How To Remove Tile Flooring Step By Step
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February 5, 2017
If you want to save money by removing your own tile — this article is for you.
First and foremost you’ll need a hammer, chisel, buckets, pry bar, Shop Vac, and a scraper.
Now, let’s go through each step quickly…
#1: Prep the Room
You must start by removing fixtures, furniture, and anything else in the way.
Remove all baseboard trim and label it, to make the reinstallation process smoother. Seal all your vents with plastic and tape to block off dust particles – then gather all your materials including eyewear and gloves.
Step #2: Pick Your Starting Point
You have to start someplace. Once determined, use your chisel and hammer to break apart the first few tiles. Inspect the underlayment of the floor to ensure there’s no damage. If you have to, use a pry bar to lift up tile that otherwise won’t move.
Step #3: Remove All Old Tile/Adhesive/Thinset
Now that you’ve created some space to work with, use your hammer, chisel, and pry bar to remove each tile, thinset, and any adhesive.
Don’t use too much force as it may cause an unnecessary injury or damage to the floor. Pick up all broken tiles with a heavy broom and dustpan. Use a bucket to dispose of the tiles. You may also want to purchase or borrow a pole scraper to reduce any bending.
Step #4: Inspect All Underlayment
Once you’ve cleared out the tile, you must inspect your work. Check out the underlayment and mark off gouges that need to be filled. Remove or pound in protruding nails and other similar items. Address each and every issue before installing your new floor.
Step #5: Dispose of Trash and Debris
Now it’s time to clean everything up and remove all trash and debris.
To get your room primed and all ready for your new floor, use a shop vacuum to remove all of the remaining dust and small particles. Then clear the buckets of tile and all the other materials in the room. You may even want to rent a special dumpster if the project size warrants it.
Feel free to stop into Builder Supply Outlet or the Edge Showroom with any home improvement questions you may have regarding removing or buying tile — or anything else. Or call us anytime at 1-708-343-3900. You can also make an appointment to meet with one of our designers at no charge by clicking here.