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Custom Building Products SimpleMat 10 sq. ft. Tile Setting Mat
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SimpleMat 10 sq. ft. Tile Setting Mat

  • Quickest, easiest, cleanest way to install tile
  • Instand bond and lasting strength
  • No waiting between setting and grouting
$21.97 /each

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The quickest, easiest and cleanest way to install tile on countertops, backsplashes and shower walls. SimpleMat replaces traditional thinset mortar or mastic adhesive. The adhesive retains its bonding strength for extended periods of time, which means users have the flexibility to tile onto the mat an hour at a time or over several days. SimpleMat bonds instantly so you can start grouting immediately.

  • Used to install tile over countertops, shower walls and backsplashes
  • Adhesive bonds quickly to allow grouting almost immediately after tile installation
  • Requires no mortar or mixing for minimal mess
  • Nine 9 in. x 18 in. sheets cover approximately 10 sq. ft.
  • Suitable for interior projects

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Why must my tiles be grouted in 24 hours using simplemat?

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Subway tiler
New York
April 12, 2013
Started tiling first section but wont be able to finish cutting tiles for a couple of days. Have at least 10 that are un-cut in the first section.
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Warwick, RI, USA
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October 11, 2016
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Because when you peel off the outer layer you expose it to the air and over time it will dry out and not be so sticky.On the floor I would not think you would have an issue though
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February 16, 2016
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Sagging. I know this from personal experience.
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Frankfort, IL
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February 3, 2015
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Because the grout will also bond to the Simplemat.
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Huffman, TX 77336, USA
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February 4, 2014
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I am not 100% sure why but do assume that sagging could be an issue for larger tiles. the only problems I have seen is users are not making sure the tiles they are installing are good and clean, free of dust on the back before installing. This will cause them to not adhere. Also, I have found that if temperature is not above 65 degrees the bond can be more difficult and tiles if not pressed and wiggled a Read More
I am not 100% sure why but do assume that sagging could be an issue for larger tiles. the only problems I have seen is users are not making sure the tiles they are installing are good and clean, free of dust on the back before installing. This will cause them to not adhere. Also, I have found that if temperature is not above 65 degrees the bond can be more difficult and tiles if not pressed and wiggled a little while pressing can relax and fall off. going back and pressing the tiles with a little wiggle may insure a good bond and help delay grouting. Hope this helps. Read Less
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South Carolina
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January 11, 2014
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The grout reinforces all the tiles together as if they were one. This improves the retention of the tile to the simple mat.
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Seattle, WA, USA
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September 5, 2013
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We did not grout it right away - tested the adhesion for 2 days to see if any tiles will come off on their own with no grout. A few did. We fixed the problem and than applied the grout. We did not grout right away as we did not feel it would be a good idea for tiles to "hang" on due to grout vs. glue on Simplemat.
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Grand Rapids, MI
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May 21, 2013
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Unfortunately, SimpleMat isn't as strong of an adhesive as traditional mastic. It requires the strength/support of grout to help it maintain its strength. You can apply strong pressure to the tiles once you resume, but I would definitely recommend only getting started with SimpleMat when you have time to do the whole job.
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Baltimore, MD, USA
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April 15, 2013
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I would assume because with the weight of the tiles, the longer you wait the longer gravity is going to have the time to mess up your project. It makes sense to get them fully supported and secured as quick as possible.
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April 15, 2013
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Hi there, thank you for contacting us. The ruberized adhesive in simplemat covers approximately 50% of the back of tiles which requires reinforcement of the grout. Not grouting within 24 hrs can cause tiles to lose bond. If you need further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786
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Will I be able to see the Simple Mat adhesive through glass tile? And if so, how can I prevent this?

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Vera
September 1, 2012
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New orleans
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October 7, 2015
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Glass tile must be back painted if not back painted you will see glue pattern not good
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Grand Rapids, MI
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June 10, 2013
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Your tiles should have a painted backing so that you can't see through them. There is a mesh backing on there that is just as ugly as the Simple Mat - so there's no reason why the Simple Mat would show through. However, I used regular mastic on my project, and I actually do see a little bit of the mastic where it came around the edges of the tiles. However, you have to look very closely! I think you'll Read More
Your tiles should have a painted backing so that you can't see through them. There is a mesh backing on there that is just as ugly as the Simple Mat - so there's no reason why the Simple Mat would show through. However, I used regular mastic on my project, and I actually do see a little bit of the mastic where it came around the edges of the tiles. However, you have to look very closely! I think you'll be okay - if not better off - with Simple Mat in this case.
I did find, however, that with my glass tile project that had irregular patterns/shapes to fit together that using Simple Mat wouldn't have worked - since I needed to cut around lots of receptacles and switches in the backsplash - and once you stick, there is no sliding the tiles around to fit at all. It also made dry fitting pieces easier to use mastic and only apply in areas that I hadn't done yet. Read Less
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Atlanta, GA, USA
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November 6, 2012
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You will see the glue strips on the mat through the tiles as dark lines. You need to use a thin set with trowl without teeth
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October 30, 2012
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No. I used it with glass tile and you can not see through. All the glass tile I have seen has some sort of colored backing on it anyways.
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Tennessee, USA
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October 23, 2012
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To answer your question Vera, no the adhesive mat does not show.
I have only used Simplemat once and I didn't have a problem with it showing through at all.
However, my tiles were dark so if you have a light glass time, etc. you might inquire about
it were you purchase.
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Hampton, VA, USA
October 22, 2012
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No, I could not see the simple mat throught the glass tiles. Most glass tiles come with a white backing to prevent seeing anything fromt the back including thinset.
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
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September 4, 2012
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I used this product with glass tile as well. I had no problems regarding seeing it though the tile. My tile had a backing to it which prevents the product from being seen. So i would check the tile first to see if it is backed with anything then proceed from there. Hope this helps!
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September 4, 2012
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If you are using a clear glass tile then yes you would be able to see the mat. When setting a clear glass tile the best thing to use is a white polymer modified thin set like Glass Tile Mortar. Thank You
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Can it be used to install backsplash for a vanity? what happens if it gets wet while washing hands/face/etc?

