Repairing tips: how to replace a broken floor tile

Broken Floor Tile

One of the last phases of building an amazing home is flooring and depending on de flooring type, your home will have a characteristic finish that marks your style. As you may know, one of the best flooring types that can make you express your internal artist is ceramic tile. The variety of colors and textures is great and will give you great material to develop a floor worth watching, caring and stepping on.

Sadly, no matter how loving and caring you could be with your ceramic tiles, accidents may occur and a heavy object can break or damage seriously one of the tiles; but looking on the bright side, replacing a broken tile is not as hard as one can imagine, in fact, is one of the many home “do-it-yourself” project anyone can tackle. So follow the read and learn how to replace a broken floor tile by yourself.

First, gather all the tools and materials you’re going to need, which are:

  •         New tile
  •         Level
  •         Cold chisel
  •         Sponge
  •         Scraper
  •         Drill
  •         Grout
  •         Grout shaper
  •         Grout raker
  •         Hammer
  •         Gloves
  •         Goggles
  •         Tile adhesive

Now that you’re set, start by grabbing the grout raker and remove the grout from the borders of your broken tile. This is needed to isolate the tile of the rest of the flooring and will help you to avoid damaging other tiles while attempting to replace other. Now, grab your safety goggles, because it’s time to start the removal.

First you’ll have to drill a series of holes into the damaged or broken tile. You can draw some patterns with the holes if you want, the main goal is to weaken the structure of the tile and ease the appearing of fractures within it. Now, release some tension with the chisel and the hammer. Start chiseling the tile from the borders and keep doing it until the tile is completely removed. Remember to wear your protective gloves while doing this step.

It’s time to get rid of the old and hardened tile adhesive, as your tile is now removed, the surface will reveal the old adhesive you’ll need to scrape in order to have a surface as smooth and flat as possible.

Grab the new tile adhesive and apply it uniformly on the reverse of the replacement tile, position it carefully in the empty space and use the help of the level to check if it flushes with the surrounding tiles. Wait a few minutes to allow the adhesive to dry and then grout the borders of the new tile to fill the empty space you drew with the raker on the first step. Be ready to take your sponge to clean any excess of grout that might remain and then let it soothe and dry.

There you go: a project that didn’t cost you much money because you did it by yourself. Now you can enjoy your flooring as if it was brand new.