How to Fix Cracked Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile looks great and it’s durable, but you may find yourself with a broken tile every now and again.  Fear not, there is a way to replace broken tiles without having to redo an entire wall or floor.

Before you get started, you’ll need some tools to get the job done right:

  • Multi-tool
  • Grout
  • Replacement tile
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Bristle brush
  • Thin set mortar
  • Notched trowel

In this video, Lou shows how this project can be completed in no time.

Here’s a step-by-step process for fixing that cracked ceramic tile:

  • Grind out the existing grout surrounding the broken ceramic tile
  • Hit the broken tile with a hammer to loosen it up
  • Use the hammer and chisel to remove the remaining pieces of tile–be sure not to damage any of the surround tiles
  • Scrape away the old glue with the chisel
  • Brush out the debris
  • “Butter” the back of the new tile with thin set mortar, covering the entire surface
  • Press the tile back in place, lining up the joints, and let is set overnight
  • The next day, just regrout the tile and you’re all set

Safety Tip: Be sure to wear protective glasses when chiseling and maybe some gloves to protect your hands from the old, broken tile when removing.

Ceramic tile looks great and it’s durable, but you may find yourself with a broken tile every now and again.  Fear not, there is a way to replace broken tiles without having to redo an entire wall or floor.

Before you get started, you’ll need some tools to get the job done right:

  • Multi-tool
  • Grout
  • Replacement tile
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Bristle brush
  • Thin set mortar
  • Notched trowel

In this video, Lou shows how this project can be completed in no time.

Here’s a step-by-step process for fixing that cracked ceramic tile:

  • Grind out the existing grout surrounding the broken ceramic tile
  • Hit the broken tile with a hammer to loosen it up
  • Use the hammer and chisel to remove the remaining pieces of tile–be sure not to damage any of the surround tiles
  • Scrape away the old glue with the chisel
  • Brush out the debris
  • “Butter” the back of the new tile with thin set mortar, covering the entire surface
  • Press the tile back in place, lining up the joints, and let is set overnight
  • The next day, just regrout the tile and you’re all set

Safety Tip: Be sure to wear protective glasses when chiseling and maybe some gloves to protect your hands from the old, broken tile when removing.