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How to replace a vinyl tile.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Appropriate replacement tile
Latex tile adhesive
Putty knife/joint knife
Tile adhesive notched trowel
Piece of wood block
A piece of plywood that is exactly or is a
bit bigger in size than the tile being replaced
Bricks for weights (around three or
In the course of maintaining the floor tile
scheme of your house, you may have to replace one or several tiles
over time. With a bit of sweat and effort, this can be done in
Caution: Of course, when dealing with electrical
devices, such as a hair dryer, that generate heat, make sure you
take precautions. When dealing with chemicals, such as those found
in tile adhesives, make sure you take
precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.
Replacing a vinyl tile can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
Using a hair
dryer as a heat source, warm up the tile (and the underlying
adhesive) you intend to remove by aiming such a hair dryer at
it, and continue to apply heat with the dryer until the tile
that is to be removed has its adhesion to the floor consequently
loosened, increasingly softens and becomes manageable to be
removed with a joint knife, poking this knife underneath one of
the tile corners to ultimately remove the whole tile.
removing the tile that needed to be removed, use the same joint
knife to remove the adhesive remnants left behind from the
removal of the subject tile; remove as much of the remnants as
possible. Be careful not to accidentally damage
neighboring tiles in this adhesive-remnant-scraping process.
Using a tile adhesive notched trowel,
spread an even layer of new latex tile adhesive onto the ground
that is exposed as a result of the removal of the previous, old
tile, all for the preparation of the installation of a
replacement tile over such a spread.
For about two
minutes or so, use the hair dryer to warm up the replacement
tile before you install it in the place of the already removed
Upon warming it up just a bit, carefully install the tile in the
place of the already removed tile, over the newly spread tile
adhesive, aligning one edge of the replacement tile with that of an
already installed tile as you lower the replacement tile into place
so that it ultimately it is squarely aligned on all sides as it sits
in its permanent place.
Next, to make
sure the replacement tile is sitting properly on the ground,
gently tap its surface down with a wood block that is hit with a
After you go over
the surface of the replacement tile with the rubber-mallet
tapping of a wood block, use a dampened cloth/rag to wipe off
any excess tile adhesive that might have spewed out of the tile
while the replacement tile cures/dries, place an appropriately
sized piece of plywood over such a tile with weights (three or
so bricks could be the weights) on top of the plywood in order
to hold the plywood evenly over the tile surface.
The next day, or
after about 24 hours, remove the weights and plywood off of the
surface of the newly installed replacement tile.
That's how to replace a vinyl tile with a new
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