Saturday, 20 November 2010

Tips to Replace Damaged Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile becomes the best choice for flooring as it gives a good look for houses. However, it would not be so good when it is damaged. Get it repaired immediately before it is getting worse. Or, you may repair it by yourself since it is not that difficult as people may think. Hence, we have some tips for you.

Firstly, you should go to a local flooring supply center. Or, you may visit a home improvement center to get a new tile to replace the old one which has already been damaged. To make it easier, you had better bring the sample of tile you want to buy from the damaged one in your house. Other things that you should buy are grout mix and adhesive.

When you have got home with new ceramic tile, you mat start repairing. Using an edge tool, like chisel or awl, remove the old plaster of the damaged tile. Keep a careful action so that you would not damage the surrounding tiles. Then you can break off the old tile with the awl and a hammer. Remove the old plaster and adhesive to clean the subsurface. Make it smooth so that the new tile can last longer on the floor.

Check the condition of the floor. Ensure that the area of the floor where you want to put the new tile is sound. Test the structure by knocking the tile. If you hear any creaks beneath the tile it means that the area of the floor is not good enough that it may make the tile difficult to stick firmly with the floor. You can fix the creaks by using extra screws or nails through the sheeting into the floor joists underneath.

Next thing you should do is to apply the adhesive to the back of the new tile. After that, you can apply the new tile into the areas. Make sure that you press it strongly and let it dry. When it gets dry you can plaster over the new tile. Wait for 15 minutes to let the plaster set. Clean the excess plaster by wiping it off with some sponge or cloth. Now the last thing you have to do is to wait for 24 hours until the tile dry.

See, it is not that difficult to repair damaged ceramic tile floor, is it? Now you had better do those tips and get comfortable floor.

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