How to Tile Concrete Steps, Part 2 of 2 How to Tile Concrete Steps, Part 2 of 2

What You'll Need
Tile Glue
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
Concrete cleaner

In Part 1 of this guide on adding tile to your concrete steps, you selected tiles, cleaned the steps, designed a pattern and mixed the mortar. In Part 2, you will lay the tile and apply grout. Follow the steps below to complete this project.

Step 6 – Lay the Tiles

Spread out as much mortar onto each of the concrete steps for the size of the tiles you are placing. As before, don’t use too much. Consider how many pieces of tile you can lay in a few minutes, and mix up only that amount of mortar.

After you lay down each tile, be sure to level it out and make sure it is placed exactly where you want it to go. Repeat these instructions for each tile you are putting onto the concrete steps. Be sure that each tile is clean and dry before you glue it down, and make sure each is already cut to the proper size that you need to fit it on the step.

Step 7 – Apply Grout

If your tiles have spaces in between them, or if you need to fill up some cracks around the area where the tiles have been placed, you can use white or other colored grout. There are two kinds of grout: sanded and not sanded. The one you use depends on the size of the cracks or areas you want filled in. If the spacing is less than about 1/8-inch, unsanded is probably just fine, but if you want something stronger, then sanded is the way to go. The type of grout also depends on the material your tiles are made of. For instance, tiles made of marble can be scratched by sanded grout, so it is best to use unsanded with anything made of marble.

Before you can put down the grout, ensure that the morter is completely dry. This might take 24 hours. Once your tiles are dry, then spread the grout over the tile, and work it into the cracks or spaces. Then, use your trowel to smooth it out and wipe off the excess grout. Make sure all the excess is wiped off and the tile is clean.

Step 8 — Allow the Grout to Dry

When the tile is clean, leave the grout to dry according to the instructions on the packaging. Once the grout has completely dried, you can buff and polish the tiles to give them a shiny look if you like. 

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