If one or more of your floor or counter tiles have cracked, whether due to normal wear and use or a large object being dumped on them, you don't have to replace the tile. You can repair a tile if replacing it isn't in your budget or if it isn't substantially damaged. If the crack in the tile is simply a hairline crack, you can patch it with epoxy. However, this may not be the best solution in the long run. This article will show how to repair a broken tile so that you do not have to worry about budgeting for an expensive service call or spending time looking for how-to videos on YouTube!
3 Easy ways to repair a broken floor tile
Epoxy Filling a Hairline Crack
If the crack is a hairline crack, you can fill it with epoxy. Begin by cleaning the area around the crack with rubbing alcohol. Do not use water because it may cause the tile to crumble. Dry off the area and then apply a thin layer of epoxy to the crack using a toothpick or other small implement. Allow the epoxy to dry according to the instructions on how long it should take for it dry. You can use a blow-dryer or other heat source if necessary. Once that layer is completely dried, apply another coat of epoxy over the crack and allow that layer to cure in place as well before adding any more layers. Continue this process until the crack is filled.
Using Nail Polish to Repair Tile:
If the crack is a hairline or larger, but you cannot afford to have someone come out and replace it for you right now, another option that can work temporarily is nail polish. Apply a layer of clear nail polish over the entire tile to cover up any cracks in your tile grout lines as well as on top of the broken tile. Allow the nail polish to dry and then apply a second coat. The clear nail polish will help to keep the tile from breaking any further and will also help to prevent water and dirt from getting into the crack and making it worse over time.
Putting a Broken Tile Back in Place:
If the tile is only broken in one spot and isn't too large, you may be able to put it back in place yourself. Begin by cleaning the area around the crack with rubbing alcohol. Do not use water because it may cause the tile to crumble. Dry off the area and then apply a thin layer of epoxy to the area where the tile is broken. Allow the epoxy to dry according to how long it should take for it to be fully cured before attempting to put the tile back into place.
These are just a few methods that can be used to repair broken tiles. If the crack is large, you may need to replace the tile. However, if it is only a small crack, one of these methods should work for you. Be sure to allow enough time for each step to dry before moving on to the next so that you do not damage the tile further.