Cracks, chips and drill holes in tiles are unsightly and can pose a health risk. Our repair techniques overcome this, creating a indistinguishable and carefully matched finish. Magicman repair ceramic wall and floor tiles in situ, saving you time and money when compared to the process and cost of sourcing and installing replacements.
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Although durable as a floor or countertop covering, porcelain tile is prone to chipping if you drop sharp or heavy objects. When you've chipped a hole in your porcelain tile, you can repair the hole without removing the tile. Using epoxy, you can fill the hole to make it less noticeable and keep the hole from getting bigger. This method is especially helpful when you're patching an old or vintage tile in a discontinued color.
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When you need to remove tiles—for spot repairs, to re-cement loose areas, etc. Dave Morrell, of Dave Morrell Stone and Tile in Littleton, Massachusetts, has a toolkit for both large-scale tile demolition and for removing select tiles, and it is surprisingly delicate. He says the best tool for removing damaged tile or even a broken soap holder is a narrow putty knife.
When a ceramic tile job begins to look old and dingy, before you give in and install new tile, you should consider simply removing the grout from the seams and packing them with fresh, new grout. Provided the tiles themselves are in good condition and are still solidly adhered, regrouting the tile will make the entire installation look brand-new. It's also quite an easy job.
Fixing these tough breaks is easy. All it takes is a few simple steps—and a light touch with the tools. A floor covered with ceramic tile is about as durable and low-maintenance a surface as you can get—until a cast-iron pot slips from your hand, or you drop the wrench when tightening that elbow joint under the bathroom sink. But even then, you'll be glad to have tile underfoot, because replacing a broken or chipped one is pretty simple to do.
Stained or dingy ceramic tiles rarely come completely clean with regular cleaning. Harsh abrasive cleaners also won't restore ceramic and only leave etching that dulls the surface. An acidic cleaner specifically formulated for ceramic cuts through the dirt without etching or damaging the tile.
For all its good looks and glazed durability, ceramic tile is far from invincible around water. Tub or shower surrounds require routine care to keep grout joints waterproof and seams between tile and shower base or tub sealed with caulk. If the tiles are mounted on drywall, the moisture will eventually turn the drywall to a messy mush.