How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

Many people enjoy having ceramic tile floors in their kitchen because they are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, accidents do occasionally happen, and if you, for example, were to drop a cast-iron pot on the ground, you might find yourself having to replace a broken tile or a chipped tile.

Beautiful Kitchen TileNever fear—this is a job most homeowners are able to handle, even if they don’t have a great deal of experience with do-it-yourself jobs. Here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  • Remove the grout.

  • Make sure you’re wearing safety goggles so you don’t get any flying dust or ceramic chips in your eye, and then pull out the grout from around the tile using a scoring tool tipped with carbide. You should apply just enough pressure to remove the grout without potentially damaging neighboring tiles.
  • Loosen the tile.

  • Put some painter’s tape around the edges of the surrounding tiles so they are protected, then drill some holes into the broken sections of the tile with even spacing. Use a quarter-inch ceramic drill bit. Doing this will help to free the broken pieces from the substrate, which makes them easier to remove.
  • Pull out the pieces.

  • Work from the center of the tile toward the edges, and chap the broken sections with a hammer and a small chisel. If you don’t have a chisel handy, you could also use a flat blade screwdriver. Begin with the chisel at a 90-degree angle to the floor, then switch to a 45-degree angle. When the tile is out, use a wider chisel to clean of the thinset from the substrate.
  • Set the new tile.

  • Put a small amount of thinset mortar over the substrate, and spread some thinset over the back of the new tile as well. Set the tile in place, and press it down firmly so that it’s level with adjacent tiles. Make sure it’s even on each side.
  • Apply the grout.Apply grout

  • After the thinset has cured for the recommended amount of time, mix some grout and put it into the joints with a rubber grout float. Wait 15 minutes for the grout to harden, then clean off the excess with a sponge.
  • Let the grout dry.

  • Do not step on the new tile for 24 hours while the grout dries in its place.

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