How to Replace Vinyl Tiles on Your Bathroom Wall
If you have broken vinyl tiles on your bathroom wall that need to be replaced, the task really isn't that difficult. Here are a few steps that can help you through it with ease.
Step 1 - Remove Old Tile
The first thing that you will have to do is remove the old tile. You will want to use butcher paper or something similar to it and tape it on the tiles around to make sure that they do not get damaged during this project. Once they are taped, use an iron and quickly move back and forth over the tiles that are damaged to loosen them up a little. You will want to make sure that you keep moving the iron so that you do not do any harm to the surrounding tiles or the wall behind the tile. Now they it is loose you can use a knife to score the tile. Use a putty knife to try and pry up the corners and slowly peel the tiles off of the wall.
Step 2 - Remove Old Adhesive
Any old adhesive needs to be removed from the area in order to apply new tiles evenly. To do this you can begin by using a putty knife to scrape off any of the dry adhesive. Make sure that you do not scrape too hard or you will end up damaging the wall and having to repair before moving on which will cause extra time and money. If this does not get all of the old adhesive off then you can try mineral spirits. You can use an old rag to rub on and try to remove everything that is left. After you have done this, clean off the area with damp rag. Then let it dry. Once it is dry you can sand down the area to make sure that everything is even. Again, use a damp rag to wipe off any dust or debris from sanding and then allow it to dry before moving on.
Step 3 - Install New Tiles
Now that the area has been cleaned you can begin installing the new tiles. Make sure you have found matching tiles and that they are completely undamaged before beginning. Then, use a notched spreader to apply adhesive to the back of the tiles and place them into the spot where they belong. Press firmly to ensure that they stay put. Then, use a damp rag to wipe off any adhesive that may have gotten on the front of the tiles. If you choose, you can use a roller to make sure that everything is smooth. Check again for any extra adhesive and then cover with wax paper and apply pressure for a few minutes. Let the area sit before touching for a few days.
After a few days check to make sure that everything is secure and still even.