Installing Mosaic Tiles in Your Home or Bathroom or Shower
- In addition to individual tiles, ceramic tile is also available in sheets made up of smaller mosaic tiles. Some sheets are pre-grouted, others are held together with paper on the face of the tile or mesh on the back.
- Tools: utility knife or razor blade, tile nippers, rubber trowel.
- Supplies: Mastic, grout, damp cloth or sponge, buff cloth.
- When laying a sheet of ceramic tile, fold, bend, or roll the sheet inwards so that the tile base is hidden. Set the open end of the sheet in place on the adhesive and slowly unfold the sheets, pressing the tiles into the glue as you work.
- When you work around in obstruction of some sort, use a utility knife or razor blade to cut along the seems of the sheets, removing all the tiles are affected by the obstacle. Use tile cutters to cut individual tiles to fit around the obstruction.
- To fill border spaces turn the sheet over, slide it over the space, and mark it. Cut along the line.
- Apply adhesive to the floor and the back of the sheet, and press the trimmed sheet into place. If the face of your tiles is covered with protective paper, soak the paper with warm water and peel it off.
- Finally, use a rubber trowel to spread grout into all the junctures. Wipe off the excess grout with a damp cloth or sponge, and buff the tiles with a dry cloth.