What Are Some Tips on Installing Self-Stick Ceramic Tiles to Cover Walls?


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When installing self-stick ceramic tiles to cover walls, wash down the wall with warm, soapy water, and then dry thoroughly. Use putty to correct any cracks or uneven portions of the wall before applying the tiles.

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Not every surface is ideal for the application of self-stick ceramic tiles. They work well on wallpaper, mirrors, acrylic paneling, linoleum and gypsum wood that painted at least 21 days previously. They do not work on surfaces that are naturally dusty or porous. These include stucco, brick, stone, unfinished gypsum or plaster, and unpainted plywood. While they work on smooth, ceramic surfaces, any surfaces with deep joints or thick reliefs do not hold self-stick ceramic tiles.

Location matters when applying self-stick ceramic tiles. Don't place them in a location where they are submerged in water; do not apply them in the shower. They are not for use as a work surface, so countertops and floors are not ideal places for self-stick ceramic tiles. They are also not appropriate ceiling coverings.

Self-stick ceramic tiles are popular for use as a kitchen backsplash as of 2015. They often appear behind sinks or stoves, and they come in various colors and designs. Self-stick tiles are also available in faux-metal patterns that pair well with reclaimed wood furniture or glass mosaic tiles that bring a pop of color to a kitchen with muted or cream-colored cabinets.

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