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The backsplash is an important part of your kitchen and even your bathroom. Its role is simple; splashes of water, food and even detergents hit the backsplash instead of the wall. This protects the wall from becoming damaged.
A good backsplash can be easily washed down and will last for years.
You can a backsplash made from metal, glass or a variety of other substances. However, an increasingly popular option is to tile the backsplash. This has the benefit of being easier to incorporate into the design of your kitchen. It is also surprisingly cost-effective.
Of course, if you have a bespoke kitchen you may wish to prefer using the services of SJD; they will ensure you have the perfect backsplash to accompany your home.
If you decide that you can create your own tile backsplash then here’s what you need to do:
Pick Your Tile
Your tile should be chosen to fit the color scheme and décor of your kitchen. However, you do also need to consider choosing plain tiles; these are much easier to install for your first backsplash attempt.
You may also want to consider installing large tiles; these will cover the space quicker although mosaic ties are easier to cut to a specific shape or size.
It is important to measure the space that you intend to tile and work out how many tiles you need. You should always buy a few more than you need.
Get a Tile Cutter
It is almost guaranteed that you’ll need a tile cutter in order to get the arrangement you would like. You can get a manual snap cutter for very little. This will allow you to cut straight lines.
However, it should be noted that if you’re using glass or natural stones you’ll need a wet cutter.
Spacers Are Essential
If you’re hoping to have a balanced, even and professional look then you need to use tile spacers. This will ensure the gaps between each tile are the same.
Start Putting The Tiles Up
You’ll need tile adhesive. You can purchase readymade adhesive or powder that you mix up yourself. Both are effective.
This needs to be mixed first before you start putting your tiles into position. Don’t forget to remove any switch plates before you start tiling.
You need to start in the centre of your backsplash; this will ensure it looks balanced when you’re finished. You’ll need to measure the height and the width of your backsplash area in order to find the centre.
Now cover the wall with a thin layer of the tile adhesive. Don’t try to do all the backsplash in one go; just add enough tile adhesive to do 3 or 4 tiles.
Now place your first tile in the centre at the bottom of your backsplash area. Put a spacer to each side of it and then put a tile on the left and on the right. Continue until you reach the edge of the backsplash area; you may need to cut the outer tiles.
You can then move onto the next row and repeat; remembering to use spacers as you go.
Once the mortar has set you’ll be able to add grout between the tiles. This should be applied liberally and then wiped off to ensure every gap between tiles is evenly filled. Do not forget to clean excess grout using sponge or cleaning cloths. You can find good ones at Tiddox.