Step by Step Instructions on how to Remove and Replace a Broken Ceramic Tile
By Mark J. Donovan
||Ceramic tile is brittle, and can consequently break easily if something is dropped on them or if a hard object hits them. Thus it is wise when doing a ceramic tile installation project to save a few spare tiles, because someday you will inevitably need to remove a broken tile and replace it with a new one.
Step 1 – Site Preparation
First begin by adding some layer of protection around the broken tile so that you do not damage the surrounding tile. For example use cardboard or a drop cloth to cover the surrounding tiles.
If the broken tile is around a fixture, such as a faucet, remove the faucet.
Step 3 – Removing the Broken Ceramic Tile
Once the grout has been removed, apply masking tape in an X pattern across the surface of the tile. This will help to prevent the flying of broken ceramic tile chips.
Next using your hammer and screwdriver/chisel carefully tap and crack the ceramic tile over the X masking tape pattern.
Once you have cracked the ceramic tile, use your hammer and chisel to knock out and pry away the broken pieces.
|Step 4 – Removing the Old Ceramic Tile Adhesive
With the old tile removed, now remove the old ceramic tile adhesive. Use a scraper or your screwdriver/chisel to remove the adhesive.
Step 5 – Install New Ceramic Tile
With the old tile and adhesive removed you can now install a replacement one. If the tile removed was a whole tile piece then simply apply some adhesive to the wall and to the back of the ceramic tile with a putty knife and push into place.
You may want to use some spacers to hold the tile in place for the appropriate grout lines.
If the removed ceramic tile was a partial tile, because for example it went around a faucet, then you may need to use some tile nippers to shape the new tile to the opening of the removed tile space.
Let the adhesive set up over night and then install grout around the tile the next day.
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