If you’ve always wanted tile floors, but you were afraid they might crack, then don’t worry. Minor cracks can be repaired, and once you learn the basics, replacing a broken tile is as simple as changing a light bulb. These few tips will get you headed in the right direction.
To fix a broken tile, start by removing the surrounding grout. You may use a grout saw, a grout scraper, or a chisel and a hammer. Once the tile is isolated, you can hammer it into smaller pieces.
Preparing the Subfloor
After you’ve removed the broken tile, you need to scrape up the old mortar. Next, vacuum up the dust, and you’ll be ready to apply new mortar to the subfloor. Then just lay the new tile into place.
Laying the Tile
When laying the new tile, be sure to press it down firmly. This will keep it level with the other tiles. Once it’s in place, try tapping it with the butt of your hammer. Next, insert tile spacers to prevent the tile from moving, and clean out around it with a screwdriver. After allowing the mortar to dry, fill the cracks with fresh grout.
If you can’t find another tile in the same color, then try removing a few more tiles. You can then create a design that will look much better than an odd-colored tile. It will also cost a lot less than replacing the entire floor.