Unfortunate accidents happen when living around a busy fireplace, one such accident recently happened to a customer who dropped their fire poker on to the hearth cracking one of the tiles. In a bit of a panic the customer rang us fearful she might have to replace the entire hearth. This however is not the case as a simple 20 minute job can be done to replace the tile and have it looking brand new again.
Now the first major thing needing to be done is getting the correct tile, not only the style and colour but also the shade. Every week we order hearth tiles from our suppliers for customers needing repairs or making a complete hearth. With every batch that comes in you can pretty much guarantee that the shade of the colour will vary from the previous week, this is due to the manufacturing and firing process of the tiles. So with this in mind the very best thing to do is remove the broken tile and send it to us so we can try to match it as best as possible.
Once the tile is removed you need to clean the surface with a soft brush removing any tile fragments and dust. This will give you a nice even surface to lay the new tile on. Although I didn't believe when I first heard it but; PVA glue is the best adhesive to use to glue the new tile on with you just literally cover the surface area of the hearth where the new tile will be laid and place the tile giving it approximately 1 - 2 hours to set. Once the glue has set you can grout the joints around the damaged area with the matching grout colour. Job done!
When ordering your replacement tile we have a few different options available other than colour. We have; REX tile which is a rounded edge corner tile, an RE tile which is a rounded edge tile and plain tiles which are, well plain on all four sides. Tiles which form the sides rising up are just plain tiles cut in half.
So now you have all the information you need to go forth and repair that hearth! But try your best not to damage the hearth in the first place, prevention is better than cure.