If you want to perform ceramic tile repairs on the floor, understand the process is fairly straightforward. The following will show you how to fix it.
Required Tools and Materials
Screws or nails
Use the chisel and awl to take out the damaged tile. Take care not to damage the tiles around it.
Use the hammer and chisel to chip the tile. Chip carefully, and only with a small piece at a time.
Remove the grout and adhesive from the floor by scraping it. This is time consuming, but necessary. A clean surface is required for the new tile to remain in position. Check the floor and make sure there are no defects.
If the floor needs repair, do it now. Tiles will pop off if you hear squeaks. These squeaks can be fixed by hammering in some nails through the joists. You can use screws rather than nails when making ceramic tile repairs.
Apply adhesive on the back of the new tile. Use the trowel for this task. A putty knife can be used also.
Set the tile in place. Allow the tile to dry completely.
Put some grout around this tile. Use a sponge to eliminate the extra grout. Smooth out the joints. Allow the grout to set for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes, wipe off any extra grout.
Let the new tile dry for twenty four hours. If you like, apply a waterproof grout sealer. This will keep the mildew from settling in.
Tips and Warnings
Put safety glasses on before chipping the tile. This will keep any pieces from flying off in your eyes. Do not wait for the grout to dry before wiping off the extra grout. Even if you are replacing just one tile, it is better to buy a few extra more. In case you make a mistake, you have a few backups in hand.
Make sure the tiles you buy match the colors of those on the flooring. To be sure, take the loose tile with you to the home improvement store. You can also purchase these in lumberyards and supply centers. There are also some grouts that are premixed already.
If you are going to perform ceramic tile repairs, make sure you have all the required tools with you. The workplace has to be clean. This will make it easier to do your work.