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SimpleMat is the quickest, easiest, and cleanest way to install tile on backsplashes, countertops and shower walls.

SimpleMat replaces traditional thin-set mortar or mastic adhesive. The adhesive retains its bonding strength for extended periods of time, meaning that users have the flexibility to tile onto the mat an hour at a time or over several days and because SimpleMat bonds instantly you can start grouting immediately.

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Acceptable Tile

SimpleMat can be used with any type of ceramic, porcelain, stone or glass tile 1" x 1" (2.5 x 2.5 cm) or larger. Mosaic tile with an open mesh backing can also be used as long as the skinny side of the tile is at least 5/8” (1.6cm). Tiles should not be heavier than 7 lbs. (3.2 kg) or larger than 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm).

Areas of Use

SimpleMat is suitable for kitchen or bath counters, backsplashes, shower walls, and tub surrounds. SimpleMat should not be used on floors, ceilings, showers floors or submerged applications (i.e. swimming pools). SimpleMat is not recommended for outdoor use.

Surface Types

SimpleMat can be used to tile over many household surfaces. Tile over drywall, plywood, WonderBoard® Lite backerboard, concrete, painted surfaces, laminates and even old tile. All surfaces to be tiled should be flat, stable, even, clean, dry and free of dust and grease.

Surface Preparation

For backsplashes or countertops — patch or level if needed. For shower walls see preparation instructions.

Setting Order

Set countertop tiles prior to setting backsplash tiles. Set countertops from front to back, set backsplashes and shower walls from bottom up.

Clean Surfaces

Before installing be sure to wipe walls, counters, and backs of tile or stone with a damp sponge and allow to dry. Remove dust to ensure a strong bond.


One box of SimpleMat covers 10 square feet (.92m2). The value size roll covers 30 square feet (2.78m2).

Grout Requirement

SimpleMat is designed to be used with grout to lock-in tile and stone. Grout your installation within 24 hours using SimpleGrout™ Pre-Mixed Grout, Polyblend Grout, CEG-Lite™ Commercial 100% Solids Epoxy Grout or Fusion Pro™ Single Component Grout™.

Customer Support

If you need additional information watch our instructional videos. Customer support is available at 800-272-8786.