DIY Network

How to Replace Floor Tiles

Damaged floor tiles can ruin a look of a room, but installing a completely new floor is expensive. Follow these steps on replacing damaged floor tiles.

More in Floors

updated bathroom retains period feel
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Remove the Damaged Tiles

With a chisel, remove any loose tiles around the focused area. Also remove any debris.

remove any loose tiles and debris around area

Step 2: Apply the Thin-Set

Make a small batch of thin-set, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, apply it to the area.

apply thin set to area to be repaired

Step 3: Place the Tiles

Back-butter each tile individually (image 1) and place them with a bit of pressure until they are level with the existing tiles (image 2).

Step 4: Remove Excess Thin-Set

Wipe excess thin-set off with a wet sponge. Gently push down the tiles one last time.

wipe excess thin set off with wet sponge

DIY Experts

Sweat Equity

Renovate your home with host Amy Matthews.

Tune in:


10 | 9C

Full Schedule



  • 2'x 4' metal ceiling panel (model: 309/color: Steel); 4' metal ceiling cornice (model: 705/color: Steel); inside miters (model: 705/color: Steel); nails (model: 1-1/4 cone head/color: Steel) and Prestplate from AA Abbingdon Affiliates Inc.
    27 Pedestal lavatory (model: K-2294-8/color: White) and widespread lavatory faucet (model: K-394-4/finish: Chrome) from Kohler
    Devonshire Line bathroom accessories:
    24 double towel bar (model: 10553); 18 towel bar (model: 10550); toilet tissue holder (model: 10554); glass shelf (model: 10563); robe hook (model: 10555); towel ring (model: 10557) soap dish (model: 10560 and tumbler/holder (model: 10561) from Kohler