4 Basics in Order to Build and Install Your Mosaics Tiles

Mind is powerful, and when it comes to reach your dreams no one can stop you once you have decided what you truly want. When you think of a big aim or in our case a home or business project it is natural to think of all of the obstacles that will come on your way even before achieving it. Far too often we allow these difficulties to turn into a big overthinking state in our minds that it inhibits us from moving forward. At this point many decide to feel satisfied with poorness. On this particular section we would like to share the advantages of visualize your project before you actually have had accomplished it.

When it comes to setting up your mosaic tiles into a specific area such as a wall, backsplash, bathroom or even a pool, the process can get messy. Even though mosaic tiles can definitely add an outstanding look, FinishBuild would love to share a few tips that might make your tile installing process easier.

1. Sketch it

Visualize before you purchase tiles and start the installation process, it is a good indication to sketch, define color and patterns as well. Visiting a tile gallery or showroom and looking at design examples would be a delight if you are aware of what you want for your project. Are you in the mood of staying at home? No worries, try using an online-store to visualize mosaic tile and stone design options to help match potential color choices and visualize your plan. Simplify the process by imagine it first.

2. Size for Quality

Once you have settled the design you want and selected your mosaic tiles design, the next step is to carefully measure the space where the tile will be laid. Take into account that play wise is always a good strategy so, when purchasing we recommend to get some extra tiles in case of breakage, and so you have as many shade variations as possible.

3. When beginning

 Just before installing the tile you should clean up any grease splatters on the wall. Wipe the stains with a sponge dipped in a mixture of water and mild dishwashing liquid. If you have a lot of stains or they won’t come off, wipe on a paint deglosser, which is also known as liquid sandpaper, is a chemical mixture used to clean and remove the gloss from a painted surface prior to repainting.

Then mask off the adjacent areas and any upper items that will be near the tile installation process. Protection is vital to get a clean work result. Try to leave a ¼ inches gap between the wall and the tape for the tile. On this case newspaper are our best friends. Another tip to keep in mind is safety. By turning off power to the outlets in the wall and removing the cover plates you assure you work. Make sure the power is off with a non-contact voltage detector.

FinishBuild suggests that if the measurement process fails (breathe) there is no reason to abandon the installation process, by using leftover tiles and cutting mosaic tiles to fit around them is the wise solution. Another cool solution might be fixing a scrap piece of wood to the wall at the mark in between.

4. Consider options

Mosaic rolls are available nowadays. Sheets of mosaic tiles embrace the tiles together while allowing the adhesive to come into contact with the tile backs. Nevertheless, if a water-based adhesive was used to bond the mosaic tiles to the mesh backing, that adhesive could re-emulsify once submerged which means the mosaic tile will not be a good option for kitchens, bathrooms or pool areas. To avoid this, confirm mosaic tiles are suitable for submerged installations.

If you are in the mood of using regular mosaic tiles for ornamenting your home or business areas, consider using tile tape to create sheets of your own for a more well-organized setting up process.


Glass mosaic water-contact applications require a polymer modified mortars. Mortar is an adhesive which is made of cement, fine sand and a water retaining agent such as an alkyl derivative of cellulose. Generally it is used to attach tile or stone to surfaces such as cement or concrete. It is particularly popular among mosaics tiles for outdoor applications or to those that are in contact to splashes.

So, if you are planning on installing mosaic tiles on kitchen, bathroom or pool areas that are in contact with water splashes you might want to consider a mortar specifically formulated for compatibility with glass tile. Nevertheless, mortar’s color can disturb the look of clear or translucent glass mosaics. White mortars can provide a more pleasing and consistent appearance than other colors allowing mosaic tiles to maintain its natural luminosity.

Keep it Clean

According to BuildDirect, cleaning can be done with preventive simple steps. After installation, cleaning is very important do to the fact that some residues can remain on the mosaic surface, messing up the look of your mosaic tile, therefore a thoroughly scrubbing after installation without acidic cleaners can restitute your mosaic style. Subsequently when it comes to removing dirt and debris after installation, sweep away the chunks, then use water and a mild detergent to scrub the tiles. Even though if you are using natural cleaning products such as vinegar or a non-abrasive agent you might want to let the cleaning agent sit on the floors for about a couple of minutes, on the range of 6 o 10 minutes before scrubbing with the mop.

Calcium buildup, for example can occur on the tiles, so getting rid of those stubborn water lines is necessary to help your tiles shine. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water and scrub the area with a stiff sponge or scrub brush. Rubbing in a circular motion should help remove the marks.

Keep into account that any change starts on your mind, so whether you want to move out and start over or just replace an old sofa, you must imagine it first. Therefore rather than creating larger-than-life barriers in your mind and anticipating on everything that will hold you back, envision yourself victorious, nourish that idea every single day. According to Matt Mayberry the key is to make your positive vision stronger than anything that can set you back. Subsequently the more vivid you can get, the better it will work for you. As always we hope you have found useful tips for future projects.

“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose”

Bo Bennett

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