Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 265
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 1.0 out of 5.0 by b3mb4jk 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 William 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 Dewses 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 Bru Love SimpleMat
I love SimpleMat. It works great and is easy to use.
August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nikki 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 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