Introduction

Cracked tile can be unsightly and can lead to larger foundation issues in the long run, but replacing a broken tile can be a simple and straightforward fix. After finding matching tile and grout, the replacement will be all but unnoticeable.

Image 1/1: Using an edge or corner of your painter's tool or putty knife, scrape the grout along the perimeter of the broken tile.
  • Use a painter's tool or putty knife to remove the grout from around the cracked tile.

  • Using an edge or corner of your painter's tool or putty knife, scrape the grout along the perimeter of the broken tile.

  • Be careful not to crack or scratch surrounding tiles.

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Image 1/3: If the tile does not lift, place an old rag over the tile and use the hammer to break the tile into smaller pieces. Image 2/3: Avoid using surrounding tile as leverage and be precise and careful while using the hammer. Image 3/3: Avoid using surrounding tile as leverage and be precise and careful while using the hammer.
  • Use the painter's tool or putty knife to pry up the broken tile.

  • If the tile does not lift, place an old rag over the tile and use the hammer to break the tile into smaller pieces.

  • Avoid using surrounding tile as leverage and be precise and careful while using the hammer.

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Image 1/3: Using the painter's tool or putty knife, scrape the grout from the edges of tile and any adhesive from under the tile. Image 2/3: Be careful of sharp shards of tile. Image 3/3: Be careful of sharp shards of tile.
  • Remove the broken pieces of tile, using gloved hands for large pieces or a broom for smaller shards.

  • Using the painter's tool or putty knife, scrape the grout from the edges of tile and any adhesive from under the tile.

  • Be careful of sharp shards of tile.

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Image 1/3: Drag the toothed end of the trowel across the adhesive to create even rows. Image 2/3: Quickly remove any adhesive from the surrounding tiles using a wet sponge or old rag, working quickly as the adhesive will begin to dry. Image 3/3: Quickly remove any adhesive from the surrounding tiles using a wet sponge or old rag, working quickly as the adhesive will begin to dry.
  • Apply new adhesive using the trowel, making sure the adhesive is spread evenly.

  • Drag the toothed end of the trowel across the adhesive to create even rows.

  • Quickly remove any adhesive from the surrounding tiles using a wet sponge or old rag, working quickly as the adhesive will begin to dry.

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Image 1/3: If available, use tile spacers to ensure proper placement. Image 2/3: Allow the adhesive to dry based on the instructions provided on the product. Image 3/3: During this time, prevent foot traffic on the new tile.
  • Place the new tile down in the center of the empty space.

  • If available, use tile spacers to ensure proper placement.

  • Allow the adhesive to dry based on the instructions provided on the product.

  • During this time, prevent foot traffic on the new tile.

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Image 1/2: Fill in the area around the new tile, making sure the new grout matches the height of the surrounding grout. Image 2/2: Use a moist sponge to wipe diagonally across the tile, cleaning off excess grout after each wipe.
  • After the adhesive has dried, add water to a small amount of grout until it's the consistency of toothpaste.

  • Fill in the area around the new tile, making sure the new grout matches the height of the surrounding grout.

  • Use a moist sponge to wipe diagonally across the tile, cleaning off excess grout after each wipe.

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Image 1/2: Wait and allow grout to dry for several hours. Image 2/2: Keep foot traffic away from the new tile until the grout has had time to dry.
  • If any bubbles or gaps form in the grout while removing excess, add more grout and repeat the cleaning process.

  • Wait and allow grout to dry for several hours.

  • Keep foot traffic away from the new tile until the grout has had time to dry.

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Conclusion

Allow the grout to dry and then resume normal use.

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Thanks for the great tips for replacing a cracked tile. So, you can't just caulk the crack itself? That's what I always thought, but I can see how replacing the entire thing would be the best choice. We have a broken tile in our bathroom, so I'll remember this. http://houstongroutsmith.com/services/

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