HOW TO REPLACE A WALL TILE – Having a cracked wall tile can make the whole wall look really awful. Apart from the aesthetics to your wall a cracked tile will also let water seep behind the tile causing damage to the wall. Here is a simple to follow guide on how to replace a single wall tile without having to re-tile the whole wall.
IMPORTANT – When you tile a wall it is always a good idea to keep a few extra tiles in storage, just in case you have to replace one in the future, otherwise it may be extremely difficult to find the exact matching tile.
It’s important that you wear eye protection and gloves when doing this job. The last thing you want is a piece of splintered tile going in your eyes or cutting your hands – so please be careful and wear the appropriate safety wear.
Scrape out the grout all the way around the tile. You can use a Stanley Knife to to this job or you can buy a Tile Grout Rake.
Take a piece of masking tape and place this in the middle of the tile you are going to remove.
On the masking tape drill through the tile. The masking tape will help prevent the drill bit from slipping on the smooth surface of the wall tile.
You can drill more than one hole to make the job easier – just remember to place masking tape before drilling any additional holes.
Using a cold chisel and starting from the center hole, chip away the tile until all the tile has been removed.
Take a scraper and move any wall tile adhesive and grout from the area where you removed the tile.
Take the new tile and cover the back with wall tile adhesive and put this in place on the wall.
Use tile spacers to ensure an even gap all the way around the tile.
Leave the tile to dry for a few hours before grouting.
Grout the new tile and clean up any excess with a damp sponge.