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How to Replace a Broken Floor Tile

Learn how to remove and patch a section of damaged tile flooring.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Floor tiles can crack due to wear and tear, or through damage if a heavy object is dropped on them. Replacing a single tile is more cost-effective than retiling an entire floor. Wear goggles while drilling into the tile, in case any shards fly toward you. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

Chisel Out the Grout

Remove grout from around the edge of the tile. A grout raker is ideal for this process.

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Remove the Broken Tile

Drill a series of holes into the broken tile (Image 1). This breaks it up, making it easier to remove.

With a heavy hammer and cold chisel, remove the broken tile. It will come away in sections (Image 2).

Scrape Out the Old Adhesive

Scrape any hardened old adhesive off the floor surface revealed by the tile’s removal.

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Apply New Adhesive and Install New Tile

Apply adhesive to the back of the new tile and position it. Use a level to make sure it sits flush with the surrounding tiles (Image 1).

Allow the adhesive to dry, then grout the new tile. Clean off any excess with a sponge (Image 2).

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Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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