Replacing a broken floor tile

Floor tiles can get cracked due to wear and tear, or through damage if a heavy object is dropped on them. Replacing a single tile is more cost-effective than re-tiling an entire floor. Wear goggles while drilling into the tile, in case any shards fly towards you

Tools and materials

Grout raker, drill, goggles, gloves, club hammer, cold chisel, scraper, spirit level, tile adhesive, grout, sponge.

1. Remove grout from around the edge of the tile. A grout raker is perfect for this process.

2. Drill a series of holes into the broken tile. This helps break it up, making it easier to remove.

3. Remove the broken tile with a cold chisel and club hammer, then scrape the old adhesive off the floor surface.

4. Apply adhesive to the back of the new tile and position it. Use a spirit level to make sure it sits flush with the surrounding tiles.

5. Allow the adhesive to dry, then grout the new tile. Clean off any excess with a sponge.

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