Marble floor tile is one of the most beautiful types of flooring in the world. The only problem with it is that it is a little bit fragile and can be cracked. If a tile is cracked, the only solution that you have is to replace it. Here are the basics of how to get started are placing a marble floor tile. (This is Part 1 of 2. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)
Step 1 - Finding a Tile
When you locate a tile that is broken on your floor, you should start out the process of replacing it by locating a suitable replacement. You might find that it is difficult to find the exact tile to match. Your best chance of finding a tile to match is to find some tile that was leftover from when it was installed. Otherwise, you may have to find a tile that is close to the same thing. Check-in areas around the house such as the attic and basement to see if you have any tiles left over.
Step 2 - Prepare for the Job
During this job, your number one priority should be to keep from breaking any other tiles. Many people that start this job end up doing more damage to the rest of the floor. This could potentially cause you to have to take up the floor and replace it. Do your best to protect the surrounding tiles from damage. You might try taping some newspapers or cardboard all the way around the outside of the damaged tile. While this will not guarantee that there will be no other damage, it will improve your odds.
Step 3 - Taking out the Grout
Taking out the grout is the next step in the process. If you do not have the appropriate tools for this, you could potentially use a scraper tool or a screwdriver. Grout is typically very hard and this is not going to be the easiest part of the process. If you have a grout saw, this will make the job much faster. This will allow you to grind out the grout from between the tiles. You could also look into using a drill attachment that is designed to remove grout. Thoroughly clean out the grout joint before moving on.
Step 4 - Taking out the Tile
After the grout is removed, you are now ready to take out the damaged tile. You can start this process by using a drill to boreholes in the surface of the tile. This will weaken the interior of the damaged tile and allow you to break it up easier. Drill several holes in the tile and then use a chisel and hammer to break it into pieces. Once you get the tile out, start chiseling up the adhesive as well.
Step 5 - Cleaning Up
You need to make sure that the opening is completely clean and all of the adhesive is removed. You may need to use a scraper to get to the bottom of the adhesive. Then take a dust broom to remove all of the dust that you created.