How To Repair Cracked Floor Tile?
While constructing a new house or a new portion in the house, you made sure you use the best quality of tiles with extended durability. You were confident they would never wear out as you were keen on maintaining it properly and carefully.
Now, the problem is, some of the tiles have started to form cracks in them.
The issue is not with the tile only, but most of the time the when a tile gets cracked all the moisture or water gets into the sub-floor below the tiles especially if these tiles are in the bathroom or kitchen area. The long crack in the tiles is a settlement crack in the subfloor.
You are worried. Aren't you? Well, after reading this article you will not be, as here I will be explaining some techniques and ideas as for how to repair the cracked floor tile.
The repairing procedure depends on the type of cracks which your tile has. If the cracks are not severe ones, you can do a little filling and they should be good to go.
Repairing With Glue:
The repairing procedure depends on the type of crack. If the crack is not a severe one conduct a little filling on them.
Firstly, before starting the procedure, you will need an epoxy which will have glue and other adhesives. The next step is that you have to mix up these adhesives together to make an adhesive stronger glue.
Now, this glue will be used as crack filler. You can apply the mixture with a wooden piece or a piece of cloth. After spreading the mixture, clean off the extra glue with a wet piece of towel/cloth quickly before it dries off.
Fixing With Paint
Repairing with glue is a straightforward process, but if you are interested in the fixation of the tile in such a way that the color of the original tile is not disrupted then there is no issue in repairing the tile crack with the help of paint. This paint should be very same in color to the tile that needs fixing.
In this process, you will have to mix a portion of the paint with a tile filler. When the mixture is ready, then you will apply it with the help of a cloth or wood piece and clean off the residuals before they get dry.
Through this procedure, you will see that the crack will not be visible once you are done with the process.
The paint can also be used to paint the affected area to hide the crack. Take a small brush to layer the paint on the tile. Once the paint is dry, you can also use a coating sealer exclusively made for tiles to give it a final aesthetic touch.
Replacing The Tile
The crack in the tile is too large to be filled with epoxy glue, or it's not possible to paint the crack to hide it.
Don't get worried! Even this problem has got a solution.
Replace the tile. Yes, you heard us right. You might be wondering what would this method work out as it could not always be possible to replace the damaged tile as neatly as it was initially placed in a harmonized manner with the rest.
Without further delay, let's move towards the different techniques as how the damaged tile can be replaced most efficiently.
It is always wise to always keep a box of extra tiles whenever you are setting tiles for the first time, so that if you ever need to replace any one of them you don't have a hard time finding the replacement.
Procedure for replacing the cracked tile is as follows:
Clear The Grout
First of all, you have to clear the grout (adhesive material around the tiles) with a hammer. But be careful, while cleaning, you have to be super gentle. Otherwise, the adjacent tiles could get damaged.
Crush The Cracked Tile
Now the cracked tile is to be smashed down into small pieces with the help of a larger metal chisel. You have to be very careful about your movement. As you move towards the edges, slow down the crushing with the chisel and reduce pressure.
Cleaning The Sub-Floor
You need to dampen the sub-floor with a sponge to remove any residuals of the adhesive. If the adhesive is too hard to be removed with a cloth, try using a solid metal blade.
Here, again you have to be careful that while using the blade you don’t damage the sub-floor.
Applying The Thin-Set
Make a thin-set with the mixing dry mortar and water. Now apply thin-set mortar to the sub-floor where the replacing tile is to be adjusted. Spread the mortar over the entire surface evenly with a notched trowel.
Make sure you leave some empty gaps near the edges allowing the mortar to spread.
Placing The Tile
Now, it's about time you place the new tile on the thin-set material that you had applied on earlier. Look for the height of the replaced tile. If it's lower than the adjacent ones, increase the amount of thin-set.
Push down the highest corner with the help of your palms until the new tile is adjusted with the other ones.
Fill In The Gaps
Prepare a fresh mixture of grout to fill in the gaps that have been left after placing the new tile in replacement of the one that had a crack. Apply the grout in the respective areas. Wipe off any extra from the tiles and let them dry.
Clean The Tile
Put some cleaning solution on the floor, for instance, take vinegar. Clean the floor with the help of this cleansing solution and a piece of cloth.
Polish the surface of the tile with a dry rag. You have now replaced the cracked tile successfully.
From all the discussion, we came to know that, it's the type of crack in the tile that determines which sort of repairing we have to resort to in these circumstances.
Once we get knowledge about the level of damage to the tile, it is then a matter of time as how to repair the tile. There is also the option of just replacing it with a new one.