Last Updated on February 18, 2023 by Tabraiz
When choosing the right backsplash to go in your kitchen or bathroom, there are many different options out there. One option that many people turn to nowadays is peel and stick tile, but do you know what it takes to buy these types of tiles? Below are some things you should know when it comes to self stick backsplash tiles so you can make an informed decision next time you’re ready to make a purchase.
1) Different Types of Peel and Stick Tiles
There are two types of peel and stick backsplash tiles available, self-stick backsplash tiles, and peel-and-stick composite tiles. Self-stick backsplash tiles are often made with vinyl or polyester materials that have an adhesive backing on them which can be peeled off the sheet for installation.
This type of tile is ideal for quick installations as it doesn’t require any other materials like grout. It’s also easier to change your design if you’re not happy with it down the road. However, because there’s no spacing between each individual tile, some people find that they show dirt more than others.
Peel-and-stick composite tiles provide a more realistic appearance because they’re 3D and actually look like real tiles once installed. They’re also more expensive than their counterparts but offer a much higher quality product that won’t peel away from the surface (unless you want them too).
2) Cleaning Tips
No matter what tile you choose for your kitchen or bathroom, it will be important to clean them regularly. You can use the same cleaning methods for peel-and-stick tiles that you would for any other type of tile.
You’ll want to avoid using abrasive cleaners on the surface, though, as they may scratch or damage the coating. These tiles are not made to withstand heavy duty scrubbing and need only occasional gentle wiping with soapy water or a wet rag. If you’re cooking with grease, try putting down an old dishcloth between the tile and stove top before preparing food; this will help absorb excess oil before it has a chance to soak into the pores of the stone.
Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles are great for small kitchens or areas in your home that need a quick update. Though they’re durable, they aren’t recommended for high traffic areas since the adhesive can wear off over time.
This also means it’s important to purchase the right type of peel-and-stick tile for the location you plan on using it in. If you do want to use these as your main backsplash, there are two types: Peel-and-stick vinyl tile and peel-and stick composite tiles. The vinyl is more durable than the composite but both have high gloss 3D appearance with easy installation.
4) Fixing Peel and Stuck Tiles
Peel-and-stick tile is always susceptible to peeling up. The best way to fix this problem is by using the right adhesive. You can use white, clear, or rubber cement for this purpose. Apply the adhesive on the bottom of the tile carefully with a small brush or your fingers.
Wait for it to dry before installing it again. Use a damp cloth to clean off any excess glue that oozes out from under the tiles. Do not peel off these tiles and start over. We recommend installing them in an area where they will be less likely to see excessive wear such as behind kitchen cabinets, under counters, or in entryways.
5) Groutless Tile Installation
Grout less tile installation is an easy way to save time and money. Instead of grouting, you can use spacers at the joints between tiles. Spacers are typically placed every inch on flooring installations, but they may need to be spaced more closely together for smaller spaces. This will depend on the individual product specifications, as well as your application’s needs.
#1 – Groutless tile installation provides a clean and seamless look when finished with no grout lines in sight.
#2 – You don’t have to worry about how to fix grout lines if you ever decide it’s time for a change or if you’re having issues with color bleeding from one space onto another.