Broken tiles can be troublesome to repair especially to homeowners who do not know how to do it. Not to worry, though, tile installation can be simple and easy. On this article, I will furnish you with an easy step-by-step instruction on how to replace shattered porcelain tiles.
Here are the things that you will need:
- any carbide-tipped scoring tool
- chisel (or a flat-blade screwdriver)
- 1/4 in trowel
- thick rubber gloves
- safety glasses
- painter’s tape
- replacement tiles
- Thin-set mortar
- grout mix
- grout float
Before you proceed with replacing the broken tiles, make sure that your safety gears are on so any dust or shard of porcelain won’t injure you. First, remove the grout around the broken tiles using a carbide-tipped scoring tool. Don’t put too much pressure in scraping the grout so that the neighboring tiles won’t crack or break in case your hand slips.
After removing the broken tile’s grout, secure the area with painter’s tape to protect the surrounding tiles from shattering. Now, drill the large sections of the flooring to free them from being attached to the substrate. Thus, making it easier to take out.
Use a hammer and chisel to break the tiles gently and clean the area. Point the tool (a flat-blade screwdriver works too!) at 90 degrees and start tapping until you reach the glaze then switch to a 45 degree. Clean off the cement where the tile was attached using a wider chisel. You can also use sand paper to get rid of stubborn bumps. Regardless where the tiles are on, this method perfectly works whether they’re on a cement or plywood.
Now, onto placing down the new tile. Make sure that not only the empty spot is combed with Thin-set mortar but also the back of the new tile so that it will stick well without problems. After putting Thinset mortar both on the empty spot and the back of the new tile, set the new tile in place and level it with the rest of the tiles. Make sure that the spacing is even, as well. You would want to make it look like there was no replacement done.
After you’ve made sure that you set the tile down correctly, let it sit for at least two hours and then mix enough grout to cover up the gaps between the new tile and the rest. After 15 minutes, check if the grout is still wet or sticky. If not, scrub the excess grout on the tiles with a damp sponge. Once the area is clean, make sure that the tile or tiles that you replaced won’t get stepped on or moved for at least 24 hours.
That’s all there is to it! Those are the only things that you need to have and do to replace broken porcelain tiles. If you don’t have any of the tools that you need to get this done, then be more creative with finding an alternative tool that will work similarly as the ones needed so you won’t have to purchase.