replace grout or a broken tile
How to replace grout:
1. Scrape out the existing grout with a chisel or small
putty knife and a small hammer, or simply a utility knife.
Be careful not to tap too hard and chip the surrounding
2 Clean the area with a vacuum to remove excess sand,
dust, and debris.
3. Run your hand over the grout. Does is feel smooth or a
little rough? If it’s smooth, you will need to buy
unsanded grout. If it is a little rough, you will need to
buy sanded grout. Take a piece of the grout with you to
the hardware store to match the color. You only need to
buy a small bag or box of grout for small repair jobs. Buy
the smallest one you can find.
4. Mix up the grout according to the directions on the
back of the bag or box.
5. Take your float, load it with grout and spread grout
over the repair area, making sure to push it down into the
6. Scrape away all excess grout by holding your float on
its side or at an angle, making sure the grout is smooth
and even, just at or slightly below the tile surface.
7. Let the grout dry (or “set up”). This should take about
8. Remove all excess grout and messiness with a damp
sponge. Rinse out the sponge frequently and keep it clean.
The water will appear chalky or cloudy until it is clean.
9. After grouting, do not get the surface wet for at least
10. After the grout has set up for I week, it should be
completely cured. Now it is time to apply a grout sealer.
You can buy this at your local hardware store and should
follow the directions that come with the product.
How to replace a
1. Scrape out grout with a chisel or small putty knife and
a small hammer, or simply a utility knife
2. Break the tile in need of repair into tiny pieces using
the small hammer.
3. Remove all the pieces of the broken tile. Use a utility
knife or small putty knife to scrape the area clean of all
excess debris. There will probably be quite a bit of
debris left from under the tile, so scrape well! Vacuum
the area to remove small particles.
4. Test fit the new tile in the opening. It should have an
equal gap on all sides and must also sit flush to the
5. Apply adhesive to the back of the tile and immediately
place it into the area being repaired. Use even force with
both hands, slightly twisting the tile until it is level
with the surrounding area. You want to make sure that the
adhesive does not push up the tile unnecessarily.
6. Use a piece of blue painter’s tapes (a type of masking
tape) to the tile to hold it in place for 24 hours.
7. Remove the tape and clean around the replaced tile
again to assure no debris, dust, or particles have
accumulated in the gaps. Clean if necessary.
8. Grout around the tile, following steps 3—10 in the