How to Install a Talavera Tile Backsplash

  • 4-12 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 250-750
What You'll Need
Thinset Mortar
Talavera Tiles
Notched Trowel
Putty Knife
Rubber Float
Sanded Grout

A Talavera tile backsplash will add ornamental value to the kitchen. These tiles are special because they are handmade by select individuals. Because of the exquisite design of the tiles, they are popular among interior designers and homeowners who love artistic home interiors. To install a Talavera tile backsplash properly, read the steps below.

Step 1 – Planning

Determine the dimensions of the wall to be tiled. Pick the best Talavera tile designs for the backsplash. These tiles come in various sizes so make sure to choose tiles with closely the same sizes. Take note that since these tiles are handcrafted, they may not come in uniform sizes.

Step 2 – Prepping the Backsplash Foundation

Make sure that the wall to be tiled is free from any surface irregularities. Remove any paint as well before laying the thinset. To make sure that the thinset adheres to the wall completely, spray the wall surface with water to make it wet.

Step 3 – Applying the Thinset

Prepare the thinset in a container and mix it well to achieve a consistent mix. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for proper mixing procedures. Place a sufficient amount of the thinset onto the notched trowel and apply it thinly on the wall. Never apply the thinset at once to the whole area to be tiled, especially if it is a wide one. Work on one small area at a time.

Step 4 – Installing the Tiles

Place a small portion of thinset on the middle portion of the back of the tile. This allows it to have a good support even when too much pressure is exerted on it. Carefully place the tiles on the wall one by one, pressing each piece firmly until it rests stably. Since the tiles have slightly different sizes, never use spacers. Repeat the process until the entire area of the backsplash is covered with Talavera tile.

Step 5 – Grouting

When grouting, use sanded grout only to avoid cracking. Mix the grout in a container until the right consistency is achieved. Place a sufficient amount of the grout onto the rubber float and apply it onto the spaces between the tiles working in smooth one-directional strokes. Press the rubber float firmly so that the pressure forces the grout into the tile spaces. When all spaces are filled with the material, allow it to set for about 20 minutes.

Dampen a sponge in clean water and wipe the excess grout from the surface of the tiles. Clean the sponge once in a while in clean water and repeat the process until all excess grout has been removed. Allow the grout to dry completely for about 24 hours. Seal the grout when it dries. This will make it resistant to water. Never seal the tiles because they are already waterproof.