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How to Install Mesh Backed Mosaic Tiles – A Step-By-Step Guide

  • April 28, 2017

At Atlas Ceramics, the majority of our ever popular mosaic tiles come pre-backed on a mesh; this enables the installer of the mosaics to do the following:

  • Install the mosaics quickly and easily.
  • If working in a smaller area or for a border like design – the mesh is easily cut using a utility knife (with the mesh facing up), or with a pair of scissors (tiles facing up).
  • The installer will not have to worry about the straightness of the individual tiles as much as they would have done should the mesh not be present.

Mesh on reverse of a mosaic sheet

The following steps will take you through the basics of installing a mesh backed mosaic:

Tools Required:

Step 1.

Ensure that the substrate is prepared for installation (Clean, dry and free from Dust & Debris).

Instructions on the back of an adhesive bag

Step 2.

Mix your flexible adhesive following direction from the manufacturer; this is generally on the bag.

Step 3.

Once mixed – apply the adhesive to the substrate using a V-Notched trowel.

Step 4.

Using the flat side of the trowel, smooth out all of the ridges in order to achieve a consistent and even 1/8” thick coverage approximately.

Step 5.

Apply your mosaic tiles into the freshly troweled adhesive. Remember to do this MESH SIDE DOWN!

Step 6

Using your rubber grout float (or an equivalent); gently press the tile into the adhesive and flatten sheets to each other to ensure contact.


Step 7.

Give the adhesive time to set – ensure this is done in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Step 8.

Hydro Cleaning Sponge

Clean any excess adhesive with a damp sponge; wipe away any haze that may have remained.

Step 9.

After 24 hours, mix your grout (again in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines),

Apply the grout to the tile openings between the tiles.

Work in sections – removing excess with a damp sponge as you go.

Step 10.

Polish off any remaining haze with a dry cloth or towel.

Follow these steps and there is no reason why your mosaic installation should be anything other than a success.

If you have any questions regarding this guide, the products mentioned or anything else, please feel free to get in touch , our team are on hand to answer your questions.

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