How to Tile: Prepare Concrete for Tile

Turnaround tips for an old basement floor

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Knee pads
  • Notched trowel
  • Paint roller
  • Paint scraper
  • Roller tray
  • Shop vacuum
  • Utility knife

You'll also need a floor scraper, a razor scraper and rubber gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Chemical adhesive remover
  • Peel-and-stick crack prevention mat
  • Peel-and-stick primer
  • Thin-set mortar