ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Tile Without Thin-Set or Mortar

Updated on December 8, 2011
Source


Creating a beautiful mosaic on a wall or adding tile to a wall or floor can quickly turn into a project with more work than you anticipated. Mixing and troweling messy mortar or tile adhesive is a job in itself. Although long touted as a beginner’s do-it-yourself project, tiling can be difficult. It takes a special touch and a knack for applying adhesive evenly to a substrate and then quickly setting the tiles and spacers. Unfortunately, many times the tile job does look like a do-it-yourself project. Tiling no longer requires messy mortar or thin-set adhesive with an adhesive tile mat.

Measure the area you wish to tile.

Cut the self-adhesive tile mat to match the measurement with a utility knife. Use a framing square as a guide for long straight lines.

Peel the protective film back three or four inches beginning at the edge of the mat.

Line up the edge of the mat with the edge of the backsplash, wall or floor. Press the mat to the substrate to achieve a bond.

Reach under the mat and continue to pull the film off the back. As you peel away the protective film, rub your hand over the tile mat to gain good adhesion.

Roll a hard roller over the mat.

Cut the next section, peel the protective film and set it tightly abutted to the first section with overlapping. Roll a hard roller over the second section. Continue to cut, peel and set the self-sticking mat until you cover the substrate you are tiling.

Dry lay the tiles and make cuts as needed with a tile snap-cutter, tile nippers or a wet saw.

Peel the protective film layer off the front of the tile mat. Peel the film off the mats that you will be able to set the tiles on that day.

Place the tile in position on the mat and run your hand over the tile, place a spacer and set the next tile. Keep placing tiles and spacers until the area is covered in tile. If a tile is not set properly, wedge a putty knife under the edge of the tile, lift it off and reposition it.

Mix grout and water in a bucket. Pick up the wet grout on a grout float and spread the grout over the spaces between the tiles. Press the grout into the spaces to fill them. Immediately wipe the tiles with a damp sponge to remove grout from the tile face.

Done! Half the time and half the mess.

Tile mats are made by Bondera. You can set tile on an entire wall, create a mosaic, tile a floor or tile half a wall with full size tiles or small tile.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Escapes profile image
      Author

      Escapes 6 years ago

      These mats work really well, more expensive than thinset, but if you are looking to save time and a mess -- well worth it.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad to learn about this method as I have projects I want to do. Don't mind the messiness, but the time is another issue altogether. Thanks!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)