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How To Install a Tile Backsplash

Protect your kitchen tile by installing a backsplash that will add a dramatic focal point and make cleaning a snap.


  • Step 1: Continue laying tiles, working in small sections, inserting spacers between the tiles.
  • Step 2: Remove the spacers as the mastic dries. Use your grout float to spread grout over the tile, getting into the spaces between the tiles.
  • Step 3: Wipe off the excess grout with a clean, wet sponge. If the sponge gets gummy, get a new one to avoid hard-to-remove residue. Then caulk around the tile's border, wait a day for everything to dry, and enjoy.
  • FACT: Wall tiles were first made in Syria and Persia prior to the 13th century.
  • Step 4: Measure around your cabinets, outlets, and windows. Then put on your goggles and score and cut the tiles with your tile saw and nippers.
  • TIP: Use a level to ensure symmetry.
  • Step 5: Choose your tile based on your kitchen design and size. Options range from Old World ceramic tile to modern subway tiles to recycled glass tile.
  • TIP: A decorative tile centerpiece above the stovetop adds eye-catching appeal to a larger kitchen.
  • Step 6: Cover your countertops with a drop cloth and wash the area with warm, soapy water.
  • Step 7: Measure your area and determine the center. Apply the mastic to the wall with the notched trowel and lay the first tile in the center. Gently twist the tile as you set it against the wall to ensure mastic coverage. Place spacers in each tile corner.
  • Step 8: Measure the length and width of your backsplash area. Determine the square footage by multiplying these together.

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