© 2015 Central Florida Tile Busters, LLC (DBA - Floor Busters of Central Florida) All Rights Reserved
Floor Busters of Central Florida, LLC

Wondering how to remove a tile floor to prepare it for

new tile or a different kind of flooring?

You can do it. It can be a difficult, slow job or a relatively easy job. It all depends upon what’s underneath the tile. But even a difficult removal job is do-able if you have patience! First gather the tools you’ll need: safety glasses, a hammer, chisel, pry bar, scraper, trash can, and broom or shop vac. Next remove everything possible that’s currently on your floor. If you’re doing a bathroom, it’s not essential to remove the toilet and sink, but it will make the job easier if they’re not there. If you have taken out a toilet or sink or vanity, there will be an edge of tile that is now exposed. Put on your safety glasses and start your tile removal from this edge. However, if your tile is wall-to-wall and there is no bare edge, you’ll have to break a tile using a hammer and chisel to create a starting point. (Start on the grout next to the tile; your chisel will have more purchase there.) Once you have a starting point, you’re ready to begin removal. Use the pry bar and hammer. Put the claw end of the bar under the bare tile edge and pry up. You may need to tap the other end of the pry bar with the hammer. The tile may break as you’re prying it up, depending on what’s underneath. You may have concrete or subflooring or an underlay (typically plywood or mortarboard) or old tile. There may be a layer of mortar or adhesive. You’ll find out what you’re dealing with when you pry up the first tile. Work systematically, and as you pry up the old tile, put it in the trash can to keep your work space free of clutter. Remember tile is heavy; take your trash can out regularly to avoid overloading it. Remove all the tile. You will need to scrape off residual mortar or adhesive that is creating a raised surface. Deal with this either as you remove each tile, or at the end, after all the tile is out. Using your chisel, hammer, and scraper, get rid of anything left on the surface. It needs to be flat and smooth for whatever flooring is going to be laid down next. If you have an underlay, check this carefully for damage. Remove it if it’s damaged or if it’s not suitable for your new flooring materials. Hammer in any nails that are sticking up in the subflooring or the underlay. Then take your broom or shop vac and get up all fragments and debris to leave a clean, smooth surface.
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 How to Remove a Tile Floor

© 2015 Central Florida Tile Busters, LLC (DBA - Floor Busters of Central Florida) All Rights Reserved
Floor Busters of Central Florida, LLC

Wondering how to remove a

tile floor to prepare it for

new tile or a different kind

of flooring?

You can do it. It can be a difficult, slow job or a relatively easy job. It all depends upon what’s underneath the tile. But even a difficult removal job is do-able if you have patience! First gather the tools you’ll need: safety glasses, a hammer, chisel, pry bar, scraper, trash can, and broom or shop vac. Next remove everything possible that’s currently on your floor. If you’re doing a bathroom, it’s not essential to remove the toilet and sink, but it will make the job easier if they’re not there. If you have taken out a toilet or sink or vanity, there will be an edge of tile that is now exposed. Put on your safety glasses and start your tile removal from this edge. However, if your tile is wall-to-wall and there is no bare edge, you’ll have to break a tile using a hammer and chisel to create a starting point. (Start on the grout next to the tile; your chisel will have more purchase there.) Once you have a starting point, you’re ready to begin removal. Use the pry bar and hammer. Put the claw end of the bar under the bare tile edge and pry up. You may need to tap the other end of the pry bar with the hammer. The tile may break as you’re prying it up, depending on what’s underneath. You may have concrete or subflooring or an underlay (typically plywood or mortarboard) or old tile. There may be a layer of mortar or adhesive. You’ll find out what you’re dealing with when you pry up the first tile. Work systematically, and as you pry up the old tile, put it in the trash can to keep your work space free of clutter. Remember tile is heavy; take your trash can out regularly to avoid overloading it. Remove all the tile. You will need to scrape off residual mortar or adhesive that is creating a raised surface. Deal with this either as you remove each tile, or at the end, after all the tile is out. Using your chisel, hammer, and scraper, get rid of anything left on the surface. It needs to be flat and smooth for whatever flooring is going to be laid down next. If you have an underlay, check this carefully for damage. Remove it if it’s damaged or if it’s not suitable for your new flooring materials. Hammer in any nails that are sticking up in the subflooring or the underlay. Then take your broom or shop vac and get up all fragments and debris to leave a clean, smooth surface.
Learn  More 352-404-5235

 How to Remove a

Tile Floor

© 2015 Central Florida Tile Busters, LLC (DBA - Floor Busters of Central Florida) All Rights Reserved
Floor Busters of Central Florida, LLC

Wondering how

to remove a tile

floor to prepare

it for new tile

or a different

kind of flooring?

You can do it. It can be a difficult, slow job or a relatively easy job. It all depends upon what’s underneath the tile. But even a difficult removal job is do-able if you have patience! First gather the tools you’ll need: safety glasses, a hammer, chisel, pry bar, scraper, trash can, and broom or shop vac. Next remove everything possible that’s currently on your floor. If you’re doing a bathroom, it’s not essential to remove the toilet and sink, but it will make the job easier if they’re not there. If you have taken out a toilet or sink or vanity, there will be an edge of tile that is now exposed. Put on your safety glasses and start your tile removal from this edge. However, if your tile is wall-to- wall and there is no bare edge, you’ll have to break a tile using a hammer and chisel to create a starting point. (Start on the grout next to the tile; your chisel will have more purchase there.) Once you have a starting point, you’re ready to begin removal. Use the pry bar and hammer. Put the claw end of the bar under the bare tile edge and pry up. You may need to tap the other end of the pry bar with the hammer. The tile may break as you’re prying it up, depending on what’s underneath. You may have concrete or subflooring or an underlay (typically plywood or mortarboard) or old tile. There may be a layer of mortar or adhesive. You’ll find out what you’re dealing with when you pry up the first tile. Work systematically, and as you pry up the old tile, put it in the trash can to keep your work space free of clutter. Remember tile is heavy; take your trash can out regularly to avoid overloading it. Remove all the tile. You will need to scrape off residual mortar or adhesive that is creating a raised surface. Deal with this either as you remove each tile, or at the end, after all the tile is out. Using your chisel, hammer, and scraper, get rid of anything left on the surface. It needs to be flat and smooth for whatever flooring is going to be laid down next. If you have an underlay, check this carefully for damage. Remove it if it’s damaged or if it’s not suitable for your new flooring materials. Hammer in any nails that are sticking up in the subflooring or the underlay. Then take your broom or shop vac and get up all fragments and debris to leave a clean, smooth surface.
Learn  More 352-404-5235

 How to Remove a

Tile Floor