How to Prepare your Backsplash:
How to Tile your Backsplash:
- Measure your backsplash to establish the amount of tiles and the most appropriate style. It is recommended to add 10-15% waste to your final square footage for cuts.
- Remove the current backsplash, if there is one, and replace the drywall. Generally, saving the existing drywall is a difficult task and it is much more efficient to simply replace. During this process, it's advised to shut off the power to the electrical outlets and remove the cover plates.
- Patch and sand the surface so it is a level as possible.
- Apply wall tile adhesive with the 3/16" v-notch trowel. Be sure to only apply adhesive to a small surface, around 2-3 square feet at a time.
- Begin installing our first sheet, ensuring it is level, by laying the tile against the adhesive and pressing firmly. Repeat with each sheet following.
- Mix the grout according to the instructions, or until it has reached a peanut butter consistency, in your mixing bucket. Apply to the dry tile surface using the grout float in a cross sweeping pattern, held at a 45 degree. The grout should be pushed over the tile joints in 2-3 directions to ensure they are appropriately filled in.
- Begin removing the excess grout 5-10 minutes after application. You'll be aware of the appropriate time because the grout will begin to show a white haze. Fill a clean bucket with water and use your grout sponge to apply in a downward drag. Be sure not to use too much water or wash in a spiral motion.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to buff the entire surface clean of any dry particles.
- Place a thin bead of silicone along the base of the backsplash where the mosaic meets the countertop. Seal any necessary surfaces, such as grout or natural stone tiles, 3-5 days after applying the grout.