How To Replace A Broken Tile

How Replace A Broken TileTo fix a floor or wall tile is a reasonably easy project.

Before you start, make sure you have a tile that matches the one you want to replace.

If you cannot get a matching tile, you will need to think about using a contrasting coloured tile or group of tiles. You could even use a textured tile to make a feature.

For example, if you had a broken tile in front of your vanity unit (or in front of the Kitchen sink) and you cannot match them, try pulling up 4 tiles and laying 4 new tiles as a Feature pattern.

The same on a splash back, make a feature using new Textured tiles if you are unable to match up to the existing tiles.

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Step by Step Instructions

How To Replace A Broken TileUse a Grout removing tool and scrape away all the grout around the broken tile. Be very careful not to damage surrounding tiles!

Put on safety goggles and gloves, and then break the tile further with a hammer. Floor tiles on a concrete base can be hit fairly hard. Wall tiles, just hard enough to crack them (you do not want to damage the wall behind the tile)


Some floor tiles have concrete instead of grout. You will possibly need an Angle grinder and a Diamond tipped blade to cut away the Cement/Grout. Be very, very careful you do not damage surrounding tiles.

When the tile is broken into several pieces, you can use a hammer and chisel to chip the tile away from the floor/wall. Again, with wall tiles you must make sure you do not dig holes in the wall behind the tile.

When the tile has been removed make sure the surface of the floor/wall is smooth and clean and dust free. Fit the replacement tile in place and make sure it is level and does not rock or protrude. Remove the apply adhesive to the tile and press firmly into place.
Again, make sure the tile is even with surrounding tiles. Not too low or high. Ensure the gap around the tile is even.

Wait 24 hours and then mix up matching coloured grout and using a rubber squeegee push the grout into the gap. Remove excess and wipe over with a damp cloth. (or sponge) Wipe 2 or 3 times using a clean cloth. Wait until almost dry and polish off with a dry cloth. Try not to disturb the grout. Wait 24 hours before washing the floor/wall to allow the grout to dry.

How easy is that? Get cracking!