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Old 10-14-2004, 03:01 PM   #1
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have ceramic floor in bathroom and a couple tiles nera the toilet have moved. the tiles aren't cracked but the grout has come away from the tile around a couple of the edges. when you push down on the tile there is movement but not alot. how do you fix something like this?

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Hopefully you have replacement tile. If you do not, then attempting to remove them MAY damage the tile. It may be worth a shot, but be prepared to replace whole floor maybe.

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have ceramic floor in bathroom and a couple tiles nera the toilet have moved. the tiles aren't cracked but the grout has come away from the tile around a couple of the edges. when you push down on the tile there is movement but not alot. how do you fix something like this?

If you can remove the tile without damaging it then great. Odds are that at least one will get damaged. Usually the first one. Then again you never know. How loose is the tile? the first thing you'll have to do is remove the rest of the grout around the tile or tiles you want to remove. Less of a chance of damaging the tile but not full proof. Once you remove the grout(they have several different tools for removing grout), see if any of the tiles can be removed easily. If not you'll have to pry it up some. This is where you have to be really careful of damaging. Before you do anything make sure you have something to use to replace the tile in case of breakage. If you don't think you can remove the tile without damaging it and can't find something you like or can use to replace it then you can either replace the whole bathroom floor. Or just become a designer and replace the damaged area with your own design idea. Otherwise you can leave the floor as is and not touch it cause the odds are the longer you leave it the looser it will become. One problem is if the bathroom ever becomes flooded then the subfloor has no protection and is subject to rotting. Although you might already have this problem depending on you situation.

If you can get the tiles up without damaging or just replacing the area then you can either clean the entire removed area of mortar or adhesive. Then apply new adhesive or mortar. Depending on the size of the tile. Adhesive usually isn't used for anything bigger then 6" or 8" for flooring. Although I'm sure it has been used for larger tile depending on traffic for the tile in the room it's in. Or you can use quick dry mortar so you can grout faster. Don't forget to try and match your grout cause if not that will stand out too.


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Thank you both very much. Will proceed with caution!
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Or you could put other tiles in the area and make a border or something!
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