Mosaic tiles look beautiful in rooms with high humidity. It is not difficult to glue a mosaic, but this work requires observance of certain rules, so that the look of the finish is neat. To work with mosaic tiles are high requirements relating to the reliability of the adhesion of the mosaic elements to the base.
Mosaic tiles are ideal for rooms with high humidity.
Before you glue the tile with a mosaic, you need to prepare the wall, purchase quality material, the necessary tools and make the right choice of the adhesive.
This will help to protect yourself from the peeling of the coating. When buying a mosaic, they acquire 10% more of the required quantity in the stock, in order to have enough material to correct mistakes and carry out minor repairs in further operation.
Quality and expensive mosaic can become a decoration of the kitchen, bathroom or toilet, if you observe the technology when installing it. Only with this condition can you get an excellent result.
Tools for laying mosaic tiles.
Before gluing the tile, it is necessary to prepare the working surface of the wall. The work begins after the ideal alignment of the wall area, designed for finishing works. If a large tile can hide small irregularities of the wall, then the small squares of the mosaic do not have this ability because of the small area and emphasize all the irregularities.
When buying a tile mosaic, pay attention to the manufacturer and the material from which it is made. Famous manufacturers make it from glass, ceramics or natural stone. On sale, you can find a fake made of epoxy. In a hand-crafted party, the colors of the mosaic will differ so much from each other that on the wall it will all look untidy. Even in the products of well-known manufacturers of tiles in one batch, the modules slightly differ in color.
Tiles from the manufacturer are delivered in the form of small modules, pasted on paper or transparent polyethylene film, with which it is more convenient to work. Paper prevents you from seeing errors and does not allow you to withstand even seams between modules and inside them. The resulting work may look divided into separate squares, which will give it a careless and untidy look.
When working with modules covered with paper, it is necessary to remove it immediately after gluing and carefully align the plates. The paper is best cleaned after sticking 6 modules, after wetting the surface with a wet rag. Taking the paper from the corners, it is carefully separated from the base. It is necessary to watch, that thus pieces of a mosaic did not move.
Mount the tile is best with a special glue.
For work you will need:
- Spatula simple wide.
- Spatula with serrated edges.
- Rubber roller for wallpapering.
- Glue for working in wet rooms.
Premises with a high level of moisture require finishing materials that have high water-repellent properties. Conventional cement mortars for mosaic laying are not always suitable. The solution darkens when interacting with moisture, the color of the finish changes. To increase the water-repellent properties of the solution, special hydrophobic compounds that do not absorb moisture should be added to it.
Layout of tiling on the floor.
It is best in this situation to use a glue specially designed for this job.
Glutinous solution must have strengthened fixation and increased hydrophobic indexes. It should create a strong adhesion of the cladding to the base and have elasticity, which allows to lay the mosaic on curved surfaces.
On sale you can find a special glue for glass mosaic. It has a white color, which does not give the mosaic coating unwanted shades.
Apply glue to the wall first smooth, and then a notched trowel with a small tooth 3-4 mm. The glue is applied in parts to the working area. This prevents it from drying out and deteriorating the quality of the bonding. The solution should be a dense consistency, so that the tile is stable and does not slip when working.
Instruction for gluing
Starting to glue the mosaic is recommended from the most prominent place on the wall, gradually moving from the center to the periphery.
Before gluing the mosaic, divide the wall surface into flat squares, the dimensions of which correspond to the modules. The surface must be flat, clean and dry. This will help to perfectly conduct all the stages of finishing work.
On the wall surface, equal to 6 modules, apply a uniform layer of glue. After processing the section of the wall, apply the adhesive evenly on the back of the tile with an even spatula. The side with the pasted paper is the front.
Treated module glued to the wall as soon as possible, because the solution dries very quickly. The module is leveled, the flatness of all the lines is checked, then tightly pressed with a trowel or a rubber roller intended for gluing the wallpaper. This work must be done in order to make the surface of the tile perfectly smooth. Particular attention is drawn to the junction of two separate mosaic sheets. Perform a tapping to get rid of the air bubbles remaining between the tile and the mortar.
After the tile has been glued to the mosaic at a specified area of the wall, remove the paper and check the seams. If necessary, correct errors and only then move on to the next square.
After the modules have been laid, allow the work to dry. The time of this process is indicated by the manufacturer on the box.
When the glue hardens, begin grouting the seams. On the mosaic apply a uniform layer of putty, designed for seams, and rub it over the entire surface. When the putty dries, wipe the mosaic with a damp rag.