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Home Improvement  /  November 21, 2017

How to Replace a Damaged Tile Like a Pro

A chipped or broken tile can spoil the aesthetics of your room, but you don’t have to live with it. With the right tools, you can replace it without the need to hire an expert. Follow these simple steps from Handyman Connection of Matthews:

Replace a Damaged Tile Like a Pro

Loosen the Tile

Before you start, always wear safety glasses to shield your eyes from dust, chips and other debris. Use a carbide-tipped scoring tool to scrape the grout around the damaged tile. Be careful not to gouge the intact ones nearby.

Once the grout is gone, cover the edges of the adjacent tiles with a painter’s tape to avoid damage. You may then drill a series of holes into the tile’s broken parts with a 1/4-inch ceramic bit. This helps free the chunks from the substrate.

Chisel Out the Cracked Tile

You’ll need ¼-inch tile chisel to remove the tile. If you don’t have one, you can use a cold chisel or flat-blade screwdriver instead. Tap out the broken pieces lightly with a hammer and a narrow chisel. Start at a 90-degree angle to the floor then shift to a 45-degree angle once you pierce the glaze. Be sure to work from the center out toward the edges. After removing the damaged tile, clean the old thinset off the substrate with a wider chisel.

Install the Replacement

Using a ¼-inch notched trowel, comb some thinset mortar over the substrate. You can also butter the back of the new tile with thinset for tighter adhesion. Set the tile in place and level it with the neighboring tiles. Wait for two hours for the thinset to cure.

Apply Grout

Mix a batch of grout then swipe it into the joints with a rubber grout float held at a 45-degree angle. Leave it for 15 minutes to harden. When it no longer feels sticky, wipe off the excess with a wet sponge. Make sure not to walk on the new tile for a day.

For professional help with your home improvement projects, turn to Handyman Connection of Matthews right away. Give us a call at (704) 255-5626 to learn more about our services. You may also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.

 

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