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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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February 3, 2015
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Because the grout will also bond to the Simplemat.
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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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September 1, 2012
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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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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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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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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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As long as it's clean and flat, yes.
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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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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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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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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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You are gonna need to remove the texturing. Tile requires a smooth well bonded surface to adhere to.
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i would reccomend using on a clean smooth surface
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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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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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Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 270 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 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 Follow the instructions but inferior product! We read through the reviews and it seemed hit or miss really. we needed to make up some lost time in the bathroom Reno so we tried this with our 3×12 subway tile in the surround. The product says you can make adjustments but once you place the tile on, and fine tuning goes away like a rubber band coming back to form. I read the manual first and after sever tiles fell at different times last night we can't trust it to hold so removed today and going normal route. August 23, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Maybe good for square or rectangular tiles but NOT recommended on mosaic glass tiles with mesh backing I tried this product due to recommended reviews and tiled 30 sq ft of backsplash with Mosaic glass tiles on mesh backing. The adhesive sticks great to the wall, however, the small mosaic glass tiles have trouble sticking 100% due to individual tiles being small, not able to get a full grip from edge to edge. You'll get a partial stick, which causes the mosaic tiles surface not 100% flat, unstable and prone to movement when grouting, which will affect the total appearance, high low tiles. I realized this after I had already installed (trying to save time and not making a mess) with these adhesive sheets. I do regretted, I should have used glass tile thinset instead, so my mosaic glass tiles will be 100% SOLID and not move or shifts during grout. You may have better result with larger than glass mosaic tiles like square or rectangular tiles, with a larger surface for adhesion which will grip and hold the tiles better. August 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT waste your money on this product. We ended up having to spend an extra $200 on a new backsplash because this product peeled right off and ruined the backsplash we had on there. This was the biggest waste of time and money. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. August 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by It only has to do one thing to be a worthwhile product. The one thing it has to do is stick. We placed some tile up a few weeks ago. Today, one of the sections decides to come crashing down. Of course, the tile did not withstand the fall. When something is touted as being easy, be wary. August 19, 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
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