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.

Use a painter's tool or putty knife to remove the grout from around the cracked 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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