Replacing a Chipped Tile

Although thinking about adopting a dog is not as pressing as replacing that recently chipped tile in your kitchen, it is still a task many homeowners find themselves faced with everyday. The key to making sure this is not a hassle is saving the leftover tiles and grout from your project so you do not have to worry about finding something to match. As long as you keep these in a safe place and keep the grout in an airtight container, these materials can be kept for years until you need them.

Dealing with the Damage

Once you have noticed a chipped or lose tile, you must decide if the project is small enough that you can handle it yourself without having to worry about causing more damage or if it would be worth your while to call in a tile repairman. If you had your tiles professionally installed there might be a guarantee on the product that you can use to get a tile replaced for free. Check with your company to see what the policy is on this type of upkeep.

If you have chosen to replace the broken tile yourself, make sure you have all the materials you need before you get started so you do not need to worry about locating something when you are in the middle of the job. Have replacement tiles, a putty knife, grout, a spreader, a cleaning cloth and warm water on hand. Depending on the size of the job, you may also wish to wear work cloths to avoid ruining a nice outfit.

When you are ready to replace the offending tile, remove the surrounding grout so you can pry it loose. It is important to be as gentle as possible so you do not accidently damage or remove neighboring tiles in the process. Once you have the tile out you may wish to gently pull out any rough edges of grout around the space that might not fill evenly.

To insert the new tile, place a dollop of grout on the back of the tile and firmly push it into place. Be careful to line the tile up evenly with the others before you attach it so you do not create inconsistency in your design. Once the tile it adhered, take some grout on your spreader and spread it around the tile to fill in the gaps between the tile so it will stay in place. Once the grout is administered, use your spreader to both even out the coating between the tiles and remove the excess from the face of your tiles.

Each brand of grout will have its own instructions when it comes to how long the grout will need to dry or specifics when it comes to putting it in place. Be sure to read these thoroughly before starting and avoid putting pressure or moisture on the tiled surface until you are sure it has dried. When the grout is secure enough, wash away the excess from the front of your tile with a wet cloth. You may need to gently remove some of the smudges with a paint scraper once it has dried, but be careful not to scratch the tile in the process.

Because a tile surface is such a uniform piece and a focal point for a room replacing a chipped tile can make a world of difference in the appearance of the space. If you have keep the proper materials on hand the job will be quite easy. It does not take much time to do these repairs and it will be well worth your trouble.

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