As homeowners, we’re sure that you will agree nothing is quite as frustrating and tedious as little repairs that just seem to pop out of nowhere. From leaking pipes to chipping paint and even cracked floors – where does it even stop?
It can be rather intimidating handling all of these repairs by ourselves, and so we often hide them away at the bottom of our to-do lists. However, putting these things off like cracked tiles or grout will only lead to further damage (and more money out of your pocket!)
We understand that home repairs can be difficult, and we’re here to help! Here is a detailed account of how to replace cracked tiles, along with everything you will need to get it done.
P.S. You can find a better (and easier) alternative at the end, so be sure to check it out!
What You Will Need
- Replacement tiles for each cracked tile
- Grout removing tool
- Tile adhesive
- Fresh grout (try to match the color to the grout at your home for a uniform look)
Steps on How to Replace Cracked Tiles
Here are the steps you will need to follow to replace your cracked tiles or grout without damaging the adjacent flooring.
Step 1: Remove the Cracked Tile or Grout
The very first thing you need to do is remove the cracked tile. You will need to start by removing the old grout completely using your grout removing tool or a Dremel rotary tool. This might produce some dust, so use a protective covering for your nose and avoid breathing it in.
Then, break up your cracked tile into little pieces and pry it up using a chisel. Be extremely careful not to extend the damage to the rest of your flooring.
Step 2: Get Rid of the Adhesive
Once the entire cracked tile is removed, you will need to get rid of the adhesive underneath. Use a paint scraper to remove it properly so you can have a clean, flatbed to place your new tiles on.
Step 3: Mix Up Some New Tile Adhesive
Mix some tile adhesive and spread an even layer over the back of a new tile. Leave around ½ inch of the perimeter around the tile free of adhesive, so the glue doesn’t push up and fill your grout joint.
Step 4: Press Down the New Tile
Press down your new tiles firmly in place and level them with the old tiles. You can use a straight edge to ensure that the floors are leveled and tap gently with a hammer on any high spots to put them in place.
Step 5: Fix the Grouting
Finally, mix up some fresh grout and add it to the joints. You can easily apply it with your fingers and clean off any excess using a piece of cloth. Remember to let it set before you use the flooring.
Do all of these steps sound like too much work? Perhaps you aren’t equipped enough or lack the flooring skills needed to carry them out properly. Either way, we have some good news for you – you don’t have to do it all on your own!
A Better Alternative – Grout Experts
Replacing cracked tiles around your home requires extreme precision and flooring expertise. Only then will you be able to remove the broken tiles and grout and replace them with new ones properly. Going at it on your own can further expand the damage, leading to more cracked tiles and additional expenses to cover.
Why not leave this to the highly-trained professionals at Grout Experts? Our skilled team has the right knowledge, equipment, and experience needed to handle all of your tile replacements at a minimal cost. We assure a job well done and guarantee customer satisfaction at our topmost priority. To hire reliable flooring experts, give us a call at (847) 356-6928 or contact us here.