How to Tile a Concrete Basement Floor

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  • 6-24 hours
  • Intermediate
  • $120-300
What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Tile nippers
Thinset mortar
Rubber mallet
Ceramic tile
Chalk line

Laying your concrete basement floor with ceramic tiles is an excellent way to enhance both the beauty and lifespan of your concrete basement floor. The early application of tiles as floor finish was not as successful as it is today because older style tiles broke too easily.

With new technology, the durability and appearance of tiles have tremendously been improved, making the use of tiles a favorable option to various flooring repairs. Follow these steps to lay tile on your concrete basement floor.

Step 1 - Inspect Your Basement Floor for Damages

Inspect your basement floor for cracks, rough surfaces, leaks, and any flooring anomalies before installing ceramic tiles. The damages must be repaired first. Uneven surfaces need to be thoroughly leveled.

Step 2 - Cleaning the Concrete Flooring

Remove dusts and debris with a vacuum cleaner and a broom. Remove stubborn dust and dirt with a mop soaked in a solution of bleach and water. Mop the entire floor area of your basement, as any dirt or dust is a potential hazard to the success of your tiling job. After mopping, allow your concrete basement floor to completely dry.

Step 3 - Preparing the Tiles to Be Installed

Decide on the pattern to be installed and dry-set it. Cut the tiles to the desired size with a nipper, then mark the room flooring to make quadrant divisions with horizontal and vertical lines once the tiles have dry-set. It will be the guide to ensure that the tile application will fit the area of the flooring. Remove the tile pieces and be ready to apply the thinset mortar.

Step 4 - Applying the Thinset Mortar

Read the product instructions on the label. Different manufacturers have different ways to mix their thinset, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instruction to the letter. Work with one quadrant at a time, applying the thinset mortar. Put this mixture onto the concrete flooring using the flat side of a trowel.

Step 5 - Setting Down the Ceramic Tiles

The ceramic tiles should now be positioned into the mortar. Securely tap the ceramic tile in its rightful location with a rubber mallet. Spacers should be used to act as a barrier for the grout. Finish filling the concrete flooring area and leave the mortar to fully dry.

Step 6 - Applying the Grout and Drying the Area

Per the manufacturer’s instructions, the grout should be mixed thoroughly as needed. Remove the spacers between the tiles and wipe grout into the space. Allow it to settle and remove excess grout with a soft cloth. The grout should then be allowed to cure, which can take up to 48 hours. The tiled concrete flooring can now be walked on.

All it took was sex steps to tile your concrete basement floor. It's time to enjoy your handiwork!