Laying and installing tile backsplash behind your sink is one of the easier tiling jobs. Creativity, using combination of color patterns and / or different styles of tiles is the key to success here.
Before you start to lay and install the tiles, make sure to remove any existing tile and scrub the surface. Fill any unwanted holes and sand or scrap the surface. The idea is to make sure that you have a well-sealed moisture-proof, solid, flat and dry surface for satisfying results.
Selection of tiles is another important factor to consider. It has been observed that glazed tiles are best suited for kitchen counter applications than unglazed ones. Unglazed tiles absorb moisture and grease that you don’t want.
DIY Step-By-Step Directions on How to Tile Countertop Backsplash
- Using a measuring tape, design your layout and identify the center of your design.
- Draw a grid of vertical column and horizontal row one after another so that they intersect at the central point of your backsplash.
- Apply mastic at the center and adhere the tile to the wall. Mastic should be spread evenly and moderately on the surface. Too much mastic means tiles will take a long time to set. Tiles can also get uneven with too much mastic. Tiles will not adhere properly with too little mastic. It is also recommended to wear gloves when working with mastic. Follow all directions to use mastic.
- Starting from the center, lay out tiles for the first row and column. Make sure you have adequate mastic on the wall. Use spacers between tiles for uniformity. Press the tiles firmly so that they adhere to the wall properly. Make sure you do not press too hard or mastic will ooze between tile pieces. Wipe off any mastic from the face of tiles.
- Adhere all the tiles to the wall except the last and final 2 rows and columns. At this point work out if there is any need to cut a tile for the edges. If yes, mark where the tiles need to be cut using a wax pencil. Use a wet saw or a snap cutter to cut or break the tile.
- Once all the tiles are installed, let the mastic dry. Look at the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. It may take 24 to 36 hours for the mastic to set completely. Once the mastic is dry, remove the spacers.
- Using a blade float, apply grout between the tiles. Once the grout is set, clean off any excess grout. You can use a sponge for the job. Let the grout dry for according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- After the grout has dried, apply sealant or a bead of caulk at the edges of the backsplash where it meets the wall or countertop.
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