The worst thing that can happen after installing new ceramic floor tiles or wall tiles is a cracked tile. Don’t fret, the process of replacing damaged tiles is one of the many advantages of choosing ceramic tiles.
It’s a job most homeowners can handle and should learn because it will only cost you some hard work. When you were installing your new kitchen floor tiles or bathroom wall tiles, you must have had a few extras that have been kept safely. This is where they come to use.
Before starting out you’re going to need the right tools. Safety comes first; make sure you’ve got your safety glasses and gloves. For the machinery you will need a drill, chisel, hammer, paint scraper, plastic scraper, trowel, painter’s tape, bucket and cleaning sponge.
Now that you’ve got your tools let’s get to the steps of the job.
Step 1 – Apply painter’s tape around the adjacent tiles to protect them. Drill 4-5 holes in the center of the cracked tile and use the chisel to chip away the middle part of it. Then wedge the chisel under the tile and chip out the remaining pieces.
Step 2 – Scrape all the grout from the edges and clean the exposed floor by chipping the old glue with a scraper. Sweep the area for a dust free surface for your new tile.
Step 3 – Using the best adhesive for ceramic tile, mix the glue to a toothpaste consistency. Apply this to the back of the new tile and run a trowel across it. Now place the tile into the gap and gently press it down. Make sure it sits evenly.
Step 4 – When the adhesive is dry, remove the masking tape and clean the excess glue out with a plastic scraper. Mix your grout, apply it to the joints between the tiles and smooth it out.
Step 5 – After it has dried off, use a sponge to wipe the excess off and rinse the sponge to keep it clean. Let the grout cure for 24 hours for the tile to be ready.