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Replacing a broken tile

You will want to replace broken or cracked tiles to maintain the appearance of a room. It is also important to replace them because damaged tiles can lead to leaks in the room, which can damage walls and floors.

Tools and materials

Grout raker, drill, gloves, goggles, mallet, chisel, scraper, tile adhesive, adhesive spreader, spacers, and grout


1 Use a grout raker to remove the grout from around the edges of the broken tile.


2 Check for electricity or water supplies using a detector. Weaken the surface of the tile even further by drilling a number of holes through it.


3 Use a mallet and a cold chisel to remove sections of the broken tile. Be sure to wear gloves and protective goggles.


4 Using a scraper, remove the old adhesive from the wall. Apply tile adhesive to the back of a replacement tile using a spreader.


5 Position the tile, checking that it sits flush. Use spacers to maintain grout gaps. When dry, remove the spacers and grout the joints.


Purchasing tiles

When possible, buy tiles of one color with the same batch number. Shuffle tiles of the same color from different boxes, so that any color variation will not show if a tile has to be replaced.


 Types of tiles

Most tiles are ceramic they are made of clay, have a glazed, smooth surface that is easy to clean, and are durable. Glazes are generally colored to provide decorative options. Some glazed tiles are prone to crazing, which may affect their waterproofing properties, making them unsuitable for bathrooms and showers. Natural stone is porous, so in areas where there is water, such as bathrooms, waterproof sealant must be used.


 Using plastic spacers

These plastic crosses are placed between tiles to provide equal-sized joints. The size of the spacer determines the thickness of the joint.