Installing marble backsplash
When using a marble backsplash, most of the tools used to install this material are the same as the other stone installations. And before the installation, you need to measure all areas to be tiled and calculate square footage. Whether you are working with a solid slab marble backsplash or individual tiles, the process will be the same.
Step 1: Prepare the surface
First, you need to ensure that the back of the backsplash and walls are clean. If you are working on new drywall or an empty wall, you can clean the area with a cloth. If you are removing your old backsplash material, you can use a 5-in-1 tool. After removing tiles, scrape off any adhesive that remains and if there are any holes and cracks you need to patch them to create a solid surface for new tiles.
Step 2: Sand the wall
Before attaching the tiles, the surface needs to be smooth. Sand the area with sandpaper to create a uniform surface. Then vacuum the area with a sponge.
Step 3: Seal the wall
A simple sealer-primer will do the job for this step. It is a good idea to create a thin barrier between the wall and the backsplash. Now you are ready to install the tiles.
Step 4: Plan the tile layout
If you are working with tiles, find a center point to install them. This way the pattern of the tiles looks beautiful as you want.
Step 5: Tile the backsplash
Mix the tile adhesive according to manufacturer directions and spread a small part of the wall. If you spread the adhesive to all surfaces, it dries quickly. Then press the first piece of your backsplash and Press against it with a rubber float to seat it in the adhesive. Repeat this procedure until covers all surfaces.
Step 6: Seal marble before grouting
Marble is a porous material, and it can absorb liquids easily. So, it is important to seal it before the grouting. Pour a stone sealer onto a soft cotton rag and rub all surfaces of the tiles.
Step 7: Apply the grout
Check the directions about the grout and mix it. Then apply it diagonally across tiles with a rubber float. Wait 10-15 minutes and wipe the area with a sponge. Diagonal motion is important to protect the grout lines.
Step 8: Seal the grout
After the grout dries, check the manufacturer’s instructions on your grout sealer then apply it. After the sealing, if there are any expansion gaps, you can fill them with a silicone sealant.