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SimpleMat

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand more about SimpleMat.

 
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SIMPLEMAT™ is a revolutionary new way to install tile on countertops, backsplashes and shower walls. It doesn?t matter if you're a tiling expert or a first timer, SIMPLEMAT is the key to making your project fast, clean, and easy. Just follow the easy installation steps to transform your kitchen or bathroom by yourself. Below are FAQs to help you understand more about SIMPLEMAT.

Q1

What is SIMPLEMAT?
SIMPLEMAT is a double sided, adhesive mat specifically designed for bonding tile to countertops, backsplashes or shower walls. The back of the mat has a flat adhesive which bonds to the backsplash wall, countertop or shower wall. The front side has a raised adhesive which bonds to tile or stone. SIMPLEMAT replaces traditional thin-set mortar or mastic adhesive.

Q2

Why use SIMPLEMAT instead of thin-set mortar or mastic adhesive?
SIMPLEMAT is cleaner, easier, and faster. There is no mixing of powder, there are no special tools needed to apply the mat, and there is no mortar clean-up. Also, thin-set can take 16-18 hours to cure before you can start grouting the tile. With SIMPLEMAT, there is no waiting at all, you can grout immediately.

Q3

How strong is SIMPLEMAT?
The SIMPLEMAT adhesive creates an instant bond with lasting strength. And, once the tile is pushed into place on the mat, the bond between tile and SIMPLEMAT gets even stronger over time.

Q4

What kind of projects is SIMPLEMAT good for?
SIMPLEMAT can be used on countertops, backsplashes, shower walls and tub surrounds - as well as for craft and decorative projects.

   
Q5

What types of tile and stone can be used with SIMPLEMAT?
SIMPLEMAT can be used with any type of ceramic, porcelain, stone or glass tile 1" x 1" (2.5 x 2.5cm) or larger. Mosaic tile with an open mesh backing can also be used. Tile should not be heavier than 7 lbs (3.2 kg) or larger than 8" x 8" (20 x 20cm).

Q6

What type of surface can SIMPLEMAT be applied to?
SIMPLEMAT can be used to tile over many household surfaces. Tile over drywall, plywood, WonderBoard backerboard, concrete, painted surfaces, laminates and even old tile. All surfaces to be tiled should be flat, stable, even, dry and free of dust and grease.

Q7

Does SIMPLEMAT have any limitations?
SIMPLEMAT should not be used outside, on floors, ceilings, shower floors, or in submerged applications (i.e. swimming pools).

Q8

What other materials do I need to complete my tile job?
You will also need tile, grout, grout float, spacers (sized for the grout joint you want), scissors, sponge, bucket, and a tile saw or tile cutter.

Q9

What kind of grout should I use?
SIMPLEMAT is designed to be used with SimpleGrout™ Pre-Mixed Grout, Polyblend® Grout or CEG-Lite™ Commercial 100% Solids Epoxy Grout. All projects tiled with SIMPLEMAT must be grouted within 24 hours of setting the tile.