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how to prepare the wall to install back splash tile

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Posted 2014-01-30T21:01:22+0000  by carolynenglish carolynenglish

Hello carolynenglish and welcome to The Community!  We are glad that you are here.


Has the previous backsplash been completely removed?  Are there any holes or loose paint or wallpaper?  It is best to start with a surface that is clean, dry, smooth, and free from defects.  If your wall is not in a good state, first repair it.  Small holes can be fixed by patching the drywall.  Remove any remaining wallpaper and scrape to a smooth surface.  If there are grease or wax build-ups on the wall, consider using a household cleaner to remove the marks then allow to dry.  You can then continue with installing a tile backsplash using mortar or SimpleMat Tile Setting Mat.  


If your backsplash tile is glass, be sure to use a glass mortar for best results.  Natural stone tiles should be sealed before installation for best results.  Use a non-sanded grout for glass and metal tiles and for grout joints equal to or less than 1/8 inch.  Sanded grout can be used for porcelain and ceramic tiles and for grout joints greater than 1/8 inch.


Best wishes on your project.

Posted 2014-01-31T16:35:25+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL
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