Learn how to easily replace a broken floor tile!
Floor tiles can crack due to wear and tear, or through damage if a heavy object is dropped on them. Replacing a single tile is more cost-effective than retiling an entire floor. Wear goggles while drilling into the tile, in case any shards fly toward you, and wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Chisel Out the Grout.
Remove grout from around the edge of the tile. A grout raker is ideal for this process.
- Remove the Broken Tile.
First, Drill a series of holes into the broken tile. This breaks it up, making it easier to remove.Then, with a heavy hammer and cold chisel, remove the broken tile. It will come away in sections.
- Scrape Out the Old Adhesive
Scrape any hardened old adhesive off the floor surface revealed by the tile’s removal.
- Apply New Adhesive and Install New Tile
Apply adhesive to the back of the new tile and position it. Use a level to make sure it sits flush with the surrounding tiles.
Allow the adhesive to dry, then grout the new tile. Clean off any excess with a sponge.
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