Pebble tiles can help you create a uniquely attractive backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom. The tiles are made from highly polished pebbles attached to a mesh backing. You can easily liven up your home with the vibrant colors and creative patterns of the tiles. A wide variety of pebbled glass tiles are available on the market. Check out the selection in home improvement stores. You can also find something suitable from online retailers. The beauty of pebbled glass tiles is that you can create various attractive patterns for a backsplash. Plus installation is an easy process as shown below.
Step 1 – Sort the Pebble Tiles
Unpack the tiles. Lay them out on a flat surface close to the installation site. The color varies amongst the numerous stones and once laid out, you’ll be able to sort them easily. This allows you to determine the color shade you wish to create on the backsplash once installed.
Step 2 – Apply Thinset
Begin at one corner on the top of the backsplash. Apply a thin, even coat of thin-set to the backsplash. It is best to apply to a small area that can accommodate 2 to 3 tiles. If you apply over a wide area, the adhesive is likely to dry before you attach the tiles. Groove the thin-set with the notched end of the trowel. This will prevent the formation of air pockets and will provide much better adhesion for the tiles.
Step 3 – Attach Pebble Tiles
Take one tile and press it firmly into the thin-set, but without applying excessive pressure as it will sink the tile into the adhesive. This will create a messy surface which makes it harder to install effectively. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap all around the tile. Only the mesh backing should go into the adhesive. This facilitates proper attachment. Use a notched trowel to apply the thin-set. Take the next tile and place it right next to the first tile. You should aim for a seamless appearance. Use the same technique used for the first time to attach the tile. Work in this way until the entire backsplash is covered with tiles. Thin-set requires 24 hours to fully cure.
Step 4 – Apply Sealant
Use a soft paintbrush to apply a sealant over the tiles. Allow the first coat to dry for the stated duration before you apply a second coat. This gives your newly installed tiles higher protection from damage.
Step 5 – Apply Grout
Wear protective gloves. Apply grout with your fingers to areas between the tiles. Wipe away excess grout with a sponge dipped in warm water. Be sure to squeeze out water from the sponge before you use it. The grout should dry completely before you proceed to the next step.
Step 6 – Finishing
Apply grout sealant and allow it to dry. Follow with a final coat of tile sealant. It is a good idea to reapply tile sealant every 6 to 12 months. This keeps your backsplash well protected. It also extends its longevity.