How to Repair a Tile Coffee Table Top How to Repair a Tile Coffee Table Top
If you have a tile coffee table that needs repairing, the work really isn't as hard as you may think. Here are a few easy steps to help you through the process.
Step 1 - Replace a Broken Tile
Make sure that during each of these steps that you are wearing both safety glasses and gloves to avoid from getting tile in your eye or cutting your hands. If you only have one or two broken tiles then you can carefully repair just those without harming any other tiles around them. All you have to do is use an awl or a chisel to get both the old grout and tile or tiles off. You will want to make sure that you are using a small chisel and lightly hammer when you are working around the edges. Just use the chisel to carefully and slowly break the tile and pry out the pieces.
You will then want to use a hand sander or a piece of sand paper to get any of the old adhesive off so that you can secure the new tile on a fresh surface. Apply adhesive to the back of the old tile in both directions and then replace it where the old one was. Make sure to push and hold the tile as well as use a level to make sure that it is even with the other tiles and doesn't need to be pushed or pulled in any direction.
Step 2 - Re-grout
Now that the new tile is in you can start focusing on the grouting after it has dried. You can use a putty knife to apply the grout once you have mixed it according to the instructions. Once it is applied you can use a damp sponge to push it into the cracks of the tile and spread around. Then make sure to clean the sponge and use it again to wipe off any excess grout. Make sure that when you are applying and cleaning the grout that you do it carefully but quickly because as it dries it becomes much harder to move around and clean off. Once you are finished make sure that everything is wiped off with the sponge then use an old rag to dry the tile. Let air for 24 hours.
Step 3 - Seal Grout
Now that you have replaced either a broken tile and grouted or you have just re-grouted you will want to seal the grout so that you can easily clean the table in the future and protect the tiles from anything spilled on them. All you have to do is let the table dry after grouting for about 24 hours then apply a grout sealer with a paint brush and even strokes. Allow this to dry for another 48 hours before putting anything on the table.
You may want to consider re-sealing the table every few years to make sure that it stays protected.