A wall tile that's loose, cracked or broken can ruin the look of an otherwise nice tiled wall. It can also literally ruin the wall, if moisture gets under it and migrates beneath the other tiles, creating an even bigger problem. Always replace a damaged wall tile as soon as possible. If you're having trouble finding a replacement tile, take the extracted one to your local home improvement store or search online.
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Things you need
- Grout saw (small square carbide blade on a handle)
- Small brush
- Metal putty knife
- Small hammer
- Replacement tile
- Tile adhesive
Use your grout saw to dig out the grout around the damaged tile. Remove it gradually, scraping the blade forward and back over the grout, breaking up the surface, then working your way down into it. Use a small brush to clean away the debris.
Set your putty knife into one of the lines around the tile, where the grout was. Gently tap the putty knife with your hammer, working it underneath. Move the knife to different points around the tile and repeat, until it comes out.
Use your putty knife to scrape off any remaining glue or grout, so the hole is clean and free of obstructions.
Spread tile adhesive on the back of your replacement tile with your putty knife. Press the tile into place in the space. Hold it tightly until it stays. Let it set overnight.
Use your putty knife to press grout into the lines around the new tile. Wipe off the excess with a damp sponge.
Tips and warnings
- If you can't find a replacement tile, re-set the old tile with new adhesive and grout.
- Wear eye protection when removing the old tile.
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