Introduction

Backsplash refers to the material used to cover a particular area of the wall, such as between the kitchen counter and the upper cabinets. Backsplashing is performed by a wide range of homeowners who prefer to express themselves by the means of a diverse range of textures, colours, and materials used. One of the most important features which makes it so desirable amongst homeowners is its ability to be resistant to substances which are splashed upon it.  

 

Tile As A Backsplash Material

One of the most common materials which are incorporated in the use of backsplashing is the tile. By making use to the tiles and particularly mosaic and ceramic tiles, one can achieve any number of combinations and designs to detail a certain area in their home. Apart from this, it has an added benefit of being durable and can be cleaned easily. Because of these features, the tile is said to encapsulate functionality and visual appeal which has risen its popularity in the flooring market and has hence, risen the demand for it.

 

Do-It-Yourself

Backsplashing is a project that can be easily undertaken and completed on a do-it-yourself basis. However, in spite of this, people choose to spend thousands of dollars on hiring experts to perform the work for them. Coupled with the price of the tiles, this amount skyrockets and becomes unaffordable which, quite often, puts a lot of backsplashing projects on hold.

However, what a vast number of people fail to understand is that backsplashing is relatively easier than they perceive it to be. This forestalls them from incurring the inessential labor costs. It is, in fact, one of the preliminary areas where one should commence their do it yourself career. In order to help you with your do-it-yourself career, we can have a step-by-step process of backsplashing with a mosaic tile.

 

The Requirements for The Backsplash

Backsplashing requires a significant amount of tools. These include:

1. A Hart Quick-Tatch Combo Kit

2. One grout sponge

3. One large bucket

4.  One tape measure

5. Straight edge

6. Few tile spacers

7. Level

8. A tile cutter

9. A utility knife

10. Microfiber cloth

11. One painter’s tape

12. Jeffrey Court Mosaic Tile

13. One SimpleMat Tile Mat

14. A Fusion Pro Grout in Bright White

15. Few pairs of rubber grouting gloves

16. One carpenter’s pencil

17. A trisodium phosphate cleaner

 

The Process Involved

There are innumerous steps involved in the backsplash process. These steps must be completed with a close scrutiny to make the DIY look gorgeous.

1. The first step involves measuring the wall to determine the amount of tile needed. Calculate the area of the wall by measuring the space and multiplying it with the height. In order to cover up gaps and mistakes, make sure that you add 10% of the tile area required to the total wall area.

2. Before starting to work, remove all unwanted items which could be a cause of distraction in your project. These include all appliances, cookware and in some cases, even the stove. Move all such things away from the wall. Next, make sure that no outlets in the vicinity have current passing through them. To make sure that the countertop does not sustain any damages, cover it with a layer of cardboard. Use the painter’s tape generously on the edges, underside and any other surface which are to be protected.

3. After having done all this, it is time to prepare the wall. In order to prevent any hidden damage from showing up later, it is important to inspect and repair the wall before applying the backsplash. Walls can be cleaned using mild soap and rinsed with water. Painted walls can be wiped down with trisodium phosphate and sanded while glossy surfaces can be sanded and deglossed. Any grease stains behind stove should be cleaned with a degreaser or primer. Prior to all the cleaning process, the walls should be allowed to dry before moving forward.

4. After cleaning the walls, the SimpleMat is used. SimpleMat is a peel-and-stick material which is used as an alternative to other adhesive or mortar products while applying it to a wall. Not only is it cheaper, using it makes the process less messy than troweling on the mortar. Applying the SimpleMat is simple too. All that you need to do is roll the material out on the wall and trim it with scissors or a utility knife and press it on the wall. It is impertinent to completely flatten out the substance so that there are no air bubbles or creases which could slow down the process later.

5. It is from here that the actual process of laying the tiles is started. First, you need to clean the tiles with a damp sponge and completely let it dry before setting. In order to clean the plastic from the SimpleMat and lightly set the tiles into place using the spacers. In order to make sure that the tiles are properly set, you need to adjust the tiles to ensure that are leveled and pressed firmly into place. In the event that the space between the top row of tiles is greater than an inch make sure to use the cutter and cut the extra tile pieces to fit the space.

6. After this process is completed, grouting is initiated. Grouting should be done within 24 hours of applying the tile over the SimpleMat. Make sure to use the gloves while grouting and spread the substance evenly at a 45-degree angle. After letting a few couples of minutes to pass, use a grout sponge to smoothen any grout joints which might have formed.

7. After this is done, clean the backsplash and wipe any residue with a wet sponge. Use a damp microfiber cloth to remove any excess residue. Let the surface to rest for 24 hours before using it.

 

Conclusion

It does not come as a surprise that by using the backsplashing process and giving the kitchen an upgrade using that process is one of the best and quickest ways to give an upgrade. Apart from this, such an upgrade does not require a lot of time. At its best, the project requires a mere weekend to accomplish which is sure to be a lot beneficial in the upcoming years. 

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