There are beautiful Mosaic tile patterns that are composed of hundreds of tiny tiles and Some even come in intricate colors and shapes. But Mosaic tiles can be quite small. So it's important that the tile underlayment for your mosaic wall or floor tile installation be perfectly flat and clean. If not a tile may sink into a depression and rest below the neighboring tiles!
When using Mosaic tile patterns as a kitchen backsplash tile or a
bathroom wall tile, For dry areas a smooth drywall surface works fine
for the tile underlayment. But be sure to prepare your walls first.
For wet areas of the walls such as a shower or tub surround, you'll need a Cement Backerboard underlayment.
If you're tiling a floor with Mosaic tile patterns, you can install them on a smooth cement surface which if needed can be leveled out with a self-leveling compound. You can also install them to a Cement backerboard tile underlayment which is always best.
* Some Mosaic tiles have spacers built right in along their edges to ensure the correct alignment to the next sheet. If yours didn't come with plastic spacers already between them, You'll have to space them visually.
You will also have to use this method if you are using the types of Mosaics that have uneven edges such as circles or hexagons.
* When you visually space your mosaic tiles be very vigilant about getting the spacing right, because if the spacing is off this could cause the outlines of your mosaic sheets to be apparent in your finished job.
* If you find that the spacing doesn't look quite right, Gather up some spare mosaic sheets and remove some of the individual tiles. Back butter them with an extra thick layer of Thinset and set them where needed.
* For a Glass Mosaic tile wall of floor tile installation, it's always best to use a white colored Thinset Tile adhesive. When you use the darker colors, in some cases you risk the chance of the Tile adhesive showing right through the tiles!
* Sometimes you can remove unneeded tiles from your mosaic tile
sheets. To do this simply peel the tiles from their backing, and then
cut away the excess backing with a sharp utility knife.
* This is also a good method to use when you need to work your Mosaic Tiles around obstacles such as plumbing pipes, or if you need to shorten a sheet of mosaic tiles at a wall.
* There are other times where you'll need to cut some of the tiles within the prefab grid. For this process, you'll need to lay the sheet on a flat, clean work surface. Make sure that all the tiles are in their proper position.
Cover the sheet with mosaic tape; this helps to keep the tiles in place while you mark for cuts and then cut them. Then use a wet saw to cut your Mosaic tiles.
You'll first need to mix up a batch of Thinset Mortar.
Since you can't back butter Mosaic tiles, you'll need to spread out an
even layer of Thinset onto your tile underlayment surface.
Make sure that your Thinset layer is not too thin because the Thinset may not reach past the paper or plastic netting! If your thinset is too thick it will squeeze up between thin tiles!
Test out the adhesive layer by setting a sample sheet of mosaic tile
and then tapping it with a beater board and rubber mallet. Once you've
done this, remove the Mosaic sheet and check to see if all of the tiles
are completely coated with Thinset.
If the tiles are covered, you are all set to lay your mosaic tiles if not try using a trowel with a larger notch and run your test again.
Press your mosaic tiles in place. Check your mosaic tiles now and then to make sure that they are straight. If you find any sheets that have shifted, Simply use your trowel to assist you in moving them back in place.
Then lay your beater board over two or more sheets of Mosaic tiles and tap them with the rubber mallet to ensure that the Mosaic sheets correctly set.
Wait 24 hours before grouting your Mosaic Tile Patterns to ensure that the Thinset has set.
Installing your mosaic tiles is relatively easy, but grouting them can be a little bit more of a challenge. Depending on the shapes or sizes of your mosaic tiles some of the joints can be irregular, but even if your grout lines are straight, and even, there will still be a lot of grout lines to cover.
When grouting, your mosaic tiles take extra care on pushing the grout into the joints, smoothing the surface of the tiles and wiping off excess grout. With this said, grouting your mosaic tile works the same as grouting any other type of tiles.