If you have a broken or cracked quarry floor tile, you should be able to take it out and replace it. This project requires a delicate touch and the proper knowledge. However, you should be able to do it if you take your time and use the appropriate steps. Here are the basics of how to start the process of replacing a quarry floor tile. (This is Part 1 of 2. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)
Step 1- Apply Tape
Start out by surrounding the broken tile with tape. By putting tape on the other tiles, you can help provide a little bit of support and possibly prevent further breakage. This will also give you an outline to work with when removing the grout.
Step 2- Remove Grout
Once you have outlined the tile with tape, you will need to remove the grout from around the damaged tile. You can do this by using a grout removal attachment and a drill. You need to be very careful when doing this so that you do not crack or break any of the surrounding tiles. Make sure that you get all of the grout out of the joint when doing this.
Step 3- Drill Holes
Now that the grout has been removed, you can start to remove the tile. Use a drill and a small drill bit to drill some holes in the tile. This will make it easier to break out the tile and pieces without damaging any other tiles.
Step 4- Chisel
After you have a few holes in the tile, take a hammer and chisel to the tile. Put the end of the chisel on one of the holes. Gently tap it and break the tile into pieces. Continue chiseling all of the tile out of the hole. You may need to bring the chisel over to the side of the tile and use it at an angle to get underneath the tile. Most of the time, tile will be stuck to the floor very well. This part of the project will require some hard work in a lot of cases.
Step 5- Clean the Opening
Most of the time, you will get the tile up and the adhesive will still be stuck on the floor. In this case, you will need to do some more work to get the adhesive up. You can use your chisel and hammer to break up small pieces of the adhesive. Keep in mind that this material is much like concrete and it will not be easy to get off of the floor.
You'll most likely need to use a scraper to get the last pieces of adhesive off from the subfloor. Make sure that you get all of the small pieces of adhesive out of the opening. The subfloor should now be completely smooth and even. Take a dust broom and sweep up all of the dust that was created when you started chipping out the tile, and finish the cleanup with a vacuum cleaner.