Replacing Cracked Floor Tile
By: Danny Lipford
When a ceramic floor tile becomes cracked, replace it by removing the broken tile and installing a new one.
To replace a cracked ceramic floor tile:
- Apply Grout: After the tile adhesive has set, fill the gap around the edges with grout that matches the color of the grout in the existing floor.
Watch this video to find out more.
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- How to Apply and Seal Grout on Tile Floors (video)
To replace an individual cracked tile in a ceramic floor, you want to begin by chiseling out the grout surrounding it. This isolates the bad tile from the good tiles, so you can carefully remove it without damaging them. When the space is cleaned out, you can apply thin-set to it with a notched trowel. Then you can set the replacement tile, making sure the margins are even, and it’s level with the surrounding tiles. When it’s dry reapply the grout around it, and your floor should look as good as new.