I just bought a new house (not a NEW house - it was built in 1966).
ceramic tile floor in the kitchen. One of the tiles is loose and
there is grout
missing from around the tile.
What's the best way to fix this? Should I try to pull the tile out
and reset it or can I just grout around the tile? Will that secure
What should I use to do this? Thanks.
Go to the hardware store for pre-mixed tile repair grout. It is way more
expensive than powdered grout, but for just a few tiles it is the cost
effective way to go. Remove the whole tile if it will come up without
breaking and slobber the pre-mix all under and around it.
I had about 7 loose tiles in my foyer (9"sq). I cut as much grout out with a
4-1/2" diamond saw blade on an angle grinder (very dusty). DeWalt sells the
blade for about $11 U.S. I then started picking up tiles. I think I lost 2
to breakage. Cleaned up area under tiles down to underlayment, and removed
any loose grout. I used notched trowel to apply new thinset (one with latex
additives). Let tiles set about 48 hours, and grouted.
Dennis J Sunday
Home Inspection Systems
The tile needs suppport fully underneath or it will crack under a load.
You must pull it up. You must chip and scrape most of the old thinset off
both tile and floor. You must use a notched trowel to spread new thinset
in ridges over the entire tile or bare floor. The ridges are critical to
give room to squish the tile back to the original level. Grout after that
sets. Shortcuts will leave the tile off level or cracked under load.
Before you do this, can you match the existing grout? If yes, take out the
remaining grout. Determine how loose the tile is to determine how much
force is needed to get the tile out. Careful, as you don't want to crack
the tile. Perhaps you could look around the basement and/or garage to see
if the previous owner left any spare tiles around. I might start with a
broad bladed putty knife and move up to a prybar of some small sort. The
tile should come up pretty easily. Be careful not to try to lift up any
mortar bed that may be there.
Once the tile is up, pick up some premixed mortar (usually a thinset--check
with the local home depot or similar). Plop the tile back on, smoosh it
around. Level to surrounding tile. Be careful to properly space the tile
to line it up with existing tiles. Clean up any excess cement in the tile
space. Let dry. Grout.
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