Tile Backsplash in Boston Massachusetts
Tiling a backsplash is always a nice way to spruce up the area above your countertops. Its also serves as a barrier for oil, sauces, and kitchen grime. The best thing you can do is buy some samples to bring home and match to your paint, countertops, and kitchen cabinets. Youll also want to measure the area youll be tiling , to choose wht looks best in the existing space you have. Once you have all that stuff figured out its time to start your layout, then install your tile.
The first thing you want to do is take all of your outlet covers off and cover your countertops with a dropcloth or some cardboard to protect them. Next , you want to measure the area your going to tile, so you can find the center of whichever wall your going to tile. You can do a dry layout meaning you can lay the tiles out on the countertop exactly where theyre going to go ,in order to see how it looks.
Next , you want to start with applying mastic or thinset a little at a time. Dont mastic the whole wall, only a small area to start. Most of the time your going to be using a v-notched trowel to spread your mastic. Make sure your bottom row of tiles or your first sheet of tiles is level or plumb. Thats one of the most important steps, because the rest of the tiles will be set off your first tiles. Allow proper drying time for your mastic or thinset to set before you grout.
Last, but not least, its time for the grout. Depending on the size of your tile youll either be using sanded or unsanded grout. You want to start by mixing a little water in a bucket with a few scoops of grout. You can hand mix it with a trowel to the consistency of peanut butter or whatever you find is comfortable to work with.Spead it into the joints with a rubber grout float on a 45* degree angle making sure its a uniform application in all the joints. After that, you want to sponge off the backsplash with some clean water and a new sponge. A haze will develop after that,which you can sponge off the same way making sure to always have clean water. When your done apply some grout sealer and invite your neighbors over!!Our team would be more than happy to come take a look at your current tile backsplash project and go over the options that would best fit your homes needs. Please feel free to call us today for a free estimate !!