If you have a bathroom tile that have fallen off or if the grout around a tile is lifting, it is essential to repair them as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in water getting under the tiles and causing considerable fallen off to the sub floor, turning a DIY job into an extensive repair by a tradesman. Repairing fallen off or damaged floor tiles is vital to avoiding costly bills. Make sure to follow safety guidelines when doing your repairs. Goggles and gloves should be worn to avoid any injury.
If you’re not adverse to the idea of tackling the repair yourself, here are a few easy steps to getting the job done with relative ease and minimum fuss.
1. Cover the damaged tile with a towel and tap it gently with a hammer. Take care not to get too carried away! You are not trying to take down the Berlin Wall, but merely trying to loosen the broken tile. Avoid hitting any of the tiles that don’t need repairing. When it has cracked and loosened enough, use the back of the hammer or a putty knife to lift the loose tile. Chisel out the old grout and adhesive from the broken tile. Make sure the area is nice and clean to ensure a good fit for the replacement tile.
2. Apply a ready mixed adhesive to the underside of the replacement tile. Different tiles require different adhesives so check that you have the correct adhesive before applying.
3. Press the replacement tile down into the gap left by the broken tile. Getting the tile to sit at the same level as the existing tiles is important to avoid any ridges. Apply enough adhesive to bed the tile onto and apply pressure to push it down to the correct level. Any adhesive that is displaced can be removed with a cloth. If it is not removed and it sets it will leave an untidy finish when the new grout is applied. Allow the adhesive to set for at least 24 hours keeping it free of any traffic and water.
4. Apply the grout into the gaps around the tile. Press the grout into the gap with your finger. Remove any excess grout and let it set for 24 hours. Once the grout has set, use a damp sponge to buff the area. This process will remove the grout residue on the tiles and it will level the grout to a neat finish in the gap around the tile.
5. Apply a sealant to the grout to avoid any water penetrating it and undoing all your hard work. Be sure to check with the manufacturer that you are using the correct sealant for the grout that you have used.
Having the confidence to tackle a simple repair job like this will ensure you can keep costly repair bills down, saving you both stress and money! What more could you ask for?