How To Install Stainless Steel Mosaics
Stainless steel is a common material in many commercial kitchens, but has become a popular metal in residential kitchens as well. In order to keep the stainless steel looking pristine, many homeowners decide to install tiles on their kitchen backsplash. Stainless steel tiles can be installed just like any other type of tile, although many people decide to install them without grout lines. If you do want to use grout, be sure to use a sandless grout to avoid scratching the tile. Acrylic caulk can also be used instead of traditional grout. Before beginning this project, be sure to plan your pattern carefully. Be sure to allow for grout lines in your design if you plan on using them. Try to minimize the cuts required to finish the pattern. Use a circular saw with a blade designed to cut metal to trim any necessary tiles. When cutting stainless steel tiles for your kitchen backsplash, always cut with the front of the tile facing up. You can then use a metal file to smooth the edge of the cut.
Step 1-Apply a layer of tile adhesive to the area of the kitchen backsplash you wish to cover with a notched trowel. If the backsplash is large, apply tile adhesive to sections no larger than 15 square feet, add the tile, and then continue until the kitchen backsplash is completely covered. TIP: Tile adhesive is available in wet and dry formulas. Wet tile adhesive can be applied directly out of the bucket, while dry tile adhesive must be combined with water before use. If you mix your own adhesive, be sure to pay particular attention to the ratio of mix to water. Also, once the tile adhesive has been fully combined with the water it should be the consistency of peanut butter.
Step 2-Press the stainless steel tiles into the kitchen backsplash. If you wish to install the stainless steel tiles without any grout lines, press each tile into the adhesive so it is flush with the tiles next to it. Otherwise, use plastic tile spacers to ensure even grout lines between tiles.
Step 3-Continue working in sections until the kitchen backsplash is completely covered. If you installed the tile without grout lines, your job is complete. If there are grout lines, remove the plastic tile spacers and proceed to the next step.
Step 4-Allow the tile adhesive to cure for at least 24 hours. Apply a sandless grout to the tile, using a rubber float to force it into the channels. Allow the grout to dry for about 10 minutes, then buff the surface of the tile with a cloth to remove any haze from the grout. TIP: You can use an acrylic caulk instead of sandless grout for this step. To apply, use a caulk gun to apply the caulk into the grout lines. Then smooth the bead of caulk using your finger to create a lightly concave shape. Avoid smearing caulk on the surrounding tiles.
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