Glass subway tiles are a fashionable choice for many homeowners at the moment. Once you have purchased the tiles, the hardest bit is actually installing the tiles. Subway tiles come in many different colors and look great as a kitchen backsplash tile design. It is important to choose a color of subway tile that complements the overall design and look of your kitchen, such as the floor, the cabinets and the counter of the kitchen.
You will have most likely bought subway tiles that are rectangle-shaped and tiles which have 3 x 6 inch dimensions. There are other sizes available such as 4 x 12, 2 x 6, and 2 x 4 inches.With this in mind, we thought we’d create a guide on how to install glass subway tiles in your kitchen.
Apply Tile Mastic
Applying the tile mastic is the first step in the installation process. To do this, simply apply a layer of the tile mastic over the area where the tiles are to be installed. It is best to make use of a notched trowel for this process.
Carefully Install the Tiles
Next, take time and care to install the subway tiles. We would recommend that you begin the process in the bottom left corner by setting a row of subway tiles along the bottom of the backsplash area. Make sure you remember to make use of tile spacers to separate the countertop from the bottom of each tile.After setting this bottom later, start on the second row above the first row using the same technique. Make sure you take your time with the remainder of the layers to fill up to the top. Once the mastic has set, you can then remove the tile spacers. We would recommend leaving around 24 hours for the mastic to set.
Pack Grout into Joints
The next stage is to pack grout into the joints of the tiles. To do this, make sure you use a grout float and use it at an angle and glide and drag across each joint with the grout.You will notice that after around 15 minutes, the grout will form a noticeable haze over the tiles. It is important then to make use of a damp sponge to wipe away the haze on each tile. Leave the grout to dry for another 24 hours.
Apply the Caulk
Lastly, you need to apply caulk to the backsplash. To do this, get hold of a caulking gun to carefully apply a thin line of caulk around the border of your backsplash. You can then use your finger to smooth the caulk to finish.
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