Experts in the field of house construction always advise repairing any tile damage on time so that the damage doesn’t escalate into a major problemlater on. Installing tiles on your own is not easy, even if it just replacing a tiles. You need to have some DIY skills to do it. Just make sure you do it early so that your floor needs less maintenance and lasts longer.
Here are some steps which teach how to repair bathroom tiles in an easy way.
Chip out Tile Adhesive Along With the Tile Piece
Removing damaged tiles can be very problematic because it may even lead to breakage of the adjoining tile(s). The best way is to usespecial tools like the grout.
When removing tiles ensure that the membrane waterproofing that lies beneath the tile does not face any damage during the process. It requires lots of patience and concentration.
You can also use drilling machine to puncture holes on the tile so that the tile gets broken down and removed easily. You must be careful in not drilling too deep inside into the wall or floor. There should be no waterproofing damage during the process.
Once the tile is removed you should remove the mortar or adhesive stuck behind it. Only when the adhesive has been removed completely from wall you can install a new tile. A tile fitted on a rough wall surface doesn’t last long and chips out with time.
Protect the Water-Proof Membrane
Depending on the membrane used, you should choose a method to repair rubber and vinyl membranes underneath that doesn’t damage membrane. This is because it may make for water seepage into the floors and walls.
Use Ceramic Tile Adhesive
Now, you must apply ceramic tile adhesive or tile cement to the gap on wall (from where previous tile was removed) using a trowel. When filling small gaps you can use putty as well.
Push New Tile on Cement Bed
Once the cement bed (walls or floor) is ready you can push new tile on it. You should apply uniform pressure on edges of the tile and ensure the surface of tile is in level with the adjacent ones.
Wait for the Tile Adhesive to Dry Up
Next, you should wait for the tile adhesive for it to dry up. Once it gets dried-up, use a sponge or wet cloth to clean up the surface of tile so that any adhesive accumulated on the tile surface can be cleaned. It becomes difficult to remove adhesive from the tile’s surface once it gets dried up.
Use Caulk to Repair Joints
You can make use of high quality sealant or caulk if you want to repair joints of shower fixture. These joints don’t give up easily against grouting and require specialized treatment.
Points to Remember
- You must be careful while drilling or breaking damaged tiles. You can easily damage adjacent tiles in the process.
- You should arrange similar color and size tiles before getting on with replacement process.
Consider asking an expert for help if you have not done anything like this before.