Are your floor tiles perilously loose when you walk on them? Concerned about the creaking or crackling noises coming from tiles on your floor? Well worry no more – the Tile Reglue Injection Method (TRIM) has the solution to fix your floor tile woes!
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Tiles add both design and colors on your walls, while also providing a durable and safe surface. But just like anything else, wall tiles can get loose overtime and there are different factors as to why this happens, including damaged grout, or a shoddy adhesive application. Having a loose or broken tile can highly affect all the surrounding tiles, thus making the entire wall unsafe.
Factors Why Wall Tiles Get Loose
There are different factors as to why wall tiles and floor tiles get loose, and knowing these factors may help you avoid them from happening. Here are some of the factors that can cause for your wall tiles to loosen up.
House Is Settling
After the house is built, it will start to settle and the foundation will start shifting the wall for everything to adjust. Your contractors will be leaving a space for the tiles so they can easily move and shift. If this is not done, it can cause for your wall tiles to shift and eventually crack and become loose.
The surface where the tiles are actually placed will usually shrink and expand due to changes in temperature. But, if you place the same tile on that part of the wall with two different materials, it will start shrinking and expanding at a different rate, thus making the title to loosen faster that normal.
Changes in Temperature
During hot and cold temperature, everything shrinks and grows. Some changes are minor and some people may not notice it. But overtime, these minor changes can lead to cracks and eventually loosening of the adhesive which will in turn create loose tiles.
Majority of the materials today are porous, which makes them absorb water even the smallest drops. When you take a shower or spill water, all these will be going to the grout and tiles, absorbing every liquid spilled. The adhesive sill sink and start losing its effectiveness, thus creating a very loose tile.
Sealing your grout can help, but make sure to immediately clean the spill to avoid the moisture from seeping right through.
If your tile walls are located outside, the weather can affect them. Any kind of precipitation can affect the tiles’ adhesive and its lifetime. Also, since the tiles are outdoors, you have to deal with damages, including flooding, heavy rain, winds, and others.
When placing the tiles, it is important to place them over the wall’s joints. If this is your first time doing this, then it would be best to do more research on how you can place the tile over the wall’s joint properly.
Types of Adhesives
When choosing the right adhesive to help fix your tile, you need to know what adhesives to use. Having tiles means that you need to worry about water damage and the constant wear and tear, especially the ones that are located in your bathroom. Choosing the right adhesive will prevent damages on your wall tiles too often.
There are two options when it comes to thinnest mortar, wherein one is a standard adhesive. It comes in a powder form that is mixed with water. The second option is pre-mixed thinnest comes in huge tubs and can be used immediately. This is more expensive that the standard one due to the convenience that it offers.
Advantages of using thinnest mortar:
Stable and will not contract or shrink
Resistant to mold growth and moisture
Epoxy Tile Mortar
The epoxy tile mortar comes in three separate tubes, though it is also available in two tubes. An epoxy can work almost immediately and will let you to fix the grout in just a few hours. This type of adhesive is perfect for pebbles, mosaic, metal, stone, glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles.
Advantages of using epoxy tile mortar:
Resistant to different types of chemicals
Great for wall tiles
Extremely easy to maintain
Sticks well to resin backed stones
High compression strength
Easy to use
Choosing a Grout for Your Wall Tile
Grout is important when replacing tiles or fixing your tiles. There are also different types of grout to choose from, jus like adhesives. Here are some of the available grout for your wall tiles:
Cement Vs. Epoxy Grout
You can also choose a cement or epoxy grout if you prefer them. A cement grout it very versatile, cheaper can be found easily. The epoxy grout is resistant to chemicals, water, and stains. They are harder to find and it can be hard to install if you are a DIYer.
Sanded Grout Vs. Unsanded Grout
Sanded grout is more ideal because it is resistant to cracking and shrinking compared to unsanded grout. If your tiles are 1/8 of an inch, it would be best to choose sanded grout for the grout line. If you want a smoother look, an unhanded grout would be nice but it won’t hold up for as long as the sanded grout.
There is a grout package that comes with a grout saw available in the market for your tile repair, be it a single tile, tile backs, or even when you need to replace broken tiles.
Tips on How to Repair a Loose Wall Tile
If you are a DIYer, then you’re probably planning on repairing your loose wall tile on your own. Whether this is your first time doing the job or not, knowing how you can repair it and having the right tools will help you to successfully repair loose wall tile in no time.
Here are some of the tips on how you can repair a loose wall tile and how you can install them through better through the tile joints:
Gather All The Right Tools
Before you start repairing your loose tiles, it is best to gather all the tools that you need for the repairs. The tools that you need are mineral spirits, cloth, grout, tile adhesive, iron, rolling pin, and putty knife. The mineral spirits, grout, and adhesive are all use to install the walls properly, while the iron will help loosen the tiles for you to remove them easily. The putty knife will help remove the tiles, and the rolling pin will press the tiles down.
You can also use the tools that you have at home if you don’t have the ones mentioned above, including a heat gun, utility knife, phosphoric acid, chisel, cold chisel, mortar, thinset mortar, damp sponge, and hammer to help you do the job of removing tiles from your bathrooms and other tiles that needs a repair or a replace.
Get Rid of the Old Adhesive
Once you have all the tools, the first thing that you need to do is remove all the old adhesive. This is one of the most important things that you should do and you can do this by using mineral spirits. Removing them will make sure that the new tiles will not become uneven once installed, while also ensuring that the new adhesive is working in its full effect.
Start removing the broken tiles and damaged tile ad only way to do this is by using a utility knife or putty knife through the edges of the tiles. Remove tiles, remove grout gently, excess grout, and other excess adhesive on the wall tiles and other adjacent tiles or old tiles.
Once you removed the old adhesive, excess grout, start applying the new adhesive.
Installing the New Tile
After you applied directly the new adhesive, the next step would be installing all tiles in their right places. You need to make sure that the tiles are evenly installed before you add any new grout. Adding tile grouting is optional since this is only needed if the surrounding areas are damaged that is causing the tiles to become loosen up again.
A sanded grout can also help prevent you from getting replacement tile due to a damaged neighboring tiles.
Pressing The Tiles Down
After the installation, it is essential to put on some weight on the tiles and you can do that by pressing the walls; gently tap the back of the tile. This will help your adhesive to work and keep all the tile firmly in your bathroom and other walls secure. Pressing the tiles down will avoid any air pockets from developing, which can cause for the lies to life and loosen up again.
Once you’re done pressing the tiles and the adhesives are settled, you can start cleaning the tiles and walls up.
Repairing a loose floor and wall tiles on your own is possible, but hiring a professional is also a great idea because this will ensure that the job won’t take too long to finish. If you prefer doing it yourself, make sure to choose a good ceramic tile adhesive that will help repair your wall tiles effectively.