How to Make a Mosaic Backsplash, Part 2

What You'll Need
Grout Spreader

A mosaic backsplash can be used to liven up your kitchen or bathroom and also to catch any water from your sink. Installing can be done easily and cheaply. You can use most kinds of glass material and design your own pattern to go with your kitchen or bathroom décor. When it comes time to grout your mosaic backsplash you will want to be sure that you pick one that complements your mosaic design and kitchen or bathroom décor.

Step 1: Grout Preparation

Once you have successfully laid your tile you will need to let it set over night to allow it to dry completely. Once the tile has had this time to set, you will be able to apply the grout to your mosaic design. Read the directions that come with your grout so that you will know the exact amount of water to mix with it. Your grout should have the same consistency of cake frosting.

Step 2: Applying the Grout

After the grout has successfully been mixed you will be ready to apply it. Get your grout spreader and begin spread it over your mosaic. You will need to be sure to get in every crevice that you can. It is best to spread it completely one way, then turn around and spread it back the opposite direction. You should do this until you are completely certain that the grout is in every crack and crevice in your mosaic design.

Step 3: Cleaning Your Tile

After the grout has been applied let it set for at least 15 to 20 minutes. After you have allowed this time to pass get a cold, damp sponge and gently clean off your mosaic tile. Be careful not to apply too much pressure so as not to smudge your newly applied grout.

Step 4: Sealant

Allow your grout to set overnight. It will need to be completely dry before you finish cleaning it off of your tile. Once you have removed the excess grout from the backsplash you should consider adding a sealant.

While sealant is not required it is strongly recommended. Your grout can become stained if you are not able to clean it thoroughly on a regular basis. Grout can also become yellow with age. Sealant will protect your grout against stains and yellowing as well as cracks and other signs of aging. Sealant can easily be found at any hardware store and is inexpensive to purchase.

Applying sealant is not difficult at all. Simply cut the dispenser at a 45-degree angle and squeeze it along your grout lines. Try to not get any of the sealant on your tile as this will result in some scrubbing to remove. Directions after you have applied your sealant will vary from brand to brand. Use a spoon to smooth the sealant in your grout and allow it to set for however long the directions call for.