Installing Terrazzo tiles requires precision and attention to detail to ensure a durable and beautiful finish. Follow this step-by-step guide to achieve professional results.

Step 1: Surface Preparation

  1. Clean the Surface: Ensure the subfloor or wall is clean, dry, and free of dust, grease, and debris.
  2. Level the Surface: Use a level to check the surface. If there are any uneven areas, level them with a suitable leveling compound.
  3. Dry Fit the Tiles: Lay out the tiles without adhesive to plan the layout and ensure proper alignment. This helps you visualize the final result and make adjustments.

Step 2: Applying Adhesive

  1. Mix the Adhesive: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mix the adhesive. For Terrazzo, an epoxy-based adhesive is often recommended.
  2. Spread the Adhesive: Using a notched trowel, spread the adhesive over a small area where you will start laying the tiles. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle to create ridges in the adhesive for better grip.

Step 3: Laying the Tiles

  1. Lay the First Tile: Place the first tile into the adhesive, pressing it down firmly. Use a slight twisting motion to ensure full contact with the adhesive.
  2. Insert Tile Spacers: Position tile spacers between the tiles to maintain even grout lines.
  3. Continue Laying Tiles: Work in small sections, applying adhesive and laying tiles one by one. Use a level to ensure tiles are evenly aligned. Tap tiles gently with a rubber mallet to adjust height if necessary.
  4. Cut Tiles as Needed: Use a tile cutter to cut tiles to fit edges and corners. Ensure the cuts are smooth and precise.



  1. Allow Adhesive to Set: Let the adhesive cure for the recommended time (usually 24 hours).
  2. Mix the Grout: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mix the grout.
  3. Apply the Grout: Use a grout float to spread grout over the tiles, pressing it into the spaces between tiles.
  4. Clean Excess Grout: Wipe off excess grout with a damp sponge before it dries, being careful not to remove grout from the joints.


  1. Allow Grout to Cure: Let the grout cure for the recommended time (usually 24-48 hours).
  2. Apply Sealer: Apply a sealer to the tiles and grout lines to protect against stains and moisture. Follow the sealer manufacturer's instructions for application and curing.

Final Touches

  1. Final Clean: Clean the tiles with a damp cloth to remove any remaining grout haze or debris.
  2. Inspect the Installation: Check the entire installation for any imperfections or areas needing touch-up.


  • Work in Small Sections: This prevents the adhesive from drying out before you can place the tiles.
  • Maintain Consistency: Ensure consistent spacing and leveling for a professional finish.
  • Safety First: Always wear safety gear to protect yourself from dust, sharp edges, and chemicals.

By following these steps, you can achieve a stunning and durable Terrazzo tile installation that enhances the beauty of your space.

These installation instructions are offered as guidelines only. New York Cement Tile will not be held responsible for errors, problems or issues due to installation