how to fix a broken tile step by step
when a tile gets chipped or damaged you can replace it without having to retile the whole area.
- Power drill with a ceramic tile bit
- Cold chisel
- Tile adhesive
- Plastic adhesive spreader
- Tile spacers
- Damp sponge
- Grout spreader
- Small filling knife
- Use the grout raker to loosen the grout around the four edges of the damaged tile and rake the grout out.
- Put on your gloves and safety goggles.Drill some holes in the center of the tile, this weakens it makes it easier to remove with a hammer and cold chisel.
- Break out the pieces of tile but don’t dig into the wall.
- working from the center out carefully remove all the pieces of tile.
- Scrape out the adhesive that’s left on the surface.
- when you try the new tile in the space it must sit flat on the surface and not stick out above its neighbours.
- Spread tile adhesive on the back of the new tile using the spreader and carefully place it in the gap.
- Place plastic tile spacers at the corners of the tile to prevent it from moving before the adhesive is dry and to mark the space with the grout.
- Carefully wipe off any remaining adhesive from the surface of the tile with a damp sponge.
- Now you’re ready to grout mix up the grout with water to the recommended consistency-remember, you only need a small amount of water.
- With a small trowel or grout spreader press the grout firmly into the joints between the tile. Using a slightly damp sponge, wipe the grout off the tile surface before it
sets and leave the grout to dry.