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How To Change A Ceramic Tile (Without Damaging The Rest Of The Floor)

When you have got the best ceramic tile floor, which by the way is sturdy too, the option of pulling out all the tiles or a few damaged tiles could be easy options, but not the most economical ones. A tile can break due to several reasons, such as a major shock, which happens when a tool drops from the top of a stepladder or some other reason. For any such case, you should find the most suitable method to remove the damaged tile.

The first step is to check if you have a spare tile of the same collection and color and lot. There may be differences in color tone and/or size when two tiles of the same collection and color are not of the same lot. The lot is printed on your box and has two elements, caliber, and tone. It is crucial to do this check if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises. Then you will need a vacuum cleaner, oscillating tool or hand-grouted scraper, hammer, chisel and a good dose of patience.

Once this has been done, the following operational procedure must be followed:

  1. Using an oscillating or manual tool, scrape the grout around the tiles to separate it from other tiles. This way you will avoid damaging the other tiles.
  2. Once the grout joint has been removed, break the tile into several pieces. Do not try to remove it at once, as that will certainly damage the enamel of the tiles around.
  3. Remove all ceramic pieces and, using a hammer and chisel, scrape all the cement-glue that remains on the floor. During this step, proceed with caution to avoid damaging the tiles around.
  4. Once the cement-glue is scraped, check that your replacement tile fits into the empty space. If necessary, scrape your grout and/or cement glue again.
  5. Finally, spread some cement glue and make your grout.

Although this method is effective and has a good success rate, keep in mind that there is always a risk of damaging the rest of the floor by changing a tile. Indeed, you can break the enamel of a tile located next to it (which forces you to change two tiles or more!) Or, by striking on the floor (especially when it ‘s is a plywood substrate), you risk to peel the ceramic around. This is why such a repair should not be taken lightly. Finally, in the case of tiles located in damp environments, such as a ceramic shower, seek the advice of a professional tile installation Charlotte company before you embark on such a project.

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