How To Fix Or Repair Cracked Tiles



Tile floors usually have a lot going for them. They are durable and simple to care for. In order to add more appeal, tiles can also be easy to replace or repair when damaged. In some situations, you will find that your tiles are cracked, which may happen for several reasons.

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If this is familiar to you and are dealing with one or two tiles, here is a guide to help you fix and replace them easily:

1.    Apply Glaze

This method may not fix the appearance of your cracked tiles, but it may fill cracks and prevent further damages. Applying glaze is also a great investment since you will need to glaze your tiles so as to match repaired floors.

At first, you will need to clean the surface properly, mop, and wipe twice or so if necessary. The remaining dirt can become trapped permanently under the glaze.

Many individuals also choose to go for a clear glaze since it goes with every grout and tile color, but colored ones are not always available. When applying glaze, open your windows to prevent inhaling the flames.

2.    Extract Old Grouts

Use the right abrasive grout saw to remove super glue and grouts from the joint. Some saws have teeth, whereas others have an abrasive coating on their blades. Use either of the types with caution so as to prevent scratching your tiles.

Remember also to use a vacuum to remove dust thoroughly. Afterward, clean grouts with a mildew remover or bleach to get rid of every trace of mildew.

Rinse and keep it dry until you see no standing water in joints. However, try leaving joints somewhat wet before grouting.

3.    Deal With Scratches And Chips

The most popular problem with tiles is small scratches and chips that may occur around the edge. They look more visible on darker tile floors and expose lighter porcelain or ceramic underneath.

There is a trick for covering the tile chips up, and probably it’s sitting in the drawer inside your house. Simply look for a matching shade and paint it on the chip.

With time, the nail varnish can darken. For this case, apply some nail varnish remover and apply the original mix again.

4.    Prepare The Subfloor

If you prefer installing tiles over the existing surface, you may need to ensure the surface is free of imperfections and clean of any debris. At times, you can solve imperfections by patching with an all-purpose glue and waterproof compound.

If you also want to install over the laminate flooring, ensure the surface is around 1.6 inches thick or more. You may want to add concrete backer board layers for a surface that is not thick to achieve the correct floor thickness.

5.    Remove And Replace Damaged Tiles

If you just want to seal cracks, jump right to the task and seal tiles. Before starting the project, gather the tools you need, including a broom to sweep excess residues, a brush, chisel, gloves, and safety goggles.

Based on how accessible your tiles are, you will need to break them and insert new ones. You may try preserving glass tiles by freeing them by wedging your chisel under one corner and use your hammer to remove the tiles.

Repeat the same process at other corners and accessible sides. Concentrating more on one side will result in cracks.

Concluding Remarks!

Tiles are common flooring options, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. They are also durable, waterproof, last for a long time, and simple to clean.

Although they are strong, they experience a lot of traffic – meaning they are likely to loosen, crack, and wear out.

It is important to handle the problem as fast as possible as it may result in further issues, such as getting infested with molds and water seeping.



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