Want a beautiful and stylish Stainless Steel tile bathroom or kitchen tile backsplash? Well, what better way than installing one that has the durability of Ceramic tile designs?
These breathtaking Ceramic tile designs consist of durable ceramic base with a metal coating. And they have a semi-vitreous surface, so they're safe to use in moderately damp indoor environments.
Ceramic Stainless Steel tiles have a high shine that commands the attention of anyone who enters the room, and the mosaic tile patterns make for an easy wall tile installation that you can complete in a weekend!
* You'll want to start installing your stainless steel mosaic tile patterns at an open end of the kitchen cabinets. Meaning the place where your kitchen cabinets end, but the wall continues.
*Some kitchens have two free ends to their kitchen cabinets. But In a lot of cases, the Refridgerator covers one end of the kitchen tile backsplash, So If this is the style of kitchen design you have, Then start at the open end that's most visual when entering the kitchen.
*Other kitchen designs may have a door at an open end, and the upper kitchen cabinets butt up against the door molding, If this is your style of kitchen, you can simply install your kitchen backsplash tiles up to the molding as well.
* Before beginning your Stainless Steel Tile installation, You'll want to remove the old tiles from your kitchen tile backsplash.
Use a pencil and a bubble level to draw a line from the outer edge of the upper kitchen cabinets to the countertop.
Spread your tile adhesive to about a 2 to 3-foot section of the wall, from the open end line.
Then install your sheet of tiles. Start at the point where the end line and the kitchen countertop meet.
Use plastic spacers between the tiles and the adjacent surfaces, such as the top of the countertop and the bottom of the kitchen cabinets.
Lay about 2 feet of tiles across the countertop, And then add a row of tiles on top of that. Press the tiles into the adhesive with your hands.
Never use a beater board and mallet to set Stainless Steel Ceramic tile designs as it could damage the tiles.
Always cut stainless steel ceramic tile designs metal side up to avoid scratching these tiles beautiful metal finish, and please wear your respirator and eye goggles while cutting.
To cut mosaic stainless steel tiles place your stainless steel mosaic tile pattern sheet on a clean work surface, making sure that all the tiles are in their proper position.
Then cover the sheet with mosaic tape. The Mosaic Tape is a heavy duty contact paper that does a great job of holding mosaic tile patterns in place while you cut them with a wet saw.
You should never cut Stainless Steel Ceramic tile designs with a snap cutter or tile nibblers
But if you're using small enough Mosaic tile patterns, you may be able just to pull off the un-needed tiles from the 12x12 sheets and then cut off the extra backing with a utility knife.
After your Thinset or Mastic Adhesive has cured overnight, Your Stainless Steel tile installation will be ready for grouting.
A latex fortified grout should work fine, but be sure to use a soft rubber grout float to prevent scratching the tiles.
Some Manufacturers even recommend using an unsanded grout, because even the sand itself can scratch the tiles.