When it comes to flooring, tiles are a popular choice – particularly in kitchens, utilities and bathrooms, due to being waterproof, durable and long-lasting. But from time to time, despite their durability, tiles on the floor can become loose and if issue isn’t resolved, further problems may arise.
Why Are My Floor Tiles Loose?
There are a few reasons why your floor tiles may become loose such as house movement or damaged grout, but the most common reason for them becoming loose is due to spot-bonding being used to install them.
Spot-bonding installation is when adhesive is placed in each corner of the tile with an additional spot of adhesive being placed in the centre before the tile is pressed into place. Installing tiles via spot-bonding leads to voids between the tile and the flooring, and increases the risk of your tiles becoming loose.
Thankfully, fixing loose tiles needn’t be expensive or difficult – if you follow the one of two methods below.
Lift & Replace
Perhaps one of the most common methods to fix loose floor tiles is to carefully pry them up with a chisel. Lifting and replacing the tile using this method, can be done in a few steps – as outlined below:
- Remove grouting from around the tile you need to replace.
- Use a chisel to carefully pry the tile from the floor. Take care when doing this so you don’t crack or chip the tile.
- Scrape the existing adhesive off the tile and from the floor and ensure the floor is smooth and clean.
- Apply new adhesive to the tile and reset it.
- Once the adhesive has set, grout around the tile and your floor will look as good as new.
Whilst the above method is a great way to fix loose floor tiles, it also comes with the risk that tiles can become cracked, chipped or damaged and if you don’t have a replacement tile which matches, this can result in a more expensive repair as the entire floor will need to be replaced.
An easier alternative is to…
Repair With An Adhesive
Using a specialist adhesive, such as the Fix-A-Floor Repair Adhesive (which is available to purchase via eSpares) is a quick, easy and efficient way to fix loose floor tiles. What’s more, it can be used on marble, stone and wood flooring too.
To use the super-strong Fix-A-Floor Repair Adhesive, once you’ve located the loose tiles drill 4 to 6 holes into the grout line around the tiles, vacuum away the dust and debris and then with the use of a caulking gun, inject the extra strength bonding adhesive right into the hole, before leaving to dry for 24 hours.
Once the adhesive has dried, finish the process of fixing loose tiles by re-grouting the drill holes, before washing the floor to remove any dirt and debris.
The benefits of using Fix-A-Floor Repair Adhesive to fix loose floor tiles is that not only is it a quick and easy way to repair loose tiles, without the risk of breaking the tiles, but the adhesive is also eco-friendly, no-toxic and non-flammable.
So next time you step into your kitchen, bathroom or utility room and spot a loose tile on the floor, reach for the Fix-a-Floor Repair Adhesive, and bring your floor back up to scratch in no time, with minimal effort, little outlay but big rewards.