How to Properly Replace a Broken Tile

Ceramic tile is one of the more durable floor materials, but that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. However, the great thing about tile is that it can be replaced if damanged. Handyman Connection of Chicago Central discusses how you can do just that.


Removing the Grout

Removing the tile’s grout is an important first step since failing to remove it will make replacing the tile very difficult to do. Make sure you have your safety goggles on, and use a grout remover to remove the grout. Apply just enough pressure on the grout line and slowly scrape the grout off the tile area.

Loosening the Tile

Once you’re done removing the grout, apply painter’s tape around the edges of the tile. You’ll need to do this to protect the other tiles since you’ll be drilling the broken tile. Afterward, drill evenly spaced holes into the tile’s broken parts using a ¼ inch ceramic bit. Doing this frees the pieces from the substrate, which makes the tile easier to remove.

Removing the Tile

Next, you’ll want to gently tap out the broken pieces of the tile with a hammer and chisel. We suggest you use a smaller hammer for this along with a narrower chisel.  Tile and cold chisels work, too, but if you don’t have these, you can always use a flat-bladed screwdriver. Chisel the tile at 90 degrees, then switch to a 45-degree angle once you hit the glaze.

Once you remove the old tile, just make sure you clean the old thinset off the tile substrate. Make sure to clear it of debris and dirt as well. Once you’re done cleaning it, all you need to do is simply install the new tile.

Handyman Connection of Chicago Central is ready to assist you in replacing your kitchen and bathroom tiles.  Fill out our form or give us a call at (312) 265-3886 for more information on our services.

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