If tile becomes damaged, it can be expensive to replace the entire area. If most tile remains intact, save money by replacing only the damaged tile, keeping the rest of the tiled surface intact. This quick project requires only matching tile, a matching color of grout, and a few tools.
You will need:
• Tile grout in a color that matches the existing grout
• Tile that matches the existing tile
• Single nail
• Masking tape
• Grout float
• Thin set mortar
• Damp towel
Step 1: With the masking tape, tape off the edges of the tiles that surround your damaged tile. This protects the surrounding intact tiles during damaged tile removal. Make sure the tape only covers the tiles, leaving the grout joints exposed. After installing the new tile, you will replace this grout.
Step 2: Place a nail in the center of your damaged tile and use the hammer to hit its head. This should crack the damaged tile, breaking it away from its substrate. The tile will then be easier to remove.
Step 3: Put the chisel at the center of your cracked tile, pointing it away from you at a 45-degree angle. Tap the chisel with the hammer to get it into an under your cracked tile. Begin at the center and move out to the tile edges. Bring up both mortar and tile, going down to the substrate and extending to surrounding tile edges.
Step 4: Get the replacement tile and spread a thin layer of thin set mortar onto the back of it, using the trowel. Use just enough mortar to create a skim coat, not enough to enable mortar to come up on the tile edges when the tile is pressed into place.
Step 5: Line the tile up in the space made in Step 3. Press the tile firmly into place. Wait overnight for the mortar to dry.
Step 6: Grout the tile in place, spreading the grout across the tile joints with the grout float. Continue this process until grout has been packed into joints. Use the damp towel to wipe all excess grout from the surface of the tile.