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SimpleMat 10 sq. ft. Tile Setting Mat

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

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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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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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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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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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hopeithelps
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 this be used on an existing laminate counter?

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I did. You may have to use a primer ( I did not ) . Clean plastic lam really good
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February 3, 2015
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As long as it's clean and flat, yes.
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March 11, 2014
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I would say, yes. This stuff is EXTREMELY adhesive. You won't be able to get it off, once it is pressed on. You could put tile and grout over top of it and have a good seal, I would think. You could always call HDepot and ask someone in the tile and grout area to be sure.
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yes, 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. Hope this helps.
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Probably, it sticks to just about anything
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Not recommended. Use adhesive.
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Yes, SimpleMat can be used on an existing laminate counter. If you need further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786
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wall preparation

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jan
houston, texas
February 27, 2013
My kitchen walls are painted high gloss over popcorn texture. I wan to apply 12 x 12 sheets of
1.5 x 3 ceramic subway tile on mesh. Will this tile work and what is needed to be done to walls before application?
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Brevard, NC
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The popcorn texture needs to be removed. You need a smooth and dry surface to apply to wall and to stick.
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Grand Rapids, MI
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May 21, 2013
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With an uneven glossy surface, I would strongly recommend the use of pre-mixed mastic. It really isn't that messy (it's truly the grouting part that's so horribly messy) and will give you 100% better adhesion to your surface.
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Coconut Creek, FL, USA
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May 7, 2013
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You will have to sand the entire surface, then seal before installing the SimpleMat. It says that the surface must be free of gloss or glaze before using to ensure a permanent hold.
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Richmond, VA, USA
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March 4, 2013
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You are gonna need to remove the texturing. Tile requires a smooth well bonded surface to adhere to.
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Roswell, NM, USA
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March 1, 2013
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i would reccomend using on a clean smooth surface
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
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February 28, 2013
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The Subway tile should work just fine. There was no wall prep for m due to my wall where unfinished. I would think it would work just fine over high gloss paint, because its double sided tape for all intensive purposes.
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February 28, 2013
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Hello, you would have to sand the wall to completely remove all of the popcorn texture. The SimpleMat needs to be applied to a flat surface otherwise it will fall off the wall. If you apply it over a textured surface then the back of the mat is only going to bonded sporadically to the tops of the raised areas of the texture and then once all the weight of tile and grout are applied gravity will take over Read More
Hello, you would have to sand the wall to completely remove all of the popcorn texture. The SimpleMat needs to be applied to a flat surface otherwise it will fall off the wall. If you apply it over a textured surface then the back of the mat is only going to bonded sporadically to the tops of the raised areas of the texture and then once all the weight of tile and grout are applied gravity will take over and it will all fall off the wall because it isn't bonded solidly to a flat surface. Thank you Read Less
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 265 reviewers.
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 Love the idea, but not the product I love the idea of this. It's clean, quick and easy. If only the tiles actually stayed on the wall! The tiles started falling off of the wall almost immediately. We will be removing them and using a premixed adhesive instead. August 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by It simple does not work I gave it a try and it does not work. The titles were lifting from the wall and coming off the wall. Waste of time. I had to then remove and use the pre mix paste. Horrible product. July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tile application Works great easy to use no mess easy to measure clean a snap help measures tile space July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love SimpleMat I love SimpleMat. It works great and is easy to use. August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Simple Mat Great idea... Was easy to use. I will use it on my next tile project. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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
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