How To Replace Chipped Tiles

Tiles, like all flooring materials, withstand a great deal of physical trauma each and every day, which means that it's only natural for them to become chipped or damaged over time. However, because tiles are fairly brittle, they will not wear down and develop a new appearance like wood will: instead, they will simply crack or chip, which can ruin the aesthetic of your floor. Thankfully, replacing a chipped tile is a fairly easy process that you can do in just a few minutes without any specialized tools.

What You'll Need

Before you begin, you'll want to gather a hammer, a cloth, a pair of safety goggles and gloves, a chisel, a replacement tile, tile adhesive, grout, a putty knife, several rags and a sponge. All of these items can be found at most hardware stores if you do not already have them around your home.

Replacing a Damaged Tile

Cover the damaged tile with the cloth, and (while wearing your safety gloves and goggles in case of flying tile chips) smash the damaged tile with the hammer. This may take several hits before the tile is completely destroyed.

Remove the cloth and remove the remnants of the tile from the floor. You may need to use the chisel with the hammer to remove any of the more stubborn pieces.

Once the area is completely clear of the old tile, apply tile adhesive to the back of the replacement tile using the putty knife, taking care to spread it as evenly as possible.

Press the tile down into the place where the old tile sat, doing your best to make sure that it sits evenly against the other tiles. Place a heavy object over the tile, and let it sit for the recommended amount of time (check the adhesive, but most usually take a range of several hours).

After the adhesive is set and the tile is firmly in place, apply the grout using the putty knife around the edges of the tile, using the rags and sponge as needed to clean up the excess grout that gets on the surface of the tiles.

Once the grout has set, scrub down the area with a common cleaning detergent mixed with warm water to remove any adhesive or grout that may still be stuck on the surface of the tiles. You are now able to walk over the tiles as you would normally. 

If a large portion of your floor needs to be repaired, consider contacting a tile installation company.

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