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26/04/2016 16:54

5 simple steps for laying mosaic bathroom tiles

Why choose mosaic bathroom tiles?

Mosaic tiles can give a beautiful, spectacular appearance to any kitchen or bathroom. Typically supplied in strips, mosaic tiles can be constructed from many different colours and types of stone to create elegant, impactful walls or floors.

mosaic bathroom tiles example

We’ve created a helpful guide so you can lay your own mosaic tiles and transform your bathroom in just 6 simple steps.

Stage one: Get everything set up

The first stage is to set up everything you’ll need to lay your mosaic tiles.

You’ll need the following:

Lay everything you need out on the floor of your work space. Place your mosaic tile sheets out and arrange them so they fit the pattern of your chosen design (if they come in different colours). Use this time to get acquainted with the pattern as this will help guide you when you are applying the tiles to your surface.

Place your tiles against the wall or floor you’re tiling, then mark each section of tile with a pencil, so you’ll know how many tile strips you’ll need to cover the space.

Always leave a 2-3mm gap between your tiles so there’s space to grout them after installation.

Stage two: Cutting your mosaic tiles

When you’re preparing your mosaic tiles, you may want to cut them down into smaller strips. To do this, place your tile strip face down on top of your board of scrap wood, and use a Stanley knife to cut through the mesh to create a strip (or individual tile depending on your preference).

Next, measure out the space you’ll be tiling by placing a strip along the designated wall or floor to figure out how many strips you’ll need, and if any cutting needs to be done to individual tiles. Try to be as thorough as possible with arranging your tiles before apply any adhesive, as this will make the process much easier later on.

Stage three: Applying the adhesive

Mix your adhesive in a bucket according to the instructions on your adhesive’s packaging. Take your trowel and gather adhesive and apply liberally to the section you’re tiling.

Don’t worry initially about making it smooth - just put a decent amount so the surface is covered. Once this is done, scrape lightly upwards with the trowel to smooth the adhesive out, then you’re ready to apply your tiles. Only apply the adhesive to the section you are working on rather than covering the entire wall or floor, to ensure the adhesive does not dry out before you apply your tiles. 

Stage four: Applying your tiles

Now comes the important bit: laying your tiles.

Place each tile strip carefully into the location you previously penciled out. It’s best to start in a corner and work out. Tap each strip using a grout float, so that each one is flat against the adhesive.

 Leave the more complicated bits until last – that’s things like wall sockets or any other obstacles – as these will require more time to lay accurately. If you’ve planned out your tiles completely and cut any partial tiles, this will make the process of navigating areas such as ledges or obstacles far simpler.

Stage five: Let it dry, then grout! 

The final stage is the easiest – do nothing! Let your tiles dry for at least a day (or however long is specified on your adhesive). 

Now you’re ready to grout your tiles - check out our grout guide for tips.