the right fit. Remember to mark the spaces for your electrical outlets.
2. Now that you have your template, lay it out on a flat, horizontal surface. Now you can practice with your tile design ideas by placing the tiles on the template, mixing and matching until you find the arrangement you want. If your tiles come paper mounted, just cut the paper to free up the individual or clusters of tiles necessary to form your preferred design pattern.
3. Now you’ll need tile adhesive (also known as thinset), 3/16-inch V-notched trowel, grout and grout float. Spread the thinset onto the wall where you’ll want the backsplash. Cover only the area you can handle in 10 to 15 minutes; be sure that the thinset remains tacky.
4. Once you’re done applying the thinset to the wall, spread it also directly onto the back of the tiles. Once thoroughly “buttered” set down the tile sheets, with the paper side facing out. Set onto the wall.
5. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes for the thinset to bond. After that time, wipe down the paper with a damp sponge and warm water. Be sure to rub lightly so that you do not accidentally disturb the tile placement. As you rub, the paper facing will begin to darken as the water is absorbed.
6. Once you’re confident the tiles are firmly adhered, which should about two to three minutes, test a corner of the paper sheet. Pull gently down at an angle. If the sheet does not easily pull away, sponge it again until the paper releases.
7. Now you’ll need to wait for 24 hours. This time is necessary to get the fullest adhesive bond. After this time you can use a drill and mixing bit to mix the grout in the bucket according to the manufacturer’s specifications. It should approximate the consistency of cake batter once done.
8. With the rubber grout float you’re now ready to spread the prepared grout, at a 45-degree angle, across the tile field. After you’ve completed the grouting you’ll want to wait about 20 minutes before clean away the excess.
9. To clean away the excess grout, start off using a dry cloth. Cheesecloth, or any other lint-free cloth, should do the trick. Once done with the cloth, go over the area with a sponge and warm water. But don’t overdo the water. Using too much will weaken the grout before it has fully set.
There you go: 9 easy steps for how to tile backsplashes. Hope this advice on how to install a tile backsplash aids you in realizing your tile design ideas for the backsplash you want for your kitchen.