How to Replace Floor Tile

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You may find yourself ready to replace your floor tile for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a few broken pieces; perhaps you just want a new look. Whatever the case may be, replacing floor tile is a job that you can do, if you've got the right tools and a plan to proceed with.

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Things you need

  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Tiles
  • Grout

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    Break up the old tiles. Be sure to wear safety glasses while you do this. Use your hammer to break the old tiles so that you can remove them. Tiles, or pieces of tiles, that are stuck can be easily broken lose by using a chisel and hammer. Discard of the old tiles and sweep up any remaining tile chips and dust.

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    Examine the floor to be sure that it's level. The remaining layer of grout may not be quite level. Take the time to work out any significant bumps in the base with your hammer and chisel. Sweep up and shop vac away any remaining dust and debris.

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    Mix your grout and apply an even coat, 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick onto the floor. Place your tiles on this layer, pressing each tile firmly in place.

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    Apply an extra layer of grout to fill the spaces between the tiles when all the tiles are set. Wipe away any excess grout with a damp sponge or rag, rinsing it out periodically.

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    Allow the grout to set before putting weight onto the new tile floor.

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