How To Lay Mosaic Tile On A Floor

Posted on: 4 February 2015


Mosaic tiles allow you to create extravagant and luxurious patterns on your floors. The tiles come in many different colors, sizes, and designs that you can arrange to create the look you want. You'll want to take the time to properly lay out your design and carefully install the tiles. Here is how you can lay down mosaic floor tiles.

You Will Need:

  • Mosaic Tiles
  • Thin-set Mortar
  • Grout
  • Tape Measure
  • Carpenter Pencil
  • Five-Gallon Bucket
  • Trowels
  • Tile Saw
  • Tile Nippers
  • Tile Sealer

Measure Room

You will need to know the square footage of the room to know the proper amounts of the materials listed above which you will have to buy for your mosaic tile job. You determine the square footage by measuring the width and length of the floor in feet—rounding off any measurements to the next nearest foot mark. Multiply the length by the width to get the total square footage for the room.

Plan Design

As well as you can, draw the design on a piece of paper so you have a working idea of how much of each tile style type you are going to need. You can now purchase your supplies.

Lay-Out Design

Place the tiles on the floor in the arrangement you want before you put the thin-set mortar on the floor. Outline the areas where the different types of tile will go with your carpenter's pencil.

Mix Thin-Set

Mix the thin-set mortar with water in a five-gallon bucket. The consistency of the mixture should be comparable to peanut butter or a thick pancake mixture. Place the thin-set in one area you have marked out at a time. Place the tiles you want to use in that area and allow it to dry—follow the drying directions on the thin-set mortar packaging you've bought.

Doing the Edges

Tiles placed along the edge of the walls usually need to be cut down to size in order to fit into the pattern properly. If you are using 3"x3" tiles or larger, you want to use a tile saw; but if you are using less than 3"x3" tiles, you can use a tile nippers to cut the tiles to size.

Grouting Tiles

Place grout in the spaces between the tiles. The grout will help to hold the tiles in place and prevent debris from building up between the tiles. You will want to wait until you can safely walk on the floor before you use the grout (after the thin-set has dried so the tiles don't shift as you walk on them).

Tile Sealer

You can use a tile sealer to help keep the tiles and grout clean. A non-slippery seal will help prevent any slip and fall accidents while walking over the tiles when they get wet. You are done once you have placed the tile sealer down on the floor.

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