How To: Fix A Cracked Tile

What you will need

  • Safety glasses
  • Grout remover
  • Grout float
  • Notched trowel
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Replacement tile
  • Adhesive
  • Grout
  • Spacers
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Dust sheet


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  • 1 Put down a dust sheet. Then start to remove the broken tile. This is done by removing the grout around the tile with a grout remover. Top tip: Be careful of shards of ceramic. Wear goggles at all times.
  • 2 When you removed all the grout, place a cloth over the tile and use a hammer to break the tile into smaller pieces.
  • 3 Put on gloves and remove the pieces and throw away.
  • 4 Use a chisel to remove any of the old adhesive that was holding the tile in place. Be sure to remove all adhesive and not to damage the surface underneath. Clean all the dirt and debris when finished.
  • 5 Use a notched trowel to apply ready mix adhesive to the surface. This makes sure that the adhesive is spread evenly and provides you with grooves, which allows you to push down and maneuver the tile into the correct position. Clean off excess adhesive with a sponge. Put in spacers.
  • 6 Place the tile in position. Leave the tile to set according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the adhesive. Normally it will have to be left overnight.
  • 7 When the adhesive is set the next step is to grout the tile. Mix the grout according to manufacturers instructions using clean water and a clean container. Apply the grout around the tile using a grout float. Make sure the grout is pressed in around the edges of the tile.
  • 8 Use a damp sponge to wipe off any excess grout from the tile and then leave the grout to dry.