How to Make Mosaic Tiles Work Better in a Bathroom

Posted on: 4 August 2020

If you install mosaic tiles, either on your floor or walls, then you turn your tiles into a design centrepiece. These tiles have a practical purpose, but they also enable you to create striking and unusual effects.

Some people particularly like these tiles in the bathroom or wet room environments. You can install mosaics across both your floor and walls for a seamless overall effect. Or, you can turn your floor or one wall into a design piece.

Whatever your plans, it's important to plan mosaic tiles carefully in these rooms. Your tiles will have to live in a damp and humid environment. What should you look out for?

Choose the Right Material

Mosaic tiles come in various materials. If you'll install these tiles in your bathroom, then it's important to choose a material that has some waterproofing. Your tiles need some protection against this environment.

So, it's best to avoid materials that are porous. For example, a porous stone tile will absorb moisture, which is exactly what you don't want to happen. So, non-porous tiles, such as products made from porcelain, are a better option.

It's also important to choose a material that has some slip resistance. If you install glass mosaics on a floor, then you may slide around on them after a bath or shower when the tiles get wet or damp. It's more sensible to use tiles that give you some grip.

Choose the Right Grouting Solution

Unlike regular tiles, mosaics tend to be smaller. You often use a lot of small tiles to create a design or picture, for example.

The more tiles you have, the more grout you'll have on your floors and walls. This increases the amount of cleaning you'll have to do in your bathroom, especially as the grout ages and become harder to keep clean.

As well as thinking about how many tiles you'll use, it's wise to think about grout colour at this stage. For example, grout that matches your tile colours is sometimes a good bet. It blends in better and is less likely to show dirt.

Plus, it's also a good idea to seal your grout when you have put it in. This seal gives the grouting an extra protective coating that prevents dirt from embedding in it; it also makes tiles easier to keep clean.

To find out more about mosaic tiles and how they can transform your bathroom, talk to local tile suppliers or installers.


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