Removing Ceramic Tile Flooring

For many homeowners, removing ceramic tile flooring is a nightmare that they would just as soon avoid. Because of this mindset, there are generally only two options for the homeowner with damaged or old ceramic tile flooring that needs to be replaced.

One option is to hire expensive professionals to come in and remove the ceramic tile flooring and the other option is to procrastinate about removing the flooring until the damage becomes unbearable or the individuals leave the home.

Although removing ceramic tile flooring can be labor intensive, it is not the impossible task that many have made it out to be. If the task is taken at a moderate pace, say two to three days for a large area, the homeowner will be able to handle the removal on their own and potentially save themselves several thousand dollars by completing the work as a do it yourself project.

If you cannot dedicate that much time to the project or you are in poor health and will not be able to expend the energy needed safely, then you may want to consider hiring a professional to handle the job.

Preparing To Remove Ceramic Tile Flooring

The first thing to consider when preparing to remove ceramic tile flooring is whether or not you are going to try to save the tile for another project. Some individuals use the removed tiles for creating countertops or backsplashes, combining recycling with a decorator’s touch.

Individuals that are not trying to save the tiles for another project will have an easier time removing the flooring as they do not have to be careful not to break the tiles if they are discarding them.

The next step in preparing to remove ceramic tile flooring is to obtain all of the items that will be needed to complete the project. You will need safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying chips, a mask to protect your lungs from the dust that will be created, and a hammer and chisel or electric chipper to remove the tiles. For clean up afterward, you will need a broom and dustpan to sweep up the resulting dust and a damp sponge to remove any particles of dust that remain on the floor or walls.

Removing Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile flooring is removed by manually forcing the tile to part with the underlying structure holding it firm. In many cases, the tile may chip or crack during the prying of the tile from the floor, which could cause injury if the homeowner is not careful.

Each of the tiles will need to be removed from the floor one by one. It is important not to damage the underlying flooring as this flooring will provide a base for whatever type of flooring is going to replace the tile that was removed.

It is easier for most homeowners to begin removing the ceramic tile flooring at the door way or entry way of the room and working their way across the room to the opposite side.

This allows for an obvious progression across the room that can be heartening to the homeowner and many of the tiles will be loosened slightly by the activity of removing the tiles around it, making the removal of the tiles easier and less time consuming.

Actually prying the tiles from the base and adhesive beneath is the hardest part of the project and is the reason why so many companies charge an arm and a leg to come in and do the job for you.

After all of the tiles have been removed from the floor, the only thing left to do is to clean up the area. All of the tiles and tile chips should be discarded and the entire room swept to remove all of the dust created by the project. Finally, a sponge damp with water should be used to wipe the newly exposed flooring and the walls to remove the last traces of dust from the room.