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Warwick, RI, USA
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October 11, 2016
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yes you can,when you tile and grout you are creating a barrier between the water and the mat,so no issues there
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Paxton, IL
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May 1, 2016
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The mat only holds the tile in place. Your have to grout it properly, which makes it water resistant. Edging with silicone will make it more water resistant.
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When using to install a backsplash over a vanity please note that the vanity cannot be used until the completion of the backsplash has been install and grouted. Which means no water use of the vanity until 12/24 hours after the backsplash has been installed and grouted.
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Mayville, WI, USA
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May 1, 2016
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Yes you can install this for a back splash. you will put tile over the simple mat. It should not get wet after tile and Grout install.
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April 30, 2016
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Yes, it can be used for a backsplash on a vanity. This product is not waterproof.
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April 30, 2016
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Yes,it won't get wet as your tiles will be over the simple mat and then grouted.
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April 30, 2016
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Yes it can be used for vanity back splash
The tile and grout keep it from getting wet under normal conditions
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can simple mat be used in kitchen wall behind gas stove

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Warwick, RI, USA
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October 11, 2016
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Yes you can,I have installed it that way and no issues so far,I would suggest you seal the grout and tile to avoid grease staining the grout.
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Yes it can. I did it behind my stove.
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Cornwall, NY, USA
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May 6, 2014
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Sure! I installed my entire kitchen backsplash using this product. It was a breeze!
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March 11, 2014
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I would think that should be okay, as long as you are putting the tile and grout over it. I have an electric stove and I used it on the backsplash behind the stovetop, so the heat from cooking things over the past 5 years that has not made any difference whatsoever.
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February 18, 2014
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Tile installations behind gas stove use a thinset mortar such as VersaBond or FlexBond. If you need further assistance contact our installation division at 800.272.8786
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February 17, 2014
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Should work fine. It is an adhesive as opposed to a cement mastic but, protected by tile, I seriously doubt it would melt or sag if that's your concern.
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Louisville, KY, USA
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February 17, 2014
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Yes, I installed a glass subway tile backsplash behind our stove and have had no issues at all in the 9 months since
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Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 275 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Product once you get the hang of it! I have used this product to do at least 5 kitchen backslashes for remodels of my real estate investment homes. The sheets work great and can be used over drywall or other tile work. As far as tiles coming down, I have found it is best to do a 3 ft section at a time and then use a ceramic tile caulk. The caulk is waterproof, you can touch up areas you miss and so much easier to work with on glass tiles. I am getting ready to use this product with mosaic glass tiles to redo my fireplace(over cultured marble) to match my kitchen back splash. It does take a little practice to keep the product from sticking to itself or you but once you get the hang of it, its a breeze. August 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This is a great product for backsplashes, fireplace surrounds and used with glass tiles on the sheet. Once you get the hang of it, goes up fast. Would not recommend 30 sq ft roll and especially not for beginners Used best with caulk grout instead of the mixed grout. The caulking grout is waterproof and great around sinks, etc. Also, you can work your project in small areas like 3 - 4 ft segments and then grout in for adhering quickly. October 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Simplemat is really simple The Simplemat system made a kitchen back splash job so easy its not even funny. You simply lay it out,cut around objects if you need to and peel off the back.Press into place and your off. When your ready for tile just peel off front layer and set your tile.Grout same day and be finished in no time. Great product that does what it says it will do!! October 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't waste your money or time My tiles fell off the same day! We didn't even have time to grout before they started slowing popping off. October 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Simple Mat is great I was a little nervous about using this product after reading some of the negative reviews but gave it a shot anyways. This has been the easiest backsplash project we have done, no mess easy to use and the tiles stick great, just make sure you press hard. The best part is you can grout immediately. I have already recommended to family and friends September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great tile setting mat The mat sheets were very easy to use to set tile on the wall for backsplash. Was very quick to use and locks tile in place for grouting. September 13, 2016
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