How to Replace Cracked Ceramic Tiles

Your beautifull ceramic floor suffered an impact with a heavy object such as a pressing iron or the likes. One of the tiles or more are cracked and you do not really know what to do to replace the cracked ceramic tile. With a bit a patience and skill your ceramic floor will look again unblemished.

Steps to Replacing Cracked Ceramic Tiles

    • Remove the grout arond the damaged tile – use a carbide tipped grout saw

    • Pry the tile with a chisel and a hammer – tap gently from the center toward the edge to avoid damaging the surounding tiles

    • Remove all the thin-set adhesive from the area
    • Sandpaper to smooth the edges

    • Fill any gouges with epoxy-based thinset mortar if the underlayment is cementboard; for plywood use self leveling cement
    • Allow the thin-set mortar to dry

    • Apply thinset adhesive on the back of the new tile – use a 1/4″ notched trowel

    • Place the tile in place and press it until is even with the surounding tiles
    • Place spacers in between the tile and the surounding tiles

    • Place a wood block on top and lightly tap it with a hammer until the tile is flush with the surface ofthe floor
    • Remove the spacers with a needlenose pliers

    • Remove any thinset adhesive out of the grout joints – use a small screwdriver

    • Wipe any adhesive from the surface of the tile -use a damp cloth or sponge

  • Let the tile to set for 24 hours and apply grout into the grout joints with a putty knife