Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 260
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JP Makes Tiling Completely Easy!
We loved this project - we had wanted to do a tile back splash in our kitchen however neither of us had ANY experience with tiling, grouting etc. we found a video online that talked about using adhesive strips and this was the one we could find in our home depot so we bought it and went to work. If the tile is at all wet it will not stick to the walls - so make sure your tiles are completely dry. Also be totally sure about your placement because once you stick the sheet to the wall its staying there! This product also comes in a roll - though they work exactly the same (we had to use both because our home depot only had one package of the squares) the roll is much more difficult to navigate as it does not have paper on both sides making it much more difficult to cut. After placing the tile up and grouting you can't tell the difference between using the strips and our friends professionally installed tile! Overall we were very happy and if you have any issues there are lots of videos online and youtube to help with installing these things.
April 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AA3516 Clean
My husband use this to put up some mosaic tiles in our bathroom. It was clean and easy to go up.
April 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cyriss Avoid these mistakes and it works flawlessly!
We installed mosaic tile (containing glass, stone, and metal tiles) as backslpash in our kitchen. Being that my husband and I have never done tile or grouting before, I was SO excited that a YouTube video turned us on to the existence of Simplemat after watching the nasty process and long wait time of mastic. Skeptical (and completely clueless), I googled all the reviews I could find and watched several YouTube videos. Here are the DOs and DON'Ts we used in our installation compiled from the experiences of others. Not to say there isn't a different or better way, but this worked flawlessly or us:
1. Use the Simplemat sheets and not the roll. WHY? The sheets have plastic on both sides that makes it super easy to cut and keeps it from drying out. The roll only has plastic on one side; not user friendly (tends to stick to itself and is impossible to unstick); scissors & hands get covered in super stickiness. The sheet are more expensive per sqft, but seemed to be worth it.
2. Prep the wall by washing with damp clot and allowing to dry COMPETELY or Simplemat won't stick.
3. Measure and cut all tiles in a given section (if possible) before applying to Simplemat. We did about a 10 sqft section at a time or less. WHY? Comments pointed to the Simplemat losing it's sticky over a short time of a few hrs so you don't want to spend time cutting after you've started sticking. The circular glass nippers work incredibly well. We did not try the other styles.
4. When using a tile saw, ensure TOTAL dryness before applying tiles to Simplemat. WHY? They will not stick if there is any moisture. We used a towel and a hair dryer then let them sit for several hours to allow the porous stone sections to dry completely.
5.We used a rubber float and rubber roller (used in resurfacing our countertop) to press the Simplemat onto the wall. I felt the roller did a better job of applying pressure but the rolling motion tended to disrupt the plastic on the Simplemat so try that at your own risk. We didn't have any issue with it not being sticky, but it was a concern.
6. Have a helper! Especially around outlets it's VERY helpful to have 4 hands. WHY? Once the tiles are stuck they're stuck! There's a small chance you could get it off to reposition, but don't bank on it. Good news - it's super sticky, Bad news - it's super sticky!
7. Use a yard stick as a spacer along the bottom while setting tile. Helps to ensure a straight line (without messing with more of those terrible cross spacers) and avoid repositioning.
8. Grout the tiles immediately. WHY? A common item in reviews was that when the tile was left ungrouted (especially overnight), they experienced fallen tiles. Our tiles sat stuck to Simplemat for 2hrs max while we finished applying tiles to a given section (took us a bit as it was our first time).
FYI - we used Simplegrout. Way more expensive than buying powder, but this was open-the-tub-and-get-to-work idiot proof easy. No mixing, no sealing, no shrinking, immediate cleanup for a great finished look. Messy (as I'm told all grout is), but not too bad to clean if you're diligent when it's still wet. Also, buy the small float in addition to the big one; you'll thank me when you're grouting around outlets, under cabinets, and in corners.
Thanks to all the unknowing participants in this review (and in our newly beautified kitchen) who allowed us to learn from their mistakes & ideas. Here's to passing it forward. Happy tiling!!!
March 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Toddy SimpleMat is simply easy to install
Thisisgreatforsmallprojets. Takesnotimeatall thefinishedjobisbeautiful
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NoProDIYer Made a DIYer Out of ME!!
Back in 2012 we remodeled our kitchen and used this product. It is still holding up perfectly after 3 years. Installation was easy, and I was able to cut just what I needed for the areas to be covered. I used this on the end of the cabinet first to see how it'd work and if I could really do it myself, and it came out so nice, we went ahead and bought several boxes of this to use not only for our stove/microwave surround, I used it all around the the counter top for the back splash, and did the counter top too!
I used it with the mesh backed tile for the walls, and loose tiles for the counter tops and it came out exactly as I had hoped, even better. This product is great. Just be sure to follow the directions.
When you put this on the wall you MUST have the glue strips in the VERTICAL position! I noticed in one of the "bad" reviews of this product, where they had the tiles falling off and included a photo of it, the glue strips were in the horizontal position. I'll bet my bottom dollar that the positioning of the glue strips had EVERYTHING to do with their issues!!
I HIGHLY recommend this product - even to newbies, such as myself. It not only saved us money on having to hire someone to do this for us, it was super easy to use and the results speak for themselves!
January 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greenthumbs Very easy to use
I was a little nervous to use this product after reading the previous reviews and learning about tiles falling. However, I never tiled before and was dealing with a tight space between the wall and a faucet so I gave this product a try. I followed the directions that came in the box, including washing all the tiles and letting them completely dry before placing them onto Simplemat. When I came back the next day none of the tiles had moved off the wall from the day before, so I then grouted. The kitchen came out great! Simplemat saved a lot of time and clean up by not having to use a thinset. The only difficulties I had was using the 30 sq. ft. roll as compared to the 10 sq ft. sheets because the roll doesn't have paper on both sides of the Simplemat, which makes cutting a little difficult. Also a word of advice, cover the Simplemat with the paper if you aren't able to tile right away because you will lose the stickiness of the product when it is left in the open air.
December 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vern Good stuff
I was very skeptical about using this product. Double-sided sticky tape for tile? It seemed a little strange. But, it was easier than I expected, and it worked! The trick is to make sure that you grout immediately after everything is up. Do not be afraid to leave spacers in place Or at least a part of them to make sure that a place stays up. I wouldn't use it in a wet application such as a shower, but that's just me. All in all, it is a very useful product, it probably took at least another day off of our project.
May 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Great for small projects
I used the SimpleMat for installing a kitchen backsplash with 3x6 subway tiles. This proved to be a great alternative to backer board and thinset. I liked the thin profile. There was just the thickness of a piece of paper and a thin layer of glue versus a minimum of 1/4" for backerboard plus the thickness of the thinset. You also avoid the mess of mixing and cleanup for the thinset. I discovered one advantage is the ability to make changes. After installing the tile on a wall, I decided I did not like the layout. I was able to carefully pry off the tiles without losing any tiles and removed the SimpleMat sheets and threw them away to make sure I had good sheets for the new layout. Although some have downgraded the Simplemat for poor adhesion, making this change with traditional materials would have been a real pain. It is also very important to make sure the surface is absolutely flat as recommended. I had issues around two electrical receptacles with uneven gypsum board and a generous amount of liquid nail solved the problem. To deal with the adhesion issue I found that heating the glue with a hair dryer until the glue was soft was very effective. As a result, I have no problem whatsoever with tiles falling off. I am very pleased with final result.
December 18, 2015