How to Repair Cracked Basement Floor Tiles How to Repair Cracked Basement Floor Tiles
Basement floor tiles provide an interesting design element to any floor. Although tiles are generally durable, they are not invulnerable to cracks. Cracks on your basement floor tiles are unsightly, no matter how small the crack is. Repairing these cracks is quite easy, if you have the right tools and materials for the job.
Step 1 - Matching the Existing Tile
Find tiles that match your existing basement floor tiles. The size, shape, design and texture of the new tiles should be the same as the old one. Bring a sample of the old tile or you can go to the same place where you got the old tiles.
Step 2 - Removing the Old Grout
Carefully remove the cracked tile. To do this, remove the old grout around the tile using the chisel or awl. Be careful in doing this to ensure that the tiles surrounding the cracked tile will not be damaged during this process.
Step 3 - Removing the Cracked Tile
Once the old grout is removed, you can now carefully remove the cracked tile. It is important, however, that you remove the cracked tiles chip by chip, instead of trying to remove the whole piece. To do this, use the hammer and chisel to crack the damaged tiles further. Remove all the pieces carefully. Once done, remove any adhesive or tile grout from the floor. Use the putty knife for this to scrape and make sure that the area is smooth and clean.
Step 4 - Replacing the Cracked Basement Floor Tiles
Spread adhesive onto the back of the new tile and carefully place it on the floor. Press the tile firmly and allow it to dry. Apply some tile grout around the new tile and remove excess grout using the sponge. Let it set for a few minutes.