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How To Repair Broken Wall Tiles – Step by Step Guide

Do you have wall tiles that have accidentally been broken? if your not sure how to repair broken wall tiles, then you come to the right place!

Some people may accidentally damage wall tiles straight after installation. Wall tiles are made from ceramic, porcelain, glass and even marble.

Wall tiles come in a variety of design patterns, colors, and sizes. Ideally tiles should suit the theme and decor of your home. The use of tiles not only improves the design of your home, it also improves the market value of your house.

Tiles are quite hard and long lasting.  However, due to their brittleness they are prone to crack under certain conditions.  For example, you may have cracked a tile whilst drilling a hole in it.

There are different options when it comes to tile repairs. You could hire a tiling contractor to repair your tile, but would likely be expensive.  To save money you could try and do it yourself.  The main issue with tile repair is space.  Once a broken tile is removed, there is not a lot of space to apply adhesive.  Also applying the right amount of adhesive is hard to judge.  Too much adhesive could make your tile not level from the others. Limited space also makes it difficult to apply adhesive in the first place.  When removing broken tiles you also run the risk of cracking more, which would be a nightmare! Breaking other tiles would increase the time and cost of the job.  If your handy at DIY then the following how to repair broken wall tiles guide is guaranteed to help.

How to repair broken wall tiles

Here is a step by step guide on how to repair broken wall tiles:

1. Assess The Damage

The first step in any tile repair job is to assess the damage, then decide on a plan of action. If there are only a few cracked, loose or missing pieces of tiles, a simple replacement job will suffice. If the damage is minimal, painting the cracks in the tile with matching paint will be simpler than replacing the tiles. If the damage is too large to conceal with paint then the bathroom tiles will need to be replaced.

2.  Purchasing Tiles And Tools

Before you start, ensure you have all the required tool and materials.  This will ensure that the job can be completed in one attempt.

You will need to purchase a filler or grout that matches the current filler in the bathroom.  You will need a bag of tile adhesive.  Here is a list of tools needed:

  • Adhesive
  • Grout that matches the existing grout
  • Replacement tile which matches the existing ones
  • Putty knife
  • Notched trowel
  • Hammer
  • You may also need a grout remover.

3. Replacing The Damaged Tiles

When replacing only one damaged tile, the simplest way is to remove it.  To do this, place the putty knife in the groove and tap with a hammer. If this attempt is unsuccessful, break the piece of tile with the hammer and remove it piece by piece.

4.  Remove the old adhesive and grout

Once the tile is removed, remove the old adhesive and grout using a grout remover and putty knife. Next spread a thin layer of adhesive with the notched trowel across the bottom of the tile and press firmly into place. Leave it to dry for a minimum of one hour. Fill in the gaps with the grout and smooth in place. Continue in this same manner until all of the damaged tiles are replaced.

5.  Prepare the wall

Always have in mind that before replacing the broken tiles, the wall must be prepared first. Using sandpaper on the area to be tiled helps a lot. This eliminates unevenness of the surface. Your aim is to have a even surface texture on which to lay the tiles.

6.  Install the new tile

After you have attained a smooth surface you can now apply the tile adhesive.  Mix the tile adhesive to the packet instructions.  Try to spread the adhesive to the same depth of the existing adhesive.  Press the new tile into the space.  Use spacers to ensure the tile is level and square within the hole.

7.  Grouting

Grout is the glue-like substance that goes between tiles.  Make sure that the wall surface is clean and dry. Dirt and moisture may hinder the adhesive property of the tile grout. Tile grouts can be mixed with paint or colored powder to give it the desired color.

8.  Cleaning

Once all of your broken tiles have been replaced, you will need to thoroughly clean grout off them.  Make sure you clean grout from tiles straight after applying it.


We hope this how to broken wall tiles guide has helped.  A majority of people have ceramic or porcelain wall tiles. Marble has also gained in popularity but its use is limited to only those who can afford it. Marble tiles also look beautiful.  Although difficult to install, they are more resistant to cracks. With the proper maintenance, marble tends to last longer than porcelain and ceramic.

If you follow these simple steps on how to repair a broken wall tile, you will succeed to make your tiles look like new. This will also save you a lot of money.

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