How to Install Natural Stone Pebble Tiles

What You'll Need
Pebble tiles
Thinset mortar
Scissors or cutter
Grout float

Natural pebble tiles are good for both indoor and outdoor applications. The natural beauty provided by pebble tiles make them ideal for bathrooms, kitchen surfaces and other exterior surface within your home. The muted colors and contrasting shapes lend a nature-inspired theme to any surface inside and outside your home.

Remember to thoroughly clean and dry the application surface before proceeding. This will ensure that the mortar will firmly adhere to the surface, and result in more a efficient home improvement project. Natural pebble tiles come in 12 x 12 inch sections, that will make them easy to set over any type of surface.

Step 1 – Apply Thinset Mortar

Apply an even coat of thinset to the desired area, using a trowel. When working with large areas, it would be best to apply mortar to 1 section at a time.

Step 2 – Lay the Pebble Tiles

Lay the pebble tiles on the surface, 1 at a time. Press each tile firmly into position. Remember to interlock each tile from the side, to create a more natural look. Use scissors or a cutter to trim the mesh base, when a section of tile is desired to fill blank or small spaces within the area of application.

Step 3 – Leave to Dry

Leave the mortar to dry before proceeding to the next step. Waiting time may range between 24 to 48 hours. 

Step 4 – Seal the Pebble Tiles

Use a paintbrush to apply a sufficient coat of sealer to the natural pebble tiles. This will help ensure that the finish will not be stained with the grout pigment. Leave the sealant to dry according to the instructions stated on the packaging.

Step 5 – Apply Grout

Get a grout float, and apply liberal amounts of grout to all spaces in between the tile surface, and on the surrounding area. Press the mixed grout firmly, until all spaces are packed with grout. Wait for at least 20 to 30 minutes, to make sure that all the grout has set, then use a wet sponge to remove excess grout from the pebble tile surface. You may need to wipe the surface repeatedly, until all traces of grout have been removed from the surface ,and until the desired exposure of pebble tiles is achieved. This will result in a more natural and beautiful appearance. A stiff bristled brush can also be used to remove dry traces of grout from the surface. Wipe the surface with a wet sponge after using the brush, to safely remove any excess traces of grout.

Step 6 – Apply Sealant

Apply more sealant on the pebble tile surface. This can be done using a paintbrush. Make sure that all grout has completely dried before sealant application. Drying time for the grout may take at least 24 hours. Once sealant application has been completed, leave again to dry. 

Applying sealant is recommended to prevent stains from adhering to the stone surface. You may also apply natural tone color, or a shine enhancing formula, before applying a final coat of sealant, to create a glossy appearance.