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How to tile a kitchen backsplash

Installing or updating a tile backsplash in your kitchen is an brilliant way to spice up your kitchen. It is relatively simple to do and requires a few materials and tools that are available at your nearest home depot or lowes stores.



What you will need:
1. Tiles
2. Tile cutter (Snap or wet saw)
3. Tile adhesive (glue)
4. Grout
5. small trowel
6. small hang
7. Tile nipper
8. tile saw (optional, yet not compulsory)
9. sponge
10. Tile spacers

All of these items are relatively available at Home Depot. I recommend checking their website and or stores for sales. They are relatively competitive with their pricing and I am very pleased with the quality of the tools and tile that i bought from them.


It is very vital to initiation out by measuring the square footage of the interval that you are going to tile. Make sure you buy extra tiles. This is vital because you may not be able to use a lot of the scrap peices and a few may break in the administer. Plus if they get scuffed up or hurt in the prospect, you wont have to worry about tiresome to contest your tiles.


Once the square footage is measured and your equipment has been bought, you must prepare the area to be tiled. Take out any outlets or light switches, sand the wall down if it is painted because this will give a better surface for the glue to adhere to.


Map out your surface area to tile in a prep area, whether its on a countertop or your floor. This will help you visualize the installation initially and ensure that you have the proper amount of tiles and describe. Use spacers between the tiles as this give you a consistent gap between the tiles that will be filled with grout later. Measure out the areas that need to be cut for electrical outlets or around edges. You can even mark the tiles with pencil so you can guide your cuts and snaps.


Pre-cut the tiles that need to be modified, either for outlets or edges. THere are many ways to do this. If you have a wet saw, this is a very simple task. A wet saw works much like a table saw and can quickly and easily cut tiles to your custom requirement. You can also use a tile snap cutted to score and snap the tile. ANother selection is to use a combination of a hand saw with a special blade and or tile nippers. Tile nippers work much like snips or scissors. It’s best to score the tile before by the nippers so that the breaks are clean.


Once you have the tiles are laid out and cut your specification, you can now go on to applying your tile adhesive onto the surface area. Use your trowel to apply the glue evenly across the wall. The trowel must be held at around a 45 point angle. Try to only place enough glue  as you can tile in a 10 to 15 minute period. You do not want the glue to initiation drying out or hardening if left exposed to the air for too long. Press firmly on the tiles and use your spacers to ensure the appropriate consistent gap between the tiles.


Continue the administer outlined in step 5 until the area is completely tiled. Once all of the tiles are on the wall, you must be able to take out your spacers.


It is not compulsory to wait approximately 24 hours for the glue to completely dry before applying grout. When you are ready to initiation grouting, Apply the grout to your tile hang and spread it over the tile surface to fill in all of the open spaces between the tiles. Try out the grout directions because depending on the mixture, it may recommend waiting 4 hours to allow a haze to build up before sponging it off.


Take out any build up of grout or haze left behind with a sponge. Moisten the sponge and rub the tiles until they are completely clean and shiny. At this point it is not compulsory to wait for 2 hours or more to allow the grout to completely harden.


Silicone – (Optional, yet not compulsory) – apply a bead of silicone between the bottom tiles and countertop to ensure a water waterproof installation. This will help stop any splashing from dripping down behind the counter.

Tips & Warnings

Take your time and do not rush. It will pay off in the end when you are looking at your gorgeous backsplash. Also take the time to do the prep work and lay out the tiles on the floor prior to installing to make sure that you like the design / cuts.

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