Bathroom Tile Repair
Bathroom tile repair can be very easy or very difficult
depending on the problem. Before you begin the repair, spend a
little time determining how bad the problem is. Tap and press
on the tiles to see how solid they sound and how far the
problem spreads. If the wall or floor behind the tile feels
mushy, then you have a larger problem than a simple repair will
solve and the tile will need to be replaced, along with
whatever caused the problem underneath.
Assuming that the problem isn’t major, let’s take a look at
a few simple repairs. The first problem many homeowners
encounter is the grout. Maybe it is dirty or mildewed and
cleaning hasn’t helped. Or it is cracked and missing in places.
Fixing this is fairly easy. First, using a putty knife or a
flat screwdriver, scrape the old grout, removing as much as
possible. Now wash the area to remove loose grout and dust. For
repairs, premixed grout paste is the easiest. Simply spread it
into the joints you just cleaned and wash it off.
Next, let’s repair any cracked or loose tile. Again using a
putty knife, pry up the loose tiles. If the cracked tile isn’t
loose, lightly tap it a few times with a hammer to loosen it,
or break it into smaller pieces. After prying out the tile,
clean the glue off the wall or floor beneath the tile as best
you can. Also, scrape any loose grout from the adjoining tiles.
Take the largest pieces to a tile store or home store and find
the best match you can. Buy the pieces you need along with some
glue and grout.
Spread glue to the back of the new tile using the putty
knife, and tap the tiles into place. Make sure they sit flush
with the adjoining tiles. Allow the tiles to set and the glue
to dry before grouting. Wash any glue off the surface of the
tile or in the joint before it dries. Now following the
instructions above, apply fresh tile grout. You now have a nice
new tile repair.