How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash?

Want to update your kitchen? Adding a tile backsplash to your kitchen wall will surely serve this purpose quite well. In fact, it makes the boring cooking work lively. Next, the question comes is that what type of tile you will choose. Well, there are several options. For example, you can go for peel-and-stick tile or mosaics for easy installation. Whatever you may choose, the installation process isn’t something very easy.

To make it easy to understand, we’ve divided the whole procedure into three parts. In each part, we described the process step by step.

Materials

  • Tiles
  • TSP
  • Level
  • Unsanded white grout
  • Grout Boost and Grout float
  • Tile mortar (porcelain)
  • Grouting sponge
  • Tile trim
  • Notched tile trowel of ceramic
  • Spacer and
  • Tile cutter

Part 1: preparing the wall

Preparing the wall means making sure that the wall is clean and dry.

Step 1

First, turn off all the power sources in your kitchen. Now remove the switch plates in there’s any. Also, tape off the junction of the countertop and the wall, cabinet, and outlets. For better safety, remove the stove too.

Step 2

Now apply ledger board which is a sturdy piece of lumber. It works as a temporary support to the tiles until the cure of the adhesive. In addition to this, It also keeps the tiles level at the place with no countertop. Now Use a level to attach the ledger board.

Step 3

Now it’s time to clean the wall. First, Mix trisodium phosphate (TSP) with water and gently clean the wall. And you must follow the manufacturer’s instruction. Again, you can also use soft detergent afterward.

Step 4

Now observe the wall flatness of the wall. Then Fill the dips and ripples if the depth is more than 1/16 inch. Then Let the wall dry fully.

Part 2: planning the tile layout

You must provide a 1/8 inch gap at the junction of the cabinet and countertops.

Step 1

First, Point the center of the wall and draw a vertical line

Step 2

Now lay the tiles horizontally along the wall. Then Check the ends with the help of spacers. If the tiles are too narrow, then you need to adjust the pattern.

Step 3

Now you have to check the vertical layout.

First, find the lowest point of the countertop by using a level. Now hold a tile at that place. As mentioned above, keep an expansion gap of 1/8 inch. Now draw a line at the top with a level and then extend it throughout the area of work. So this line will work as the cutting guide.

Finally, make a jury stick to find where the tile ends at the top. Then Use tile sand spacer board to line a straight board.

Part 3: attaching the tile

This includes a lot of mixing and attaching work. So you must follow the manufacturer’s guide.

Step 1

First, Mix the adhesive that you’ve chosen and follow the directions. Now spread it on the wall at a small section as these adhesives dry quickly. Use a drywall trowel. Now using a notched trowel comb over it. But don’t cover the reference line with adhesive.

Step 2

Now press the tile with a twist. Again, keep the required 1/8 inch expansion gap. Then Use a rubber float and press it against the tile to set the adhesive.

Step 3

Now complete tiling the wall progressing toward each small section. Then Look whether the spacing is even or not. If you need to cut the extended edge of a tile, then use a tile cutter.

Step 4

Now feel the expansion gap using the unsanded grout.

First, spread the grout diagonally with a rubber float. Then Wait for about 10 minutes. Now use a sponge in the diagonal motion to wipe away extra grout as Diagonal motion protects the grout line. Also, don’t forget to rinse the sponge time to time. But don’t wipe the grout from the joints. Always apply light pressure.

Step 5

Now, wait for some time until the grout dries. Then spread grout sealer. Now fill the 1/8 inch expansion gap with silicone sealant or caulk.

Step 6

Finally, reset all the switches and outlets and check whether they adjust to the new set of tiles. Also, connect the stove and turn on the power.

Final verdict

​The success of installation largely depends on the right choice of materials. As you can see, it involves many delicate substances. So always be careful of safety issues. If you are not an expert, then it’s wise to work with someone who is experienced.

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