Ceramic flooring tiles are incredibly durable. However, these tiles are not indestructible. The good news is, in the event that one of your ceramic tiles becomes cracked, replacing this tile can be much easier than you may imagine. In fact, most homeowners will be able to complete this flooring repair on their own in just 4 simple steps. The step-by-step guide below can help you to complete this repair as well.
Materials You Will Need
- grout rake
- painters tape
- drill with ceramic bit
- thin set mortar
- putty knife
- replacement tile
Step 1: Prepare Tile For Removal
Begin by removing all of the old grout from around the damaged tile. This can be done relatively easily with the use of a grout rake. Just be sure not to apply too much pressure to the rake or you could find yourself gouging nearby tiles if your hand slips during the removal process.
Once all of the grout has been removed, you will need to place painters tape around the edge of all surrounding tiles. This will ensure the tiles are protected from damage while you are working on replacing the cracked tile.
Step 2: Remove Damaged Tile
Using a ceramic drill bit, drill multiple holes into the damaged tile. This will allow you to gain the leverage needed to remove the broken pieces.
Next, place your chisel at a 90 degree angle and gently tap the handle with a hammer until you are able to lift the broken piece of tile. Once the broken tile has been lifted, shift your chisel to a 45 degree angle in order to remove the tile entirely. Finally, use your chisel to remove any mortar or other adhesive from the substrate.
Step 3: Install Replacement Tile
With the old tile out of the way, you are now ready to install your replacement tile. Begin by coating the substrate with an even coat of thin set mortar. This can be done using a putty knife or other flat edge tool. Next, apply a thin coat of mortar to the back of the replacement tile. Finally, put the tile into place and press down on the center of the tile until it sits evenly with the surrounding tiles.
When positioning you new tile, be sure to leave an even amount of space on each side of the tile in order to preserve your current tiling pattern. You may also wish to use a level to check the height of the tile and ensure it is completely even with the rest of the floor.
Step 4: Install New Grout
Once the mortar has been given ample time to dry, you will need to apply a new layer of grout around the tile. You may also wish to take this time to clean the grout around surrounding tiles in order to help blend the appearance of the freshly installed tile.
A Final Thought
While most homeowners will be able to complete this repair process on their own, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, if after removing your broken tile you discover that the flooring substrate has been damaged, repairing this damage will require the assistance of a professional contractor. You will also need to seek out these professional services if you find yourself dealing with cracks that cannot be explained by a specific event. A failure to seek out professional services in this situation could leave you dealing with additional floor damage in the near future as this damage may be caused by underlying foundation or structural damage that must also be addressed.
For more information, contact Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile Inc. or a similar company.