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  • How to: Replace Tiles

    Ceramic bathroom tiles may be broken of damaged over a long period. It may either be damage of the individual tiles causing them to crack or the damage to the grout joints. This causes water to leak to the floor space or into the walls and it can damage the lower level spaces and the sub-floors.

    Tips you should know.

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    Ensure that you follow the manufacturer instruction when repairing the damaged tiles.

    Take care not to damage the adjacent tiles. You can do this by breaking the intended tiles using a chisel and a hammer or a steel punch into small pieces.


    When breaking the damaged tiles, they can easily jump into your eyes and to prevent this, always ensure that you wear glasses. Put on leather gloves when dealing with the broken tiles. Take care not to break the membrane under the tiles.To repair bathroom tiles, you need grout, tile adhesive, hand tools and replacement tools.

    Here are simple steps in repairing bathroom tiles.

    First, remove the damaged tile with the tile adhesive. You may need to remove the tile by breaking it into small pieces. However, you have to be very careful, as it is easy to break the adjacent tiles tool. You do not want to repair the whole bathroom, do you?

    By using a grout or any other tool, carefully remove the grout from the surrounding of the tile joints as well as the damaged tiles. Take care not to break the membrane waterproofing underneath. Drill a hole in the middle of the damaged tile using a masonry bit. Many holes are required for the larger tiles to break it and remove it. However, do not drill too deep to prevent damaging the waterproofing membrane or the substrate.

    Using a chisel, break the tile into small pieces. Remove the tile adhesive or the thin set mortar behind the tile that you have removed. You will require a clean, smooth surface for installing the replacement tile. Before continuing, ensure that all the waterproof membrane is undamaged. It may need you to repair vinyl membranes or rubber to make sure that there is no leak below the tiles that you are replacing. However, the method to use depends on the membrane used.

    Obtain some thin set tile cement or ceramic tile adhesive to apply on the substrate together with notched trowel. You can apply on this material using a putty knife for the small repair. Push the new tile firmly on the thin set or the adhesive. Ensure the surrounding joints are uniform. Give time for the adhesive to dry up, then grout the surrounding joints any new installed tiles. Use plenty of water and sponge to clean the excess grout from the tile surface. Do this as soon as possible as after it has dried up, it becomes difficult to remove. For joints that don't lend themselves to grouting such as fixture penetration and metal trim, you can use a good caulk or waterproof bathroom.

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 29th October 2013.

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