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How To Replace A Damaged Tile

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It only takes a single cracked or broken tile to ruin the appearance of a well-tiled wall. Fortunately the solution is neither difficult nor expensive. It does however require a number of specific tools.
What you'll need: 
Grout raker
Power drill with masonry and tile bits
Heavy gloves, safety goggles and dust mask
Adhesive spreader
Wooden batton and tile spacers
Grout spreader and shaper
Cloth and sponge
Removing the damaged tile is the most difficult part of the replacement process. The quickest method of achieving this is by using the grout raker to remove the grout surrounding the tile. Fit the drill with a ceramic bit before drilling a number of holes in the tile, further weakening its grip on the surface.
Use the hammer and chisel to cut through the tile's surface and remove the broken pieces. Keep the chisel at an angle so as to avoid digging into the wall. Wear thick gloves to protect your hands from tile shards.
Use the chisel to scrape away as much of the remaining tile adhesive as possible as a smooth working surface is essential. Use the adhesive spreader to remove small pieces close to the surrounding tiles.
Check that the new tile fits the hole securely before spreading tile adhesive on the back of the tile. Put the tile in place.
Run the wooden batten over the tile to ensure that it is even with the surrounding tiles. Position the tile spacers perpendicular to the tile surface while the adhesive dries.
Once the adhesive has been allowed to set, remove the tile spacers. The tile is now ready for the grouting process.
Use the grout spreader to fill the spaces between the tiles with grout paste. Using a diagonal action with the grout spreader will ensure that the grout isn't pulled out of the joints.
Use a damp sponge to remove excess grout paste from the tile's surface. Dry the tile with a soft, clean cloth.
Once the grout is fully dried, carefully run the grouting tool along the joints to remove any untidy or excess grout.
Professional help certainly isn't needed to replace a broken tile. While some equipment expenses are incurred, it is beneficial to build up a personal tool kit for similar tasks in the future.
If the grout starts to discolour over time, use a brush-on grout colourant.
Wipe the area with a damp cloth before fitting the new tile. This will ensure that all dust and debris are removed.
Always wear safety goggles when working with tiles as they can easily shatter into glass-like shards.


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