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How to Lay Marble Mosaic Tiles

From£º Date£º4/13/2017

Creating mosaics with colored tiles or stones is an ancient decorative craft which survives today and is popular all around the world. Mosaic is a simple and unique way to brighten a space and to vary its color and texture, as well as to tell a story or re-create a favorite pattern or motif. Mosaic tiles made of marble are especially durable and easy to install, and suitable for use indoors or out.

A mosaic rich in color works best as a design element when limited to a small area, such as an entryway, countertop, or kitchen backsplash. To begin your marble mosaic project, look for references of appealing designs and colors in books and literature, online, and through suppliers. Once you have an idea of your desired design, talk with a mosaic tile supplier about your options. Alternatively, you may prefer to purchase the tiles and lay out the design yourself.

After you've settled on a layout and a method, you'll need to prepare the surface that you intend to tile. Remove any electrical outlet covers. Clean and sand the surface thoroughly, and clean your mosaic with a dry cloth. If you will be laying the mosaic tile-by-tile, use a plumb level and pencil to mark guidelines. If you will be laying a sheet, mark the centerline with a pencil.

If you are laying a sheet of tiles, use a notched trowel to spread latex-modified thin-set mortar across the surface, being conscious of any lines that you've marked. If applicable, remove the paper backing away from the mosaic and brush away any excess glue. Starting from the center of the sheet, lay the mosaic sheet into the thin-set mortar slowly and carefully, being conscious of shifting tiles. If you are laying mosaic tiles one-by-one, spread the thin-set mortar over a small section of the surface, being conscious of your pencil lines. Spread a thin layer of mortar on the back of each tile and set in place according to your design. Work section by section until the mosaic is complete. In either case, step back from the mosaic once in a while during the process to ensure that tiles are aligned properly and to make any adjustments. Once the mosaic has been laid, place a wood block over the newly installed tiles and tap with a wooden mallet to set them firmly into place. Trim tiles as necessary with tile nippers. Some tile sheets have a paper fronting, remove this after setting the tile in the mortar.

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