How To Lay
…a Step by Step Guide
Have you recently purchased mosaic tiles and are looking to lay and install them correctly?
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to lay your mosaic tiles perfectly.
Measure the Space
Before you start applying your tiles, you’ll need to begin by measuring the space. Measure, then and mark out where you would like the tiles to go and the pattern you are hoping to achieve. If it helps, it may be best to use a spirit level so your markings are exact rather than just a rough guide. This wouldn’t be necessary if you plan on tiling the full wall, but if you only plan on tiling a small section, then doing this would be the best solution.
Try and use the best quality adhesive available so that your tiles apply with ease. Mix the adhesive by adding powder and water in a bucket. The final result should be a peanut butter or toothpaste consistency. If your mixture is still watery, add more and more powder to the solution to get the right consistency. Once it is time to apply to the wall, don’t put too much adhesive on at one time. Only apply the solution to a small area for approximately two to four tiles at once.
Laying the Tiles
Before you start applying, ensure that the tiles are the correct way up for the pattern you are hoping to achieve. Then, once you have worked out your idealised pattern, place the tiles from the bottom edge of the wall outwards. Then, press the tiles hard into the moist adhesive until they are secure. One you have done so, use a grout trowel to make sure that the tiles are level before the adhesive dries and solidifies.
The likelihood is that your wall will have a number of difficult obstacles to tile, however, this is still quite easy if you put the correct planning strategies in place. If you have upcoming plug sockets or light switches, measure the distance from your last tile to the edge of the obstacle. Then, measure the height and width of the obstacle and transfer to your sheet of tiles. Use a sharp knife to cut the tiles within your markings and lay these tiles on the adhesive in the exact format.
Once you have applied all of your tiles, the final step is grouting. You will need to ensure your tiles are fully dried before trying to grout, which can take up to 24 hours. If your tiles are located within bathrooms or kitchens, your grout will need to be waterproof so that your tiles don’t come loose. Apply with a grout spreader and once completed, clean off the excess grout as you go with a wet cloth.