Do you have bathroom tiles that have seen better days? Maybe they’ve started to fall off and now you’re wondering just how to get them back on. Well, it’s not as difficult to do as you might have thought to repair bath tile. In general, you just need the tiles that you’re going to put up, a scraper, grout and tile cement. So, with just those few pieces you’re going to have the ability to get that bathroom of yours looking just the way you want it again. What are you waiting for?
The first step to repair bath tile is to remove the grout or tile cement that’s still stuck on the wall. Generally, when a tile falls off, at least some of this is still left behind and that gets in the way of you trying to put up the new tile. You’re going to need new cement and grout so use our scraper and very carefully and gently remove this. Remember, there’s a waterproof membrane behind the tile cement that you still want to keep intact.
Once you’ve removed everything from the wall you want to make sure that you have the right tiles for the right spot. Once you put them up you’re not going to get them back down easily and you’re not going to get them down in one piece at all. So, make sure that you check to make sure it’s exactly what you want and you have it oriented the right direction (if that’s something that’s important with your tiles). From there, apply a thin layer of tile cement on both the wall where you’re going to put the tile and on the back of the tile. You want to make sure you keep the layer thin because it needs to seal well against the wall.
Next, push the tile directly into the wall where it needs to go. Push on each side and the center to make sure that it’s not sticking out or angled. You want it to be flush with the other tiles and centered in the space because you’re going to need to put grout around the outside to make sure that it’s well sealed and that it stays watertight. You want the grout to look even all the way around when you do put it up so a centered tile is a good idea
Finally, you want to make sure that you wait a few hours for the tile cement to dry. This takes a bit of time, but if you wait it’s going to more firmly attach the tile and the cement will keep it ready for anything. Then you just put a little bit of grout into each of the joints and areas where this tile meets up to the ones next to it. You want your scraper at about a 45 degree angle to make sure you push as much grout in as you can, and scrape off any excess that spills over the top. Once it all dries, just sand it down slightly under flush with the tile and wash the tile itself to remove anything else.