How to Replace a Broken Floor Tile: Step by Step Guide

DIY Tips: Remove and Replace a Damaged Floor Tile

Despite being capable of withstanding plenty of foot traffic, porcelain and ceramic flooring tiles can sometimes suffer cracks, chips, or other damage when something hard and heavy is accidentally dropped on them. But, the good thing about having a tiled floor is that when such damage occurs, repairing your floor is easier because all you have to do is remove and replace the affected tile.

Of course, in order for the repair to look consistent with the rest of your floor, there are some measures that need to be taken. Here is a step-by-step guide to replacing a damaged floor tile. Follow these steps, and nobody will ever know that your floor was repaired.

Tools and Materials for the Job

For a seamless job, you need to use the proper tools and materials. Here’s a list of things you’ll need:

  • Level
  • Chisel
  • Sponge
  • Drill
  • Scraper
  • Club hammer
  • Grout shaper
  • Grout raker
  • Tile adhesive
  • Grout
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves

Before starting this job, make sure you put on gloves and safety goggles. There will be a lot of dust and sharp tile pieces, and these safety precautions will help protect your eyes and hands. If you have asthma or any other respiratory condition, you might also want to wear a cloth respirator to avoid breathing in the dust.

Step 1: Remove the Grout Around the Damaged Tile

Take the grout raker tool and use it to remove all of the tile grout around the edges of the damaged tile.

Step 2: Drill Holes Into the Tile and Break It Into Pieces to Remove

Take the drill with a masonry bit and drill a series of holes into the broken tile. Then, take the hammer and tap the tile until it starts breaking into sections. Once the tile is broken up, remove all of the pieces.

Step 3: Remove the Old Adhesive

Use the scraper to remove all of the old adhesive off the surface of the subflooring. Vacuum up the dust so the space is completely clean and free of debris.

Step 4: Apply Adhesive to the New Tile and Set in Place

Apply a layer of adhesive to the back of the new tile and set it place on the subfloor so that it sits evenly with the other tiles around it. Use the level to ensure the tile is flush with the surrounding tiles so the floor remains level. Let the adhesive fully dry before moving on.

Step 5: Grout the New Tile

Fill in the gap around the new tile with fresh grout. Use a damp sponge to remove any excess grout from the surface of the tile and those around it. Let the grout dry as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions, and then apply a sealer if needed.

European Heritage Has Everything You Need to Remove and Replace Broken Tile

If you have a broken floor tile, European Heritage has all of the tools, tile, and materials you need to make your floor look like new. We even have experts on hand to provide you with advice if necessary. Just visit one of our European Heritage showrooms today, or shop our website online, and get the tile, adhesive, grout, and all of the other materials you need to do the job right.

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