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Mosaic Bathroom Tiles: Installation Tips

Installing Mosaic TilesMosaic bathroom tiles are increasingly becoming popular as they offer exceptional elegance and versatility. Although they are quite costly, their effect is often priceless.

Installing mosaic tiles on your bathroom floors and walls requires knowledge, skill, and expertise. It is quite difficult and time-consuming. In fact, manufacturers of these tiles recommend hiring the services of professional tile installers and tile setters to prevent costly mistakes and damages.

However, if you still want to do it yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. We also have some tips that might help. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to install mosaic bathroom tiles.

01

Before anything else, make sure that the surfaces of your bathroom floor and walls are level and equal. If there are small holes or cracks, fill them with premixed cement to restore their evenness.

02

 Use the flat side of a V-notch trowel to initiate a bond coat and apply the adhesive or other setting materials onto the substrate. Using more adhesives, comb the notches to create the appropriate depth for setting the tiles. Flatten the notches using the flat side of your trowel for a smoother and more consistent setting bed.

03

 Apply the mosaic tiles onto the setting bed using light and even pressure. The paper side should be facing you. Do not press the tiles too hard, so you can easily take them off and reset them in case you misalign them or accidentally nudge them.

04

After laying all the mosaic tiles, tap them lightly using a hammer and a small block of wood to check if they have firmly set.

 

05

 Apply a small amount of grout to fill the gaps between tile sets. After 15 to 30 minutes, wet the paper side of the tiles with a small amount of water for several times in a period of five to 10 minutes. You can remove the paper as soon as it turns dark.

06

 Leave the tiles to set for at least 24 hours to let the adhesives and grout dry.

 

07Next, clean your mosaic bathroom tiles using warm water and a nylon scrub brush. Remove all excessive glue and residual paper. Wipe them clean using a damp sponge or moist cloth.

08

Using a non-sanded grout with very fine joints or a standard grade grout, force down the grout and rubber grout float to fully penetrate the joints of the tiles. Make sure the grout joints are uniformly finished. Grout usually takes longer to penetrate the joints of mosaic glass tiles because of their impervious and porous quality.

09

To initially clean the tiles, use a dry cheese cloth to wick the moisture away from the grout. Allow the grout to set before smoothing the joints with a lightly damp sponge. Wipe the mosaic tiles with dry cheese cloth to polish them.

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