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Mosaic Tiling Tips

1. Ensure you use the correct trowel when fixing mosaic tiles this helps avoid excessive adhesive being applied and oozing out of the joints during the tiling process.

2. Use a grout float to press the mosaic sheets evenly into the adhesive this ensures good adhesion. Clean any adhesive that may be on the face of the mosaic with a damp sponge during this process.

3. Fix a small area to start with and check the finish is within your expectations before you proceed with the rest of the project.


Mosaic Wall Tiles Tiling Tips
Tool Checklist

* Spirit level/Straight edge
* Battens
* Trowels (gauging & notched)
* Grout float or grout squeegee
* Tile cutters (Mosaic Nippers)
* Tile scriber/combination cutter
* Tile rubbing block
* Tile saw
* Hammer
* Nails
* Sponge
* Tape measure
* Tile trim
* Spacers
* Pencil
* Gloves
* Safety glasses
* Clean, dry, soft cloth

Tile Calculator
One of the easiest methods for estimating how many tiles / mosaic sheets you need is to measure the height of the wall and the height of your tiles / sheets, alternatively use our Tile Calculator. You can then estimate how many tiles will be needed to go up the wall (count half tiles / sheets as full ones). Do the same for the width of the wall, then multiply the numbers. This will give you the number of tiles / sheets needed to tile the wall you have measured. Work your way around the room and adjust the amount for windows, doorways.

Mosaic Border Tiles
If you are putting a mosaic border around the room, to calculate the number of border tiles needed, measure the perimeter of the room and divide by the length of your tile to get the quantity of tiles. Add on an extra tile for each internal and external corner, this will allow for wastage on cut tiles. Always purchase your mosaics in one batch and work from several boxes to achieve a good blend of shading.

Surface Preparation
Make sure that walls are smooth, any cracks have been filled and the substrate can support the weight of the chosen mosaic finish.

Setting Out
  As a general rule, tiling should be set out from the centre of the wall. This means that there are two options:
1. either the centre of the tile in the centre of the wall, or
2. the centre joint between the two tiles / sheets positioned either side of the centre line.


Mosaic Floor Tiles Tiling Tips
Tool Checklist

* Spirit level
* Chalk line
* Straightedge
* Setsquare
* Plywood (if the floor needs lining)
* Trowels (gauging and notched)
* Grout float/squeegee
* Tile cutters/Mosaic nippers
* Tile rubbing block
* Sponge
* Tape measure
* Tile saw
* Spacers
* Pencil
* Clean, dry, soft cloth

Tile Calculator
There are many different types of floor mosaics available, such as ceramic, porcelain, marble, slate and travertine. Mosaic Floor tiles are generally thicker and larger than mosaic wall tiles.

One of the easiest methods for estimating how many tiles / mosaic sheets you need is to measure the floor area in one direction. You can then estimate how many tiles / sheets will be needed to go across the floor (count half tiles / sheets as full ones). Do the same for the other direction of the floor and the width of the tile. Then multiply the numbers, alternatively use our Tile Calculator at the top. This will give you the total number of tiles / sheets needed to tile the floor area. Purchase some extra tiles / sheets to allow for wastage (we recommend an extra 10%).

Always purchase your mosaic tiles in one batch and work from several boxes to achieve a good blend of shading.

Surface Preparation
All floors must be level and free of any movement when walked on. Check the floor tolerances using a straight edge. Lay at various points around the floor. Ideally, there should be no more than a 3mm gap under a 2m straightedge. The maximum tolerance is 6mm. Uneven solid surfaces should be levelled with a levelling compound such as BAL Acrybase (except timber floors). Surfaces must be smooth, flat and free from any dirt or grease.

Setting Out
  As a general rule, tiling should be set out from the centre of the floor. This means that there are two options:
1. either the centre of the tile in the centre of the floor, or
2. the centre joint between the two tiles / sheets positioned either side of the centre line.


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