How To Install New Tile Backsplash

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you might want to install new marble tile backsplash. This can make a drastic difference in your kitchen without costing too much time or money. Here are some tips for installing new tile backsplash. 

Remove the Existing Tiles

Before you can install a new tile backsplash, you will need to remove the old tiles. You can do this by removing the tiles one-at-a-time using a flat pry bar. Place the flat end under one of the tiles, either on the side or near one of the corners of the tile. Gently lift it so you can remove the tile from the wall. You want to remove the tile without breaking it into a bunch of pieces and without gouging a hole in the wall. It might help to first grab underneath the tile with the pry bar, then use a hammer to gently apply pressure in order to remove it.

Prepare the Wall

Once you have removed all of the tiles, dispose of them and start preparing the wall. Your wall will need to be cleaned thoroughly, starting by removing any mortar that was left on the wall after removing the tiles. A wide-blade scraper should allow you to scrape all the old mortar. If there are any holes or cracks in the wall, fill them with thin-set mortar and smooth out the surface. Wait for this to dry. Your surface should be smooth and flush without any holes remaining before you start adding the new tiles.

Get the Tiles Ready

If you are not using the same type and size of tile for your kitchen's backsplash, you first need to lay them out. In order to find out if they will fit correctly, measure your wall where the backsplash will go and use those measurements to trace the size and shape of the wall area on cardboard. You can lay the tiles on the cardboard and see exactly what tiles should be cut. Cut them using a wet saw or a manual tile cutter.

Add the Tiles

To add the tiles to the new backsplash, apply more mortar to the wall, one section at a time. Avoid covering the entire wall with mortar as some might dry before you finish adding the tiles. Working on one small section at a time, apply the mortar, then press the tiles firmly on the mortar. Once all of the tiles have been applied to the wall, wait for the mortar to cure. You can now use grout to fill in any joints.