- The stone pieces are glued to a flexible backing so you can glue them in place using tile adhesive like you do with other tiles.
- Seal the stone tile after the adhesive has completely dried. This action will prevent the pebbles and stone tiles from absorbing the grout color. Allow the sealer to dry.
- Apply grout to the pebble tiles by pushing it into the spaces between the pebbles. Work slowly when doing this to fill in all gaps. When you have finished the entire area will be properly covered with grout.
- Allow the grout to set up and dry for around 20 minutes.
- Sponge away the grout from the surface of the stones. The sponge should be damp, not dripping wet and dont push too hard, you dont want to remove the grout from between the stones. Rinse the sponge regularly.
- Leave the grout to dry for 24 hours.
- Apply sealer to the grout and stones.
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.
Calculate the number of mosaic tile sheets you will need to complete your DIY project:
First calculate the size of one mosaic tile sheet (eg 30cm x 30cm = 900cm²)
Then calculate the area to be tiled. (eg 90cm x 250cm = 22500cm²)
Then divide the total area to be tiled by the area of one sheet (eg 22500 / 900 = 25 sheets needed)
1 m = 100 cm
1 m = 1000 mm
1 m² = 10 000 cm²
2.54cm = 1 inch
1m² = 10.764ft²
More about mosaics….
Mosaic tiles come in a variety of sheet sizes so you must make sure you have the correct info, you don’t want to come up short and find out later that the supplier no longer stocks them.
Some sheets of mosaic tiles are a mix of sizes and are not as easily cut into the right size strips as you would be able to cut a sheet of uniform tile pieces
Make sure that you will be able to do your job with the least amount of cutting, and I don’t mean cutting the gauze backing, I mean the tile pieces. For example if you need a 75mm strip it is best to use mosaics that have 23mm chip sizes. 48mm chip sizes will need to be cut and this will be a big challenge