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Ceramic tile(s) is/are broken.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Appropriate replacement tile(s)
Tile saw (cordless, preferably)
Chisel (cold chisel, preferably)
Ceramic tile adhesive
Grout sealer, like Aqua Mix Sealer
Putty knife/joint knife
Tile grout float
Tile grout sponge (such as a hydro sponge),
Fine-pointed brush (like what an artist uses)
So, either in your bathroom or kitchen, you find
that your whole beautiful tile wall scheme is
ruined--spoiled--because one of the tiles is visibly cracked or
otherwise damaged. What to do? Well, if you're lucky, you can
find a replacement tile of the same type and have it installed in
place of the damaged tile in no time to restore the beauty of your
ceramic tile wall.
Caution: Of course, when dealing with sharp
objects, such as a grout saw or tile saw, make sure you take
precautions. When dealing with chemicals, such as those found
in tile adhesives, grout and a sealer, make sure you take
precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.
Replacing a damaged tile of a ceramic tile
wall can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
First, using a
tile saw or grout saw, remove the grout that forms the
surroundings of the damaged tile that is to be replaced.
Use a hammer and
chisel to carefully crack the damaged tile completely so as to
have the tile completely removed from the wall, being careful
not to physically disturb the surrounding tiles.
Taking all safety
precautions necessary for your situation, use a broom and
dustpan to safely sweep up the debris from breaking apart and
removing the originally damaged tile, being careful for sharp
pieces of such a tile.
Using either a
chisel or joint knife, scrape off the remnants of the old tile
adhesive where the now-removed damaged tile used to be; be
careful not to scrape off the wallboard layers in the process.
Using a joint knife,
apply the tile adhesive on the backside of the replacement tile
in preparation for its installation in the place where the
now-removed damaged tile used to be.
Upon applying the tile adhesive on the replacement tile per the
manufacturer's instructions, take this replacement tile and install
it in the place of where the now-removed damaged tile used to be,
making sure the replacement tile is squarely placed and that
consistent spacing is left on all sides of the tile.
Allow the replacement tile to cure/dry onto the wall for about 24
hours or otherwise per the tile adhesive manufacturer's
Upon 24 hours
passing or any other time period provided by the tile adhesive
manufacturer, using a grout float, apply the grout into the
sides/joints of the installed replacement tile. In
applying the grout, a good way to get the grout well within the
joints without disturbing what grout has already went in is to
maneuver the float across the replacement tile at an angle from
one side to the other; use a moistened sponge to wipe up any
excess grout; wipe again as needed when tile grout haze is
replacement tile grout to cure/dry for about 24 hours or
otherwise per the grout manufacturer's instructions before you
attempt to touch the tile.
After about two
weeks since the grout application, apply grout sealer over the
grout on the tile with a fine-pointed brush. This sealer
seals the grout around the replacement tile so that it becomes
smooth and bears a nice shining-appearance touch.
That's what it takes to replace a damaged tile.
Handyman Zone Team
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