Ceramic tile is strong, durable and requires little maintenance to look great for years. Unfortunately, falling objects can break tile if the objects are heavy enough. Today, Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville will teach you a simple process for replacing broken tile:
Step 1 – Put on your safety glasses and then use a carbide-tipped scoring tool to rake the grout around the broken tile. Make sure to use just the right amount of pressure to remove the grout without damaging the neighboring tiles. Apply painter’s tape around the edges of the broken tile after removing the grout and then drill evenly spaced holes into the tile’s broken parts with a one-fourth inch ceramic bit. This will make the broken tile easier to remove.
Step 2 – Use a hammer and a narrow chisel to gently tap out the broken pieces, making sure to work from the center out toward the edges. Begin with the chisel at a 90 degree angle to the floor and then switch to a 45-degree angle once you penetrate the glaze. After you remove the broken tile, use a wide chisel and clean all the old thinset off the substrate.
Step 3 – Get a one-fourth inch notched trowel and apply straight furrows of small amounts of thinset mortar over the exposed substrate. Make sure to apply thinset mortar to the back of the new tile. Place the new tile into position and then press it down firmly. You need to ensure the spacing is even on all sides. After two hours, the thinset mortar will cure. Use a grout float to swipe the grout into the joints and then use a damp sponge to clean the excess. The grout will dry after 24 hours.
Handyman Connection of Jeffersonville is here to help if you have broken tile. If you don’t have the time to deal with this problem yourself, our experienced handymen can replace your tile for you and help you with a wide range of common home maintenance tasks, as well. We are experts in carpentry, electrical work, storage, plumbing, painting and more. Contact us here to learn more about how to replace broken tile. You can also ask for a free estimate.