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Posted by Stephen Mattinson, on
How can i replaced a damaged ceramic floor tile?
ANDREW & HILARY MEREDITH

ANDREW & HILARY MEREDITH

First you need to get it up without damaging the ones next to it. if it is badly damaged that will be easy - put something like a screwdriver into the broken part and lever it up from there. If it is only cracked you need to carefully dig out the grout between it and the neighbouring tiles - again, a flathead screwdriver can be used - and then get under the tile and lever it up, taking care not to damage the edges of the tiles that are ok (it might help to put cardboard under the edge of whatever you are using to lever it up). When that is done, see how much dry tile adhesive is left underneath and scrape most of it away. Once more, the screwdriver comes in, possibly helped by a hammer. The main thing is to get rid of anything that would stop the new tile from laying flat. When that is done and all the bits removed (pick up lumps and vac the rest up - very important to get rid of dust because it will prevent the new tile from sticking down properly), put some tile adhesive on the back of the new tile (always assuming you have one!), wiggle it about to get it level (if necessary get it up again and put more or less adhesive on it), and leave to dry for a day. Then fill the gaps with grout and smooth off. You can sponge off excess, but to get the final finish on the new tile, wipe with a dry cloth when the surface has dried - a final dry polish, in other words. Normally you would use floor tile adhesive. If the floor is solid (such as concrete), then you can get away with wall tile adhesive for one tile. Just don't tread on it till next day! (The special stuff for floor tiles sets more quickly, but you don't want to have to buy a whole bag, whereas you can get ready-mixed wall tile adhesive-and -grout -in-one in a small container form a DIY store.) But if you have coloured tiles with coloured grout you will have to get some of the appropriate colour, possibly from a specialist tile shop. That will be wasteful but you don't (one assumes) want a bit of the floor standing out in the wrong colour. Finally: the reason why you don't grout immediately is to allow the air to get under the tile so the adhesive can dry hard. Even if you use the all-in-one stuff, i.e. the same thing for both purposes, you still need to wait. Always check what it says in the product instructions.
Thomas Lyon

Thomas Lyon

Hi, I would use a sharp hooked blade and gradually remove the grout from around the edge if you press on to hard and try and take to much out in one go there is a high chance you will slip with the knife and scratch the surrounding tiles so just take your time with it. I wouldnt suggest using a grinder to take the grout out as there is a high risk of you catching the edges of the other tiles. Make sure all the grout is removed then keep giving the damaged tile firm taps with the hammer untill you see it starting to crack and then you should be able to remove all of the old tile easily. Remove all the adhesive underneath with a scraper and then rebed a new tile and regrout.
Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

Hello Steven, I think you have lots of information on how to do this. All I would like to add is that your wear safety glasses. Regards Michael
John Brown

John Brown

Hi Stephen first remove grout then use sharp tool of some kind make sure you dnt damage any tiles around it clean up surface making sure all dust free replace tile allow to dry then grout up if you are a decent DIY guy then you should not have any problems regards john
Anthony Canning

Anthony Canning

I think you should get a professional tiler to do it as you could end up damaging the floor and cause more problems. Regards Tony
Rafal Kaczynski

Rafal Kaczynski

Hi Stephen It's very easy to replace it. First you need to remove grout around tile Then you can drill a hole and try to fit flat screwdriver then lift it up. Sometimes they are difficult to remove so if this one will be try to break it in a half then remove in 2 pieces. Make sure that grout is removed completely Hope this will help Best regards Rafal
Miroslaw Mierzwinski

Miroslaw Mierzwinski

Hi Steven. You need to very gently brake up damaged tiles,than remove and clean old adhesive. Once that is than. , you can apply new adhesive in the place and put new tiles on it. Wait till adhesive will dry up and apply new grout. Job done. There is nothing to difficult
Paul Gazee

Paul Gazee

Hi Stephen Use a hammer and a bolster chisel but first use the hammer only in the centre of the tile making a central opening. Then with chisel angle it underneath the tile to the under side to lift and break the tile one little piece or section at a time, once you get the edge carefully postion the chisel so you dont chip the tile next to it. You must wear safety glasses and ear plugs or ear defenders. Have a dust pan and brush so you can sweep pieces up straight away and put pieces in a builders waste bag or bucket.
Alan Bridge

Alan Bridge

Drill several hole in the centre of the tile with a masonry drill bit 12.5 min lift tile from the centre remove cracked tile towards the edges of the next good
John Barnicoat

John Barnicoat

Hi there , I agree with Nish You can remove grout around the edge with a grout rake and then break up the tile removing in it small pieces . Scrap away all old grout from area and lay new tile
Nish Maroo

Nish Maroo

Hi Stephen, Please remove the grout from the four side of the tiles, now break the tiles from the centre which shall crack all the way to the four corners. Using an old chisels left the broken pieces out from the centre of the tiles.
Barry Warden

Barry Warden

Hi Stephen you will need to remove the tile from the centre out by breaking it and then removing it piece by piece Regards Barry
Shaun Odonnell

Shaun Odonnell

Use an old wood chisel. Cafefully chip the glaze of the tile and break it. Try before to remove the grout around the said tile. Chip at it and remove all the grout from the floor area( this is important as you wont get a new tile in place with adhesive underneath it
Jason Stockhill

Jason Stockhill

Drill holes in the tile enough to create a crack line then just tap it all out srape off the grout, scrape off adhesive. Re tile use a straight edge to ensure flat and even with the new tile
Karl Hayes

Karl Hayes

Scrap out as much grout around the affected tile drill one hole in the centre of cracked tile and four others a couple of inches from the outside towards first hole, then with a chisel and hammer gently try and connect all drilled hole from the centre this should bring your tile away without damaging others.
Dave Clarinhbould

Dave Clarinhbould

Yes make sure you get all the old grout out around The tile,be very carefully if you have got underfloor heating If your not competent enough get a tradesman Shouldn't cost much, better to be safe we normally use an old wood chisell To take off the grout use the edge and scrape it backwards
Jim durant

Jim durant

Hi there if its only down on concrete cut the grout out so threes nothing touching the other floor tile and then give the centre a good wack with a hammer until it splits eventually you will be able to break it out. the carefully take out the adhesive .. if its a wooden floor come back to me. rgrds jim
Benjamin Macann

Benjamin Macann

Easy .try and use a little hand held grinder to grind out the joints around the tile .then insert a hole in middle off tile if not already there .and try with a small chisel and hammer to get under it and it should prize up .depends on how hard the floor adhesive is too . Hope this helps Ben .mbc

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