How to Install a Mosaic Glass Tile Backsplash How to Install a Mosaic Glass Tile Backsplash

What You'll Need
Glass tiles
Thinset mortar
Epoxy grout
Tile saw
Razor knife
V-notched trowel
Dust mask
Rubber gloves
Clean water

With the advent of the glass mosaic tile trend in homes, many people are looking for ways to install a mosaic glass backsplash in their kitchen or bathroom. The installation of mosaic glass tile is much the same as installing regular tile. It is a time consuming task that requires a little experience.

Step 1: Gather your supplies and tools

Select the size, type and style of mosaic glass tile you would like for your backsplash, the thinset mortar, the grout, and all the equipment that will be required for the job. Glass tile usually comes with a layer of paper attached to the design side of the tile. You will need to leave the paper on while installing the tiles.

Step 2: Preparations

Apply the thinset mortar to the wall using the trowel. The notched side of the trowel will be used to spread the mortar, which will help you to keep the application even and provide full coverage.

Step 3: Setting the Mosaic Glass Tile

Cut in between the tiles to fit using a razor knife. If the tiles need to be cut to fit, you will use the tile saw. Place the tiles in their location on the backsplash and lightly press them into the thinset. Make sure that each section or tile is pressed onto the wall with equal pressure and that they sit evenly against the wall. Work with an area that you will be able to set up properly in no more than 5 minutes, as you don't want the mortar to start drying before you are able to get the tiles in place.

Let the tiles dry for 45 minutes. If the tiles do not shift when you put slight pressure on them, you can apply a damp sponge to the tiles to get the backing paper damp enough to remove.

Allow the tiles and mortar to dry for 24 hours or longer. At that point, you can use a damp sponge to clean up any dirt or residue from the backing paper.

Step 4: Applying the Grout

Epoxy grout is best for a newly installed mosaic glass tile backsplash.

Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that you have enough to grout the entire backsplash without having to stop to mix more. The grout should be a thick paste consistency. Leave the grout to sit for approximately 10 minutes.

At the 10 minute time period, put your dust mask and rubber gloves on and start applying the grout. Using your hands, apply a handful of grout to the backsplash and work it into the blank spaces that are between each of the glass tiles by rubbing in a circular motion. When you have all the spaces completely filled with grout, let it set for 5 to 10 minutes.

Dampen the sponge in clean water and gently wipe the excess grout from the glass tiles. Wait 5 minutes, and then clean again. Continue these processes until the tiles are clean of all the excess grout and the top and corners are visible. Make sure that you don't remove the grout that is between the tiles. Leave the tiles and grout to dry completely.

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