This is a step by step process for installing our stainless steel and glass mosaic wall tiles.
Please note that this is a “how to” guide and should only be considered as an informational resource.
Required tools and materials. All tile stores and most big diy hardware stores will have the items available:
- 5/32 inch or similar V-notch trowel to apply adhesive .
- A rubber grout float.
- Sufficient stainless steel or glass mosaic tiles to cover the area.
- Enough tile adhesive to cover the area you are going to be tiling.
- Adhesive for standard ceramic porcelain tiles is compatible with our products.
- Enough un-sanded grout to cover the area you are going to be tiling. Use non-sanded or un-sanded or sandless grout because sanded grout may scratch the finish during installation.
- A clean sponge or cheesecloth.
- Two buckets, one for water and one for mixing the adhesive and grout.
- A tile cutter if there are any cuts to be made around certain obstacles that can’t be properly fitted by simply removing individual tiles from the mosaic mesh sheets.
- A pair of scisors or craft knife to cut the mesh backing if necessary
- A flat wood block or plank about 7cm wide and 20cm long and a hammer for making the tiles all level. This prevents any tiles or parts of tiles standing proud of the rest
Step 1: Mix your adhesive as shown on the product package. Apply the adhesive firmly onto the wall with the flat side of the V-notch trowel. Make uniform depth grooves in the adhesive with the V-notched side of the trowel.
Top tip: If you have a large area to do then only do a few square feet at a time so you dont end up with hard adhesive with tiling still to do
Step 2: Lightly apply the mosaic tile sheets onto the adhesive using even pressure. Lay subsequent sheets lining up the tile pieces from one sheet to the next.
Top tip: Tap a wood block lightly with the hammer on top of the sheets of tiles to ensure each tile piece is at the same level as the one next to it.
Step 3: Once the adhesive has set sufficiently you need to remove and protective covering on the surface of the tiles. If your tiles are covered in a protective paper wet them a few times and gently peel the paper off. If your tiles are covered in protective plastic, simply peel it off.
Step 4: Gently wipe the excess adhehive off the surface of the tiles with a wet cloth or sponge once the adhesive has set. Check the instructions on the adhesive bag for the time it takes to set.
Step 5: Mix your grout and apply with the rubber grout float forcing grout into the joints until they are full. Always use fine non sanded grout for glass, metal and mirror tiles.
Step 6: Wait 2 hours and then gently wipe off the excess grout from the tile surfaces using the damp cloth or sponge. Don’t use too much pressure as that may wash out the grout from the joints.
Please note: We will not be responsible for any mis-installation, misuse, errors or damaged caused by the direct or indirect use of the content in this article.