It can be incredibly frustrating when you have just one cracked tile in a floor or wall that is otherwise just fine.
So what do you do? Well of course you could replace the entire lot of tiles, but this is time consuming and expensive. It really is a waste if the rest of the tiles are in good condition, and if you have not long since fitted them, or if they are particularly expensive tiles then this really is going to be the option of last resort.
The best option is to replace just that one broken tile. Removing one cracked tile isn’t too difficult if you work with patience and care to remove it. There is a risk of cracking the surrounding tiles so do take your time with this job. The problem is though, if you don’t have a spare tile to replace it with. If you fitted the tiles yourself, then hopefully you will have bought extra and stored them for such an occasion, if you have, well then your job is easy, simply add in your new tile. You may find that your new tiles looks very new compared to the other tiles, so you may want to distress the tile, or perhaps apply a stain to all the tiles if they are suitable for it, such as terracotta floor tiles, to make them match more evenly.
If the tiles were fitted before you moved into the property, do check for any spare tiles in the garage, shed or in the loft. Often people keep spares, but will rarely take them with them when they move. You might get lucky and find one.
If you simply cannot find a spare then you could try looking for a similar tile in the shops. Tile ranges come and go very quickly, so unless you tiled the room very recently you are unlikely to find exactly the same time, but you may be able to find something similar. Try and take your broken and removed tile with you to get a colour and texture match and carefully measure to get the dimensions right.
You could try and lift a tile from around the edge of the room or behind furniture where a gap won’t be noticed. If you are very lucky you may find one that is loose that you can prise off without it breaking and use as your replacement.
Another idea is to remove several more tiles and replace them all with new tiles. Perhaps of a contrasting colour or pattern. You could create a chequerboard effect perhaps, replacing every other tile, or just replace a few, dotting around some nice picture tiles, as if the effect was intentional.
So you see, one cracked tile doesn’t necessarily mean you will need to re-tile your entire room. There are plenty of options to save time and money. Hopefully one of them will work for you.
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