How to Re-Stick Tile on the Wall
Wall tile dramatically changes the appearance of your walls. White tiles with metro borders provide kitchens a vintage texture; stone tile on a shower wall evokes a sense of sophistication and luxury. Over time, the mortar holding a wall tile might fail to perform its job, allowing a tile become loose and fall. Even more common in an older house, rogue tiles can be seen in new homes also. A fast visit to the home improvement store will yield the supplies that you require for this day do-it-yourself project.
Cut into grout across the loose tile, using a utility knife. This will allow for easier removal of the loose tile and also minimizes the chance of this tile splitting.
Slide a chisel supporting the loose tile. Gently tap the chisel with a hammer to totally eliminate the tile in the wall.
Chip away old brick to the substrate, using the chisel. Be careful to not loosen any additional tiles.
Mix a small batch of thinset mortar according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Apply a layer of mortar to the substrate, using a small trowel.
Coat the back of the tile using brick. This is referred to as back-buttering. Leave the mortar heavier in the center of the tile for greater adhesion.
Press the tile into place. Immediately clean any thinset that pushes through the joints, using a wet rag. Permit the tile to place for at least 30 minutes or consult the manufacturer’s directions for the specific set-up time.
Mix a small amount of grout in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Press the grout into the joints, using a grout float. Use gentle pressure as the tile might not be entirely set. Wipe off excess grout before it’s time to cure, using a damp sponge. Permit the grout to set overnight.
Wipe away any grout haze, using a wet sponge. Buff the tile clean, using a dry towel.