Do you have to replace all tiles if one breaks?

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Tiles have a chic and classic look that’s hard to beat, and they’re pretty easy to maintain too. But a cracked tile ruins the aesthetic appearance...

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It starts with the grout

The number one mistake we usually make is trying to chip out the tile without fully removing the grout that connects it to the other tiles.

Rather spend a little time using a sharp DIY knife to properly remove the surrounding grouting.

Then you can use a putty knife to lift out the tile itself.

If it’s a large floor tile, you may want to cover the tile with a cloth and smack it once with a hammer to break it into smaller pieces that will be easier to remove.

The cloth will help minimise shockwaves to the other tiles, as well as prevent any small fragments flying up into your face.

Re-prepare the surface

Scrape off any more cement or adhesive left in the tile space, and reapply a fresh coating.

Now it’s as simple as carefully sliding the new tile into place.

After grouting, you can clean up with a wet cloth and presto - you’ve replaced your own tile.

Remember that it’s always a good idea to hang onto a spare box of tiles due to the risk of one breaking and you might then not be able to find a matching tile. 

A little preparation saves a lot of headaches down the line.