Installing Kitchen Glass Tile Backsplash

Installing a kitchen glass tile backsplash is important if you want to enhance the overall appearance of your kitchen wall. This becomes especially important if you are expecting guests to come over your house soon. The following are some of the things that you need to keep in mind if you finally decided to install a glass tile backsplash.

 

Materials

You need to prepare the following materials even before you start working on recreating your kitchen wall. Aside from saving you from a lot of headaches, this will help save you a lot of time. You may obtain most of these materials from your toolbox or the nearest hardware shop.

 

  • Glass tile squares
  • Glass tile corners
  • Glass tile snips
  • Wax pencil
  • Non sanded grout
  • Bucket
  • Mastic trowel
  • Grout sealer
  • Glass tile caps
  • Glass tile cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Mastic
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloth
  • Grout trowel

 

Do’s

  • You have to wear protective gear even before you start working on the glass tile backsplash. Most especially, you need to don safety glasses because of the phases involving the installation will include flying shards of glass and tiles.
  • The experts highly recommend you to use a wet saw to help you cut up the tiles. This will help minimize the amount of shards flying off from various directions as you cut the surface.
  • You are encouraged to use corners and caps on the exposed edges.

 

Warning

  • As much as possible, you should not handle the glass tiles using bare hands because the edges may cut through your skin.
  • In cutting the corners around the receptacles and the windows, you need to be careful to preserve the integrity of the tiles.

 

Preparation

You have to thoroughly clean the working surface and remove the dirt and oil from it. Right after washing the surface, you may take the necessary area measurements. This will help you save time in the long run.

 

Laying

You need to lay out the kitchen glass tile backsplash on flat surface to help you decide on the pattern that you want for your kitchen wall. You may mark the top part with chalk or pencil where you intend to place the tiles. If your wall has irregular surfaces, you may cut up the tiles to conform to the surface.

 

Spreading

Using a trowel, you should smoothly spread the mastic and push the glass tiles. While doing this, you should keep in mind that the tile spacers are adjacent to each other.

 

Finishing Touches

After 24 hours, you need to apply grout in between the tiles to help hold the tiles together for longer periods of time. You have to use a sponge to help clear off the grout film off the surface of the tiles.

 

These are simply some of the concepts that involve installing a kitchen glass tile backsplash. If you want to learn the intricacies of the art on a deeper level, you may continue to practice performing the task. Another way to learn is to have someone teach you more about this task.