How to Easily Replace Individual Rubber Floor Tiles

Rubber floor tiles can be easily replaced with little effort and cost. One or two broken or worn out rubber tiles may spoil the look of your floor and be an embarrassment to visitors in your home. Just because you have one broken tile does not mean you must take out the whole floor. If the broken tile is near the door, you can cover it with a mattress as a temporary measure. If the broken tile is on the passage way, then there is no way of concealing it and you must act quickly to repair the spot. It is advisable to know the type and specifications of your home rubber tiles. Some rubber tiles are made for wet areas like the bathroom and some are suitable for dry areas. Whatever the type, you must find the correct match. Check with your local tile shop for availability of the required tiles and if they don’t have, you can ask for rejects. When you find the right tiles, follow these steps to replace the old tiles.

Materials and Tools

  • Soft rag
  • Sponge
  • Wood piece
  • Grout
  • Rubber mallet
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning materials
  • Rubber tile glue
  • New rubber tiles

Step 1 - Scrap Out the Glue

Check for sub-floor complications that may create problems. If there are no complications in the sub-floor then proceed to install the rubber tiles.

Take a lever or saw to scrap out the glue from the joints surrounding the damaged rubber tile.

Step 2 - Wearing Eye Protection

Wear a protective mask or eye goggles to protect your eyes. Take a hammer and hit a nail to center of the rubber tile. Make sure that you do not damage the surrounding tiles and do not drive the nail deep into the floor.

Step 3 - Draw an X on Tile

Take a metal or rubber cutter and scratch an X over the tile corner-to-corner.

Step 4 - Chip Away the Damaged Tile

Hold a chisel with your hand and rap it lightly using a hammer. Carefully and gradually chip away the broken rubber tile starting from the center. You should be wearing eye goggles or face mask during this procedure to protect your eyes

Step 5 - Pry the Pieces

Take a knife and pry the pieces using a chisel or pry-bar. Remove the debris around the spot and clean the spot with a vacuum cleaner.

Step 6 - Paint the Surface

Apply paint on the surface. Latex primer is suitable and you may add vinyl sparkle if you want. Let the paint dry.

Step 7 - Apply Rubber Tile Glue.

Apply rubber tile adhesive using a small trowel.

Step 8 - Put the New Tile in Place

Put the new rubber tile in position and lightly press the tile by applying opposing forces. Make sure the joints are in line with the tile edges. Put a block of wood over the tile and tap it with a rubber hammer until it’s set level with the adjacent tiles. Wipe away the excess glue around the joints using a screwdriver or chisel.

Step 9 - Allow the Glue to Dry

Wait for the glue to dry. Put on rubber gloves and prepare the grout to cover the joints. The color of the grout should be the same as the surrounding tiles. Wipe away excess glue using a wet cloth or sponge.