When it comes to flooring materials, tile is one of the most popular options for kitchen and bathroom spaces. Consumers are attracted to the durability that tile offers. Its resistance to heat and water help keep tile maintenance and repair to a minimum . However, individual tiles can come loose over time. This typically happens when the grout between the tiles has become damaged or if tiles were installed using spot bonding.
If you happen to notice loose tiles, the following steps can be followed to secure them back to the floor. Leaving them loose risks additional damage and may prove to be a tripping hazard.
Remove the grout – You may use a chisel to carefully remove the grout around the loose tile. Remove enough so that you can easily lift the tile up without damage. Avoid cracking or chipping by keeping the chisel sharpened and angled away from the tile.
Remove the adhesive – Once you’ve managed to pry the tile from the ground, remove any adhesive that’s present on the tile as well as on the floor. You’ll want to make sure the floor is clean and smooth before you replace the tile.
Apply new adhesive – Apply a high-quality adhesive to the tile. Carefully reset the tile into its original position.
Apply new grout – Once you’ve reset the tile, you’ll need to add new grout. Grout secures the tile and prevents water and debris from penetrating the floor between and underneath the tiles.
If you aren’t confident that you can successfully repair the tile without damage, contact a professional. At Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care, our professionally trained technicians have the tools and expertise needed to effectively and efficiently repair, replace, or secure your tiles. For a free estimate in the Charlotte or Columbia areas, be sure to contact us at Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care today.