Murayah Wall Murals > Installation of Wall Murals and Tile Murals
The Murayah™ collection is a perfect Do-It-Yourself project, or can be installed
by your local tile setter. Tiles should be installed on interior walls, away from
direct sunlight and ultraviolet exposure.
It is not mandatory to grout tiles, unless in a shower application. However, grouting
will contribute to the uniformity of the surface, especially when using antique field tiles in your installation.
Materials for Installation
Thinset (either powder or White Premixed Thinset)
1/16” grout spacers (if applicable)
Rubber grout float (if applicable)
Non-sanded grout (if applicable – we recommend Polyblend’s #122 Linen color)
Spray bottle (if applicable)
For a freestanding mural, use three wood bars cut to size, to prevent tile sliding during the curing process. The first wood bar should be placed horizontally, right below bottom molding/tile row. Two additional bars should be placed vertically, to support horizontal bar.
- Unpack boxes and display mural or tiles in order. Mural tiles are numbered on the back and run from left to right, top to bottom
- Remove all grease, sealer, dirt and wallpaper, etc. from installation area
- Using the notch trowel, evenly butter back tiles with Thinset and adhere to wall, starting from the bottom of the designated area to the top. If grouting, use 1/16” spacers.
- For a free standing mural, insert cut-to-size wood bars below bottom tile/molding row, to prevent tiles from sliding
- Once installation is complete, allow Thinset to cure for 24 hours before grouting. Do not remove Wood bars until Thinset is cured.
Grouting (if applicable)
- Remove grout spacers
- Lightly dampen tiles with clean, cool water
- Apply just enough grout to fill joints (do not cover entire mural surface with grout). Holding rubber float at a 45 ° angle, force grout into joints until joints are completely filled. To avoid air pockets repack joints with rubber float’s edge
- Remove excess grout using edge of float held at 90 ° angle
- Wait approximately 10 minutes before starting clean up
- Use a damp, small pour grout sponge in a circular motion to smooth joints and clean excess grout from tiles. Use as little water as possible
- Smooth joints with a finishing tool or rounded wooden end of trowel handle, sinking grout slightly below tile edges
- Wait two hours before removing haze from tiles with a soft dry cloth
- Damp cure grout by periodically misting it with clean, cool water for three days. Damp curing maximizes the strength of the grout and avoids cracking.
- Seal grout lines upon completion of installation (murals arrive pre-sealed)
Use the above installation procedure for installing field tiles. Field tiles may be
installed horizontally or diagonally (diamond shape). While 1/16” is a required
grout joint for murals, you may use 1/8” for field tiles (sanded grout is required).
- Unpack moldings carefully
- Determine molding size by adding molding width (2”) to each side of the mural and dividing overall measurement by number of moldings (if applicable, include 1/16” grout spaces between tiles)
- Molding size may vary between width and height of the mural
- Cut moldings to size, using a tile wet saw (can be rented at your local hardware store). Follow manufacturer’s saw guide lines for safety.
- Miter cut all corners (8 moldings)
- Butter back moldings with Thinset and adhere onto surface
- It is not necessary to grout moldings
Murals and tiles arrive pre-sealed and are maintenance free. Surface to be cleaned
with a damp cotton rag. Do not use detergents or abrasive materials.