How to repair a broken tile

How to repair a broken tile

Tiles are known for their durability and low maintenance. However, tiles can eventually crack when exposed to pressure changes, normal ageing or a sharp blow from a heavy object.

Maybe you were minding your own business making dinner and dropped your large Paella cooking pan on the floor. Thankfully, the food is still intact and smells amazing, but there is some bad news… a crack on the floor tile. Some good news is that it was only a hairline crack.

Even though it was such a small crack, you kept thinking about it and it even felt like it was looking at you every time you walked by. It’s time to do something about it. That’s where we come in – continue reading to figure out how to make this sight for sore eyes gone for good.

How to repair a hairline tile crack

If the tile in question simply has a small hairline crack, there is a temporary solution – to cover it with paint.

  1. Find a paint that matches the colour of the tile and mix it with tile filler.
  2. Clean the tile with a cloth and soapy water, rinse it and allow it to completely dry.
  3. Carefully paint the crack with a small brush or a cotton bud.

How to repair a deeper tile crack

If the tile crack is deeper than a hairline or if the tile has broken into two pieces, we would recommend removing the tile and replacing it for a new one.

      1. Place tape around the surrounding tiles to prevent any damage.
      2. Remove the cracked tile’s grout with a grout remover.
      3. Carefully drill holes into the tile. (Don’t drill too deeply, you only want to loosen the tile)
      4. Gently chip the damaged tile away and remove any old adhesive from underneath.
      5. Clean the area before laying a new tile.


      6. Put adhesive on the back of the tile and fit it in place.

      7. Fill the joints with new grout, wait for it to settle and then clean any excess off.

      If you don’t feel confident enough carrying out this task, we are here to help. At the Handy Squad, we have a team of highly experienced London tilers who will help you with any tiling needs you require. Request a free quote today by filling our online booking form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.



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