Gorilla Glue and loose Tile, who would have thought? There are some repairs that need a simple fix (Like your loose shower tile). You can always go all in and do a full rip out and replace. For the latter, either call a contractor (or spend the next several weeks of your life) going through that process. What seems like a mountain to climb, you might find out you could have done a simple fix vs. ripping things out. Here is one example where we had some loose tile in our basement bathroom shower.
The overall condition of the shower is somewhat like new. The color of the tile may not be what we would have selected, however it is a high quality tile. So we felt there was no need to go to such an extreme as ripping everything out. Here is how I fixed our shower and I hope this helps someone else who might be facing this worrisome problem. Not only can you use this to fix a loose tile, but also learn how to repair cracked grout.
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Service Type: DIY Home shower repair
Our Shower with loose tile
Our Shower and lower bathroom sits on a crawl space. It was over engineered due to the Sauna. It has a full steel beam structure with a concrete floor. So the floor of our shower is utilizing the concrete floor. When we bought the house, we saw the shower floor had a couple of loose tiles. What I did not know that I discovered during this repair, is that some of the concrete eroded away under the tile. Doing some online searches and talking to a friend who is a contractor I took up an unexpected suggestion on how to fix the problem.
Using Gorilla Glue to repair the loose tile
Gorilla Glue, that’s right using Gorilla Glue to fix loose shower tile. Apparently many people have been using this glue (which is really epoxy) for this type of repair.
What we used from our Amazon Product List:
How to fix a loose tile in bathroom shower
Once I went to Amazon and ordered the items I needed I was ready to get started. I grabbed my shop vac, and a chisel and headed to the bathroom. As I removed the tile and started to prep the area, I noticed some of the concrete had some soft places in it. The harder I scraped the more came loose. As you can see… there was a lot to dig out.
After spending about 10 minutes I was able to scrape and vacuum up all of the loose material and start adding the Gorilla Glue to set the tiles. This process took some time. One thing to know about Gorilla Glue is that it is activated by water. Once it starts the process, it will expand. In my particular case, it was important it did expand as I needed to fill a void.
Once the glue starts to activate, I let the glue expand prior to placing the tile on top. I slowly added the tile back in place. it took about 20 minutes for the glue to stop expanding and I needed to press down on the tile to compress the glue. This allowed me to set the tile at the appropriate height in relation to the other tile. I waited for 24 hours to whip up the grout and fill it in. While I was waiting for the glue to set, I also cleaned out some of the other grout lines that were cracked and looked like they needed repair. Always take the extra 10 minutes to do the little extra things as you will thank yourself later.
After clean up and wiping down the rest of the shower floor, I applied the 511 Spray -on Grout Penetrating Sealer. I did a total of two coats and one can was more than enough for our semi-large shower.
*Pro Tip- If you have a Fireplace you can use the 511- Spray to also seal the exterior of your fireplace.
All in all we are really happy with how this turned out and so far has held up perfectly. I hope this little tip about Gorilla glue helps you fix your shower vs. having to pay to replace all of your shower tile.
Until Next Time!