How to lay out a mosaic in the bathroom with your hands

You will need
  • – sandpaper;
  • – primer;
  • – glue;
  • – serrated spatula;
  • – rubber roller;
  • – bucket;
  • – rubber spatula;
  • – grout.

Mosaic is produced by manufacturers usually in the form of sheets, with small tiles on them. Sheets can be of paper, or mesh. In the first case, the decorative element will have to be glued with paper outside, so that it can be removed later. In the second – the mosaic is attached directly to the wall or floor.
The surface must be smooth and smooth (without rough/recesses) because the mosaic has small dimensions. Even the smallest crease will negatively affect the quality of the work. At the beginning, it is necessary to polish the wall with a sandcloth (if there are hollows on the wall – putty them with tile adhesive). Once the material has dried, it is necessary to skin the surface again.


Treat the surface with a deep penetration primer and wait until the composition withers. For quality mosaic attachment, do not try to use standard tile adhesive. The decorative element is mounted against the wall using a special composition (Bergauf Mosaik, Ceresit).


Place the sheets on the floor, make the necessary measurements, then place the exact markings on the surface where you want to lay out the mosaic. To do the work you will need: a serrated spatula with 3 mm teeth, a rubber roller and a bucket to prepare a solution. Spread the glue with water, according to the instructions, let it stand a little and stir the composition again.


Apply with a serrated spatula on a section of the wall adhesive mortar (roughly corresponding to a sheet of mosaic). Take a sheet of material and attach it to the treated area, align it, then press thoroughly to the wall, ironing the mosaic surface with a rubber roller. Do everything carefully so as not to shift the individual tiles on the sheet.


First rows try to lay out very precisely by markup, as further work and end result will depend on this. Aim to put each sheet out from the first time (if the base on which the tiles are glued, the second time nothing will work).


Once finished laying out, give a little time to grab the glue (minutes 30-40). If you work with mosaic on paper, take a sponge, moisten it with water and wipe the surface, impregnating the base. Then hook up the end of the paper and try to gently unglue it. You need to unstick all the paper from the surface. Immediately check the uniformity of the lined mosaic (if you find shifts, correct them immediately until the glue is finally dry).


After 2-3 days, when the fastening material drains thoroughly, you can start grout. You need to do this with a rubber spatula, as you can damage the mosaic if you work with a metal product. Fill all seams on the surface evenly. Remove extra grout immediately with diagonal movements using a rubber spatula. Allow to dry a little grout (1-1.5 hours), then wipe the surface with a damp sponge, and then polish the surface with a soft rag to shine.
The mosaic, lined with its own hands, will become the centerpiece of the bathroom interior.

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