Patching Individual Tiles

Patching Individual Tiles


Broken tiles not only look ugly, they can also cause moisture to penetrate your kitchen or bathroom and cause further damage. Repairing or replacing individual tiles is easy with the right tips and tricks.

Mending or replacing?

Minor tile paint or small hole damage can be repaired directly without having to replace tiles at the same time. If there is a real break or crack, it makes sense to think about replacing the tile. Moisture can penetrate cracks through cracks and cause greater damage. Sometimes, however, you do not have any replacement tiles on hand and you'll have to repair them.

Tile repair

The most important thing - as with all tile work, including repairs - is the clean surface. The area to be repaired must be free of dust, grease and dry.

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For small damage to tiles, such as superficial scratches or cracks in the coating, there are so-called tile repair pens. With these thin layers of paint can be applied without much effort. The main thing here is to thinly use the varnish and let it dry. A second layer can still be applied, a sanding is much more expensive. When the paint has completely cured, you can smooth it with a very fine sandpaper. Mostly, the repaired spot can not be distinguished from the rest of the tile. Tile repair pens are available as clear coat and in every conceivable color.

Boreholes in tiles can be filled with putty. These can also dry out and then possibly sand to paint them with the paint pen. Here, too, the result can be seen with correct application, or the damage repaired can no longer be seen.

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Cracks in tiles can be treated with tile adhesive, which must be worked very precisely into the crack. Let the glue dry and remove excess with a sharp knife or razor blade. Here, too, you can finally seal with the varnish pen.

Exchanging a tile

For large cracks or broken tiles, there is often no choice but to replace the entire tile. The prerequisite for this, of course, is that original tiles are still available.

First you should completely cut the joint of the tile with an angle grinder or a tile grinder. This will ensure that the subsequent forces that must be applied to the broken tile do not transfer to neighboring tiles and damage them.

Then smash the tile with a hammer and chisel and remove it from the ground. Also, try loosening most of the adhesive underneath so that you can then apply a uniform, smooth surface again.

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Clean the surface of dust as much as possible. Again, the substrate must be free of dust and grease and of course dry. Now apply the adhesive with a trowel or a spatula and pull the grooves with the toothed spatula. Press the tile into the adhesive area and pull it into place. Make sure that the joints around the tile are evenly distributed.

Allow the adhesive to cure after removing all adhesive residues from the joints with the wooden spatula. With a fug board you now have the tile diagonal to your alignment. Make sure that all joints are evenly filled. Then clean the tile with a sponge.

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