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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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Product Overview

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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Dimensions

Container size (qt.) 
0.00 
Maximum coverage area (sq. ft.) 
10 
Product Width (in.) 
18.5 

Details

Adhesive Type 
Tile & Stone 
Color Family 
White 
Color Family 
Whites 
Commercial / Residential 
Commercial / Residential 
Dry time (hours) 
0.00 
Flooring Product Type 
Underlayment 
Indoor/Outdoor 
Indoor 
Latex based 
No 
Product Weight (lb.) 
1.5 lb 
Returnable 
90-Day 
Solvent free 
No 
Water based 
No 

Warranty / Certifications

Lifetime Warranty 
No 
Manufacturer Warranty 
1 year product 

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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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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 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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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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January 8, 2014
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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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what happens if you dont grout within 24 hours

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February 18, 2013
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Langhorne, PA
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My schedule did not permit me to grout within 24 hours, in fact it was closer to 72 hours before I got around to it. Nothing bad happened so I can't understand the rush. I believe it may be part of the sales pitch, the idea that you can grout right away and not have any delay like you would when using mud.
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Unfortunately some of your tiles may fall down. Just reinstall though or use adhesive to replace what has fallen until grout is applied.
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Seattle, WA, USA
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We didn't. We waited 2 days to see the Simplemat's glue adhesion properties. 90% of the tile stayed "on." The rest came off.
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Grand Rapids, MI
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May 21, 2013
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Your tile will sag and pull the mat away from the wall. It is too light-duty to adhere the tile to the wall for any period longer than 24 hours without grout to support it.
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Roswell, NM, USA
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March 1, 2013
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nothing happened to mine it stayed in place.
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
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February 28, 2013
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nothing it will be fine...mine took a few days because i had to work around my sched and kids and its still working and looking great
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February 19, 2013
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Hi there, thank you for contacting us. If you don't grout within 24 hrs. tiles can fall off. The adhesive on SimpleMat is not as strong a thin-set mortars.The grout reinforces the tile installation. Install tile and grout the same day. If you need further information please contact our technical department at 800-272-8786.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 260 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 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SimpleMat is simply easy to install Thisisgreatforsmallprojets. Takesnotimeatall thefinishedjobisbeautiful June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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
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