How To Repair Cracked Ceramic Tile
Cracked ceramic tiles can look unsightly. Although glazed ceramic tiles are incredibly durable and potentially last for the life of a home, it can still break under certain circumstances. If you have a spare tile on hand from the job, then you're ready to go. Otherwise you'll want to bring home samples to make sure a good match is made. Then follow these steps.
1. Remove The Damaged Tile
The trickiest part of this repair is to remove the damaged tile without creating more damage. Use a drill with a masonry bit to create a set of holes that run diagonally across the tile. Then use a chisel to begin loosening the tile at each hole that was created. Chisel lightly to avoid damaging the surrounding ground. The tile will come out in pieces. Then use a scraper to remove the old grout that surrounded the damaged tile. A smooth surface is necessary, so if that can be created from the grout, that will work.
2. Clean Up The Mess
You'll need a clean repair site for the new tile to properly set. Make sure to clean up any dust, debris, and other leftovers from the tile removal. If you use a damp cloth to remove stubborn debris, then you'll need to allow the repair site to dry out completely before moving to the next step.
3. Center The New Tile
Using a tile adhesive, you'll want to place the replacement tile in the center of the repair site. A thin set mortar will also work, but it needs to rest for about 10 minutes after mixing to work properly. Once the tile is placed, fill in the mortar around the tile and tap it in as needed. Skim over the surface of the tile and then allow the repair to sit.
4. Remove The Film.
A wet cloth after the mortar has been completed can remove the leftover film on top of the tile. Then allow to dry for several hours. Buff the tile clean and wait at least 24 hours before using it. Knowing how to repair cracked ceramic tile can help homeowners save some money while maintaining the look of their home. Follow these steps and you'll be able to complete this repair successfully.
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