Introduction

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.

Step 1

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chisel Out the Grout

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

Step 2

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).

Step 3

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Scrape Out the Old Adhesive

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

Step 4

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).