Glass mosaic tile floors are a stylish and dependable alternative to standard tile flooring for any environment. Mosaic tiles can be designed in many different artistic styles and patterns to compliment any room. With such a wide diversity of styles, glass mosaic tiles can seem overwhelming to install but can actually be done rather simply. This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to install your very own glass mosaic tile floor.
Step 1 – Prepare the Floor
The first thing to make sure of before installing your glass mosaic tile floor is that the foundation is prepared. You must clean and level the subfloor by removing whatever carpet, wood panels, or linoleum is currently in that space. Once you have the base floor exposed and clean, you are ready to begin measuring the room.
Step 2 – Measure the Room
You will need to use your tape measure to get the dimensions of the room. Be sure to include any closets or additional spaces the floor will cover. This must be completed before you purchase the tile. Different types of glass mosaic tile come in a variety of sizes and you must be sure to purchase enough to cover the entire floor.
Step 3 – Apply Mortar/Thinset
The next step is to apply a thin layer of mortar or thinset evenly over the floor. To spread the mortar or thinset evenly, use the toothed side of your mortar trowel. Most thinsets come as a powder and you should check the instructions on how to mix with water properly with your power mixer. You can then use the trowel to scoop it over the floor and the flat side to even it out.
Step 4 – Lay Tiles
After the mortar is applied to the floor, you are ready to begin laying the tiles. Make sure to lay them evenly and press each one down firmly to be sure they stick sufficiently. Then allow however long the thinset requires to dry. Most take at least 24 hours, but always be sure to check your specific product’s instructions.
Step 5 – Grout
After the thinset has dried, you can begin applying the grout to your glass tiles. Grout is available in many different colors. Most grout comes in a powder form that must be mixed with water. After it is mixed, apply the grout evenly over the entire floor. Always be sure to spread the grout evenly over the floor, getting into all of the crevices to prevent cracking in the grout lines. The last thing to do is wipe off excess grout with a warm cloth.
Step 6 – Sealing
After you give the grout whatever drying time it requires, you are ready to apply the seal. This is a liquid sealant that covers the grout from staining and cracking. This sealant is highly recommended to prolong the life of your glass mosaic tiles.