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Guide to Installing Backsplash Tile

Guide to Installing Backsplash TileAre you considering installing backsplash somewhere in your home but not sure you can undertake such a task on your own? We are here to help!

Follow our step by step guide on installing backsplash. Check out our site for other helpful information, such as weeping tile installation.

What Is Backsplash?

Backsplash is a type of tile or panel that is installed on the wall over a counter area to protect the walls from splashes from cooking and the like. Besides, it can add a decorative flair to your kitchen or bathroom, as it comes in an unlimited number of colors, designs, and patterns. If you know how to install backsplash tile, you can get as creative as you like with the different patterns and designs. 

Backsplash is Available in a Wide Array of Materials Including the Following:

  • Ceramic Tile
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Natural Stone Slab
  • Brick
  • Wood/Plywood
  • Glass or Metal Panels

Installing Backsplash Tile

Materials Needed:

  • Level
  • Mixing Paddle
  • Tape Measure
  • Notched Trowel
  • Straight Edge
  • Tile Float
  • Power Drill
  • Tile Cutter/Utility Knife
  • Bucket and Sponge

Steps for Installing Tile Backsplash Are as Follows:

  1. Prep the area: Ensure that the work area, as well as the walls and surface area, are clear of any obstructions, debris, dirt, or other residue. You can use sandpaper to ensure that your surface area is clean and smooth before you begin.
  2. Measure the wall to determine the best way to fit the tile. Use a level to layout the desired arrangement to ensure that the tiles will be fitted tightly and snugly with the adjacent wall and/or countertop area. 
  3. Apply the adhesive by carefully spreading it on the backs of the tiles as well as the area of the wall. Work from the center outward. Take care not to get too far ahead of yourself in applying the adhesive, as it will dry out quickly. You can use grout spacers to space out the tiles to help keep them aligned in the desired pattern. Make sure to press the tiles firmly in place so they will set properly. 
  4. Apply the grouting and caulking. Grouting will fill any spaces between the tiles to allow for a refined appearance. Mix the grout and apply it to the surface of the tile at a 45-degree angle. Allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes before carefully removing the excess grout. You can do this by using clean water and a sponge. If needed, you can then fill any crevices using a caulking gun. We recommend using a mildew-resistant caulk to prevent mold growth. 
  5. Allow for the tile adhesive to fully dry. This should take around 12 hours. However, you need to take humidity and other such factors into consideration. In some instances, it may take a full week or so before the tile is fully set.

If you have any questions on how to install backsplash, give us a call at DrainCom. We can offer advice on how to complete the process as well as any other questions you may have with any plumbing issues in your home.

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