Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 72
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by JPN80 Sturdy and Efficient for Tile Placement
The mat does indeed claim what it says, which is to hold tile in place sans mortar; this is great because I don't have to mess with mortar and wait at least 24hrs before I can grout the tile. Since the mat is rolled onto itself, only a thick wax paper substance separated the mat from itself - less trash to be thrown away
Since I have used the Simplemat sheets in 10sq ft box before for a tub surround about 5 yrs ago (and it's still holding up on the wall), using the Simplemat on the roll wasn't that different when I used it to tile a table. With both applications it was easier to remove tiles if lightly placed incorrectly; however, if the tiles are heavily placed incorrectly on either sheet or roll, good luck trying to remove them without damaging the surface bonded to the Simplemat.
The minor differences between the sheet and the roll are as follows:
- it's more for sq ft for the money with the roll.
- the roll is probably better for larger applications (i.e. backsplashes, shower surrounds, tub surrounds, countertops, etc) rather than the sheets because large areas can be covered quicker; for the small project I was completing, I rather use the sheets so I wouldn't have to bother as much with the scissors to cut the roll - but I like more product for my money so I'd more than likely purchase the roll.
TIP: make sure to lightly lubricate the cutting instrument (scissors, utility knife, etc) so it can cut through the roll easily without sticking to the Simplemat. In my project, I used simple vegetable oil on the scissor blades.
- the roll seems thicker than the sheets; maybe it's not but it appeared to be thicker than sheets I used for the tiled tub surround.
June 6, 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 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 limpywood LOVE THE SIMPLEMAT!!!
My sister and I took a "Do It Herself" class at our local Home Depot to learn how to install backsplashes using Simplemat. Boy were we impressed! We decided that we could tackle a home project. The Simplemat was great to work with! We got the sheets, but will probably use the roll next time because it is cheaper, and then just cut sections ourselves. The tile we used was the bright white subway tiles. They come attached to a mesh, so when you pressed them onto the Simplemat they were spaced correctly. We got the spacers, but didn't have to use very many of them. A male friend came over and had to try it out for himself. He was so impressed with our handiwork and how easy it was to put up the Simplemat and the tiles. I would definitely recommend this product. The next thing we are going to do is use the Simplemat to put tile up around the top of the tub enclosure.
May 5, 2015