GGCL Guide On How to Put Up a Tile Backsplash With Tiles on a Mesh Backer
Mosaic tiles are frequently mounted on a mesh backer. This backer helps make installation easier; instead of mounting the tiles one-by-one, they can be installed in sheets roughly 12 inches in size. These mesh-backed tiles are perfect for backsplash installations because the mesh can be easily trimmed to help fit the sheets into small spaces, such as the area beneath cabinets.
Steps To follow to Backsplash with Mosaic Tiles on mesh backer ;-
Measure the backsplash area where the tiles will be installed. Mark off an area of the same size and shape on the floor nearby. Lay out the mesh sheets of tiles in this area to help determine fit and pattern.
Practice setting the sheets next to one another with even spacing to help keep the grout joints between the sheets even with the joints within each sheet. Cut the mesh with scissors to trim the sheets to size and remove tiles for the areas where outlets are installed. Cut any individual tiles to fit the edges of the installation with tile nippers.
Spread thinset mortar onto the backsplash wall with a trowel. Smooth out the grooves in the mortar with the smooth edge of the trowel. This will help prevent excess mortar from coming up between the tiles during installation.
Press the sheets of mosaic into the mortar in the same pattern you determined on the floor. Use the flat of your hand to smooth each sheet into the mortar on the wall, moving from bottom to top on the sheet. Take care not to press to hard. This could cause excess mortar to come up between the tiles.
Let the thinset dry for 24 hours, then grout the sheets. Spread grout over the entire installation with a grout float held at a 45-degree angle. Spread the grout from multiple directions over the tiles to help pack it into the many grout joints.
Let the grout dry for 10 minutes, then clean off the surface of the tiles with a grout sponge. Lightly dampen the sponge and wipe the tiles in a circular motion. Rinse the sponge frequently to help clean the tiles. Let the grout dry for 24 hours.
- Measuring tape
- Tile nippers
- Thinset mortar
- Grout float
- Grout sponge