How to Install Pebble Tile in a Shower

Shower floors are one of the most popular uses of our beautiful Pebble Tile. All of our tile selections are perfectly suited for shower floors, bathroom floors, shower surrounds and shower pans. Our customers love the gentle, massage-like feel of the rounded pebbles - it's like having your own private spa! Watch the video and read the instructions below to see how easy it is to install Pebble Tile in your shower!

(detailed instructions below video)

Pebble Tile Shower Installation Steps:

  1. Step 1: Mask the Drain and Edges. Use easily removed painter's tape to protect the drain before beginning the tile work. Also place tape around the shower stall just above the height of where the tile will sit to protect the shower surround.
  2. Step 2: Apply the Thinset. Start in a back corner of the shower and spread thinset on the shower floor with the flat edge of a 1/8" notched trowel. Then use the notched edge of the trowel to create ridges in the material holding the trowel at about a 45-degree angle. Cover an area equivalent to about three sheets of the pebble tile.
  3. Step 3: Set the First Pebble Tile Sheet. Press the first sheet of pebble tile into the thinset, butting the sheet as close as possible to the walls. Wiggle the sheet of tiles slightly to settle it in the thinset.
  4. Step 4: Continue Tiling. Continue to spread thinset and add sheets of tile to the floor, butting the sheets as close as possible. Mix thinset as necessary. If there isn't room for a full sheet, remove tiles as needed from the sheet and set aside, then trim the mesh backing with a utility knife and set the remaining portion of the sheet normally. Also use this technique to set the tile around the drain.
  5. Step 5: Tap the Pebble Tile in Place. On top of the tile, place a straight, flat board that spans many tiles and gently tap it with a mallet to thoroughly set the tile and ensure the faces of tiles are all at the same height.
  6. Step 6: Seal the Pebble Tile. Natural stone pebble tiles must be sealed before grouting. Check the instructions of your chosen sealer and be sure to seal the pebble tile before grouting.
  7. Step 7: Apply the Grout. Spread grout across the tile using a grout float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle, working the grout into the gaps between the tiles.
  8. Step 8: Clean the Tile. Taking care not to pull grout up from between tiles, wipe away the haze with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge often to keep it clean. Let the grout cure completely according to the package instructions. Use a clean cloth to wipe any remaining haze from the surface of the tiles. Allow the grout to cure following the grout package instructions.
  9. Step 9: Seal the Grout. Seal the grout for easier cleanup later. For the best results, follow the instructions for the specific sealer used.