How to Remove Floor Tiles and Prep for New Flooring

Javi Calderon

How to Remove Floor Tiles and Prep for New Flooring

At least once in your lifetime youwill find yourself considering changing the floors in your home. Whether you’velived in your home for twenty years and its finally time for some change, oryou’ve just moved into your first home and its in need of some updating – atsome point, you’ll either need to pay a contractor to take up your floors,or you’ll have to get down to some hard work. 

In many homes, the kitchen andbathrooms are covered in laminate flooring or tile. Laminate flooring is easyenough to take up, so we will discuss how to take up old tile flooring and thenget the sub-floor ready for the new material. 

First, you will need:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves
  • Paint scraper
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Chisel
  • Putty Knife
  • Old towel
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Solid broom

5 Easy Steps for Removing Floor Tiles

  1. Removing old tile is rigorous, but not complicated. Start in one corner by draping the old towel over an area of tile as close to the wall as possible, and then gently but firmly hammer the tiles underneath until they crack into small, loose pieces. The towel is used to keep loose pieces from flying off and becoming dangerous.
  1. First, pull up the corners where four tiles meet. Then, remove the larger, loose pieces by hand. For the smaller ones, use the paint scraper, pry bar and chisel to take up the rest.
  1. Make your way across the floor systematically. Always lay down the towel before you begin breaking the floor with the hammer.
  1. Once you’ve removed all the larger pieces