Learn about the costs associated with repairing your bathroom tiles so you can start this home improvement project today. Break and remove any cracked, chipped or broken tile. Hold a chisel in the center of the tiles at an angle of 45 degrees and hit it firmly with a hammer to break the tile. Take out the loose parts and carefully chisel any remaining mortar from behind the tile, advises Home Tips.
Place the new tiles in place. Apply fine mortar to the back of the tiles, using a margin trowel. Press the tiles firmly into place on the wall. Allow the mortar to cure for 24 hours.
Grout the entire contour at once by spreading grout between the tiles, using a grout float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle to the tiles and extend it from various directions to help pack the grout in place, indicates This Old House. Seals the edges and corners of the shower frame. Spread a layer of putty around the perimeter of each tile wall and apply it so that it is in place with your finger.
Allow the putty to dry for 24 hours. Minor cracks can be repaired with a small amount of epoxy and a little paint. As you begin to figure out how to repair cracked tiles, clean the damaged tile and the area around it. If you added a fluid-impermeable membrane to the area behind the tile, be sure to wait for the membrane to fully cure before continuing.
When the membrane is dry, use a spatula or notched trowel to apply ceramic tile adhesive to the smooth, clean surface. Just apply enough for the number of tiles you are going to install, as any excess adhesive will be ejected from the sides when the tile is installed. This can interfere with grouting and impact the sealing of the tile. Art Fricke is a home renovation and repair specialist and owner of Art Tile %26 Renovation based in Austin, Texas.