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How To Remove And Replace A Broken Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile is a durable, attractive and versatile flooring surface, and it usually requires little care other than regular sweeping and mopping. However, ceramic tile is capable of being cracked or chipped by heavy objects. If you have a damaged ceramic tile and want to replace it, then you can easily perform the work yourself. Below is a list of materials as well as a step-by-step procedure for doing the job:

Tools and materials needed

  • Replacement ceramic tile piece
  • Sanded grout powder
  • Thinset mortar
  • Wooden paint stirrer
  • Bucket
  • Square-notch trowel
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge
  • Electric multitool with carbide grit blade
  • Eye protection
  • Claw hammer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Floor scraper
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Water spray bottle

Step-by-step procedure

1. Remove the broken tile and grout - If the cracked tile is loose, your work will be simpler since all you will need to do is pull up the broken pieces and clear out the grout. However, if the tile is merely cracked, but still firmly attached to its base, you will need to remove it using a multitool and carbide grit blade.

First, put on a pair of safety glasses to guard your eyes from flying chips of grout and tile. Next, power on your multitool and slowly move the edge of the blade down the middle of the grout. Work deliberately, and do not plunge the blade into the grout; otherwise, you may lose control of the tool and inadvertently scrape or cut neighboring tiles.

Once you have cut through the grout all the way around the broken tile, strike the center of the tile with a claw hammer. Do not attempt to break the tile; your goal is to merely make it "pop" free from the mortar holding it to the base. Once the tile breaks free, pull it up from the edges with the claws on your hammer. Pick up any loose pieces of grout with your hands and use a flat-head screwdriver to scrape away stubborn bits and pieces.

2. Scrape the mortar and clean the base - After the tile is removed and most of the grout is out of the way, scrape the base using a floor scraper to remove the mortar. Be careful not to scratch any of the surrounding tiles while scraping. Vacuum up loose pieces of mortar and dust, then spray the base with warm water and wipe up the residue to create a clean surface.

3. Attach the new tile to the base with mortar - Once the base has been stripped of dried mortar and is completely clean, then you are ready to mix the mortar. Mix a small amount of mortar powder and water in a clean bucket and stir it with a wooden paint stirrer until it reaches the consistency of mayonnaise. Allow the mortar to sit for about 10 minutes, then dip your square-notch trowel into the bucket and scoop out an egg-sized amount of mortar. Spread the mortar on the base in a thin layer and scrape the side of the trowel over the mortar so that it touches the base. The notches in the trowel will create defined lines of mortar across the base.

Next, place the new section of tile on top of the mortar and center it so the grout spaces are even on all four sides. Be sure the tile is level with its surrounding neighbors, then leave it alone to cure for at least 24 hours before grouting.

4. Grout the new tile - Once the tile has cured, mix a small amount of sanded grout following the directions on the package. Scoop up the grout with your grout float and push it into the spaces on all four sides of the new tile section. Be sure it penetrates to the bottom of the gaps and that there are no air pockets remaining. Don't worry if you have excess grout on the surface of the tiles, as it will be removed in the next step.

After the grout is applied, dampen a grout sponge and lightly rub it across the surface of the tiles to clean up the excess grout. Rinse the sponge frequently while cleaning, and be careful not to release water into the grout from the sponge. Allow the grout to dry for at least 24 hours before walking on the tile or applying any weight to it.

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18 September 2015