How to Remove and Replace a Damaged Ceramic Tile
By: Danny Lipford
Removing and replacing a broken ceramic tile isn’t that difficult if you have matching tile leftover from the original installation. Here’s how to go about it:
- Remove Grout: First isolate the broken tile from the rest of the floor by using a hammer and chisel to remove the grout around the tile.
- Remove Tile: Use the hammer and chisel to remove part of the tile, then position the chisel under the remaining tile and tap and pry it to remove it from the subfloor.
- Remove Adhesive: Use a putty knife or chisel to remove the old adhesive on the subfloor.
- Clean Floor: Use a shop vac to thoroughly clean the area of the broken tile.
- Apply Adhesive: Apply all purpose thin-set tile adhesive to the subfloor in the tile area with a notched trowel.
- Position New Tile: Put the new tile in place, making sure the margins around the tile are equal, and the tile is flush and level with the rest of the floor.
- Allow to Set: Allow the tile adhesive to set for several hours.
- Apply Grout: Apply grout to the margins with a rubber float.
- Remove Excess Grout: Remove any excess grout while wet using a damp sponge.
- Clean Existing Grout: If needed, clean the old grout with a bleach solution to match the new grout.
- Seal Grout: Once the grout has dried for the recommended period of time, seal it with grout sealer to prevent staining.
Watch this video to find out more.
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