WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CRACK A TILE
Tiles are an exceptional flooring and surface choice for home interiors. When they are installed correctly, they can last a lifetime. But while they require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean and are extremely durable, they aren’t completely indestructible.
Sometimes, tiles can crack. And if you don’t have the time or money to replace the whole floor, it can be stressful trying to work out how to fix it. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that you can take to repair a cracked tile before it becomes a problem.
Important tip: When you are renovating and laying tiles, make sure that you do keep a few spare in the case that you need to replace them for any reason.
Also, remember that if you are experiencing tiles cracking in a relatively new floor or you are unsure of how the cracks were caused, you may want to get a professional in to take a look. There could be an underlying problem that needs addressing.
Fixing a cracked tile
- Clean the area thoroughly, including the surrounding grout, using a mix of oxygen bleach powder diluted in water. This will remove any excess dirt and help ensure you obtain a clean finish. Leave the solution for a few minutes before scrubbing the grout gently.
- Apply glue until the area is level. Generally, a clear glue that is two part epoxy is the recommended choice.
- Once the glue has completely dried use a paint brush to lightly touch up the area over the crack.
- Finally, use some clear urethane over the top of the paint once it’s dry to keep the paint in good condition. Once dry, wipe with a damp cloth.
Option 2: (Complete tile removal and replacement)
- The first step here is to find a matching tile if you don’t already have one.
- When removing the damaged tile, take your time and work gently so you don’t crack or damage the surrounding tiles. Use an electric drill with a 1/4-inch-diameter masonry bit to create a number of holes running diagonally across the cracked tile. Then, using a chisel and ball-peen hammer, work to split the tile along the holes.
- Gently tap until the entire tile comes loose, then work to clean around the tile and remove any grout and dust.
- Purchase some adhesive or latex fortified thin-set mortar. Follow the directions for mixing the product carefully and apply. Ensure the tile is centered and leave overnight.
- Mix up a solution of grout and work around the edges of the tile to ensure all of the gaps are completely filled in. Let the grout cure before wiping over the tile.
- Once everything is completely dry, buff the area with a clean towel. Don’t walk on the tile for the next 24 hours.
And there you have it. Two options for repairing a cracked tile that you can do yourself!