Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 67
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by calimama excellent product
Being a total amateur I've redone the countertop in only two days. I am pretty handy and crafty but I've never done any tile job. this makes it so easy. I bought both roll and sheets. The sheets are easier to use but roll was better for bigger surfaces, also much cheaper by sq. foot. I don't think it would be possible to cut smaller pieces from the roll. Sheets are easy to cut with scissors or utility knife. At one point my scissors got sticky and wouldn't cut.. I sprayed them with Goof-off and they were good to go again. Now I want to tile everything. Make sure your tiles are clean and dry. Just read and follow instructions and you'll be fine.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by justanotherjoeDIYer Wow, what a time saver. Ignore the bad reviews and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and my hints.
After reading the negative review on this product I took the plunge anyway based on my gut instinct. The material was difficult to cut with even with an industrial quality scissors (I recommend a 3-4' metal ruler on end and utility knife as it's very sticky.) Once cut, it was easy. I believe those that had problems may have not properly prepared the surface where the tile was placed. Kitchen walls are notorious for collecting grease. A thoroughly cleaned wall painted with eggshell finish paint allowed the product to adhere very well. One note, do not rip the masking off the other surface of the material until you are ready to actually place the tile. I believe the adhesive sets when exposed to air, so once again, those with issues probably ripped the masking off and allowed the adhesive to dry out prematurely. I did a small 2x2 foot area at a time. Results we're stunning, saved the 24-48 hour wait before grouting. Love the result.
October 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MAWilliams Best Product EVER!
I was excited the second I saw this product and knew it was the one I needed to buy when we were ready to tile our kitchen backsplash. It was not only easy to install, it did not require me to be precise to complete the project. So, a first time application looked like I hired a professional. Genius!
I was able to complete my entire kitchen project in a day. Because it is a uniform product, my tile is even and I never worried about raised sections of tile. I could use portions of the mat to stick to my tile first for tricky sections that needed custom cuts - it worked perfectly! For the price point, I did not need to buy trowels, buckets, or any other products to make a standard thin set application. Most importantly - I didn't need to clean a thing. The cost was worth the outcome! I have shared this product with several coworkers who are a little timid with Do-It-Yourself projects, and they are inspired!
February 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TJ22 Love this product
I've used this item on a few jobs around the house- bathroom & kitchen backsplashes. So much easier than using quickset - especially with small mosaic tiles. It's a bit hard to cut in a straight line, the scissors can get stuck on the glue easily :)
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JerryY Quick and Easy
I used Simple Mat to tile the backsplash in my kitchen. I spent a few hours with a scraper removing old thin set and then I was ready to roll out the simple mat. It probably took 2.5 hours from laying the mat to applying the grout working at a leisurely for one wall with cabinets.
I worked in about 3' sections to make sure the mat was positioned correctly on the wall. I used a grout float to make sure the mat was secure to the wall. Be careful about overlaps because it is a little tricky to feel the film off when you're ready to tile if its underneath another layer.
When you're ready to work a section you simply peel off the film and set the tiles.
I used 1"x1" glass tiles with a mesh backer and the process was very smooth. Unlike thin set I found trying to re-position the tiles a little more demanding but once I got my system down the re-work was minimal.
Because I used small glass tiles I was able to cut easy around outlets and using a glass snips to make filler pieces around the outlets as needed. I used the float to press each sheet of tile onto the mat to ensure maximum adhesion.
I finished off the project with grout and had zero issues with the tiles staying in place.
I think Simple Mat probably saved me a few hours on this project and I'm very happy with the result.
The package only comes with the adhesive mat so you'll need the spacers, a float, sponge, grout, and a cutting tool. The instructions recommend scissors but I used a box cutter.
January 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ahanix First time with tile. Worked beautifully
I've never tiled before and I just wanted to finish my kitchen. I picked up the 30 sqft package at Home Depot figuring it was worth a try and, if successful, far cleaner than mortar.
The wall is painted drywall with various spots patched up with drywall compound, sanded relatively smooth. Wiped the entire wall with a damp sponge to clean.
The mat went on with minimal fuss. Used the grout float to force the mat against the wall and just regular boxcutter to cut as needed. Pulled the front piece off and started sticking tiles. It's a little tricky at first because you need to 'tilt' the tile in starting with the tile corner when using spacers, since it obviously can't slide side-to-side like mortar'd tile can.
You also need to be a little more careful marking for outlets, since the tile will easily adhere to the mat. I lined up the tile to be cut over the tile below / to the side of the outlet, marked the tile edges, then used a speed square to mark the backside of the tiles where they needed to be cut.
Some reviews state their large tiles fell. The instructions and box clearly state the tiles shouldn't be larger than 8"x8". I used 6"x6" ceramic tile and every single one held in place throughout the grouting process.
The tile has been in place over a month now. It came out beautiful and I will absolutely be using the Simplemat again when I replace the cabinets on the other side of my kitchen. It's pricier than tile but there's absolutely no mixing or mess to clean up.
April 29, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by BSLR Seemed like a great idea, but did not quite come through
The Simple Mat was certainly tempting. I did a kitchen backsplash (~25 square feet) and loved the idea of skipping the mortar and being able to grout on the same day. Just stick it on the wall, peel off the backing and stick your tiles. I bought the roll, which proved a bit difficult to cut to size. I found a razor knife worked much better than scissors, which kept sticking to the mesh. Would purchase the sheets if I used it again. The backing is very sticky and stuck well to the wall--no problems there. I used a 12 x 12 mesh square of 2 x 3 subway tiles. I was careful to make sure my tiles were clean and dry before placing them and I used a float to press them firmly against the Simple Mat. I removed the backing as I went to help avoid any dust getting on the Mat before the tiles were one. Anywhere I used a full mat of tiles they stayed up OK, for the most part (some sagging tiles here and there). But where I had to place individual tiles about 1 in 7-8 did not stay up, particularly the smaller pieces at the edges. Same problem with the decorative bead pieces. I ended up using construction adhesive to hold those to the mat. After grouting, everything seems to be OK, but I am concerned about the longevity. Had it not been midnight, I probably would have pulled it all down and redone the job with mortar instead. I would have much greater piece of mind about the backsplash staying up long term, and honestly, I don't think it would have added much time overall.
August 6, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by LCamp Cannot recommend
Installed flat pebbles on mesh backing as a kitchen backsplash. Simplemat began peeling away from the walls before grout was installed. The problem began behind the stove, then went from there to all areas of the kitchen. Awful! Now, I'm going to have to remove all those pebbles from the sticky mat and start all over - this time with good old fashioned mortar. All the instructions included with the product were followed. Very disappointing! I put a lot of hard work into this project - all for nothing. I am hoping Home Depot will return my money.
March 24, 2015