recently I built a step out of concrete (quikrete brand) between two other
concrete pads in my back yard. Intent is to have a base that I can tile
over. The concrete has cured for about a month or so and I am ready to
tile. The top surface of the step seems to be disintegrating -- the more I
sweep or brush the surface the more of the step I remove. The sides of the
step that were covered by the forms are rock solid and appear to be ok.
Since I am tiling over the step I am not worried about the appearance, but I
would like to stop the cement from "shedding" before I try to cover it. I
have tried brooms and steel brushes but cannot seem to remove enough of the
top to read a firm surface. My next step seems to be to get a high power
pressure washer. Any other thoughts of what I should try ? I have though
of trying a sealer but I am worried about adhesion with the thin-set mortar.
I have done several concrete project and this is the first time this has
happened -- not quite sure about the cause.
Not sure why you would be tiling a concrete step, but you will need
something like thinset to lay the tile into.
That should fix the problem, until a frost peels off the tile anyway if you
get any cold weather at all.
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