Tiles are an extremely durable flooring solution that provide a great deal of customization potential to your floor. However, just like all other types of flooring material, general wear and tear and age can cause individual tiles to break or chip over time. In the event that a single tile (or only a few tiles) breaks, you can easily replace it with just a few simple tools in a short period of time.
What You'll Need
Before you get started, you should gather all of the materials and tools that you'll be using so that the process goes as quickly as possible. You'll need a grout saw, a hammer, a chisel, safety glasses, grout, a replacement tile, mortar, and a trowel. All of these things can be found at most hardware stores if you don't already own them.
Replacing a Broken Tiles
First, you'll want to remove the old tile from your floor. Even though it may have cracked or broken, it will most likely still be attached to the floor. You can use a grout saw (either manual or electric) to cut into the grout around the broken tile. Once the grout has been cut, you can use the hammer to break up the already broken tile into smaller pieces that you can then remove, cutting with the grout saw as needed.
Once the mortar has been exposed underneath, you'll want to use the chisel to remove it. Hit it gently with the hammer to break up chunks of old, hardened mortar, taking care to not damage the surrounding tiles.
Once the majority of the old mortar has been removed, you can mix replacement mortar according to the instructions on the bag and apply it using the trowel. Take care to spread it evenly over the area where the tile will be placed.
Then, all you have to do is set the tile in place. Press it down so that it sits evenly between the remaining tiles. You may want to take a flat piece of scrap wood and place it over the tile, tapping with the hammer to set the tile evenly with the rest of the floor.
Once the tile has been set, you can apply the grout, following the manufacturer's instructions, to spaces between the tiles. Wipe up the area with a paper towel or rag to remove any excess mortar and grout, and let the grout harden before walking over your floor normally again.
If your floor has suffered more extensive damage, contact a flooring installation company for professional assistance.