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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.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

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

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