Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Tile floors, while beautiful, are often rather delicate. One clumsy mistake, and you have a broken tile floor - which is just no good. Luckily, we're here to help you figure out the next steps. Whether that means a full replacement or just a quick patch, we've got you covered.
The easiest ways to replace a broken tile floor are with epoxy or fingernail polish - though you can just replace the tile if needed.
Without further ado, let's get into it! Keep reading to learn the best ways to fix a broken tile floor in as little as thirty minutes!
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First things first - the two leading methods we'll recommend are not so much a fix as they are a repair . That is to say, if you look closely, you'll still see cracks where the tile was damaged. The plus side to this is that you'll be able to quickly fix the issue so that it can be addressed later down the line. The last method involves replacing the whole tile, which is... less than ideal, to say the least.
The first method that we'll be talking about is using epoxy for hairline cracks that aren't too wide.
Epoxy (or resin) is, in short, a hardening mixture used to glue or seal various materials. It's used in arts and crafts as well as home improvement. There are two different types - 1-part and 2-part epoxy. The former is generally cheaper, though the latter is what you want for this particular project. While you can buy it from home-improvement or hardware stores, if you can't find it, the link above will give you a high-quality, affordable alternative.
Now, just follow the steps to success! To fix a broken tile floor, you should:
That's it! You repaired your broken tile floor in less than an hour!
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The second method we'll be talking about is using nail polish and wood glue to repair any larger cracks in a tile floor. This is generally recommended for large cracks - for a hairline crack, just use the above method.
As a note - this only works on glazed tile. Porous tiles will not like this method.
Now, do the following to repair your broken tile floor:
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Now we get to the more involved (and expensive) method of fixing a broken tile floor - replacing the entire tile. To do this, you'll need a power drill, hammer, and chisel. You'll also (obviously) need a replacement tile, and the grout, mortar, and putty to attach the tile.
If you're not comfortable doing this, just call a professional. They exist to make your life easier, and you don't want to accidentally damage other tiles or the floor beneath your tiles.
Now, do the following:
Replacing or fixing a broken tile floor can be stressful if you don't know what to do. Luckily, since you just read this, you know how easy a temporary (or permanent) DIY fix can be! You can either use epoxy for hairline cracks, or wood glue and nail polish for larger cracks. If all else fails, replacing a single tile isn't too hard to do yourself. But, as usual, if you feel uncomfortable doing so - make a drink, take a seat, and call a professional to help you out.
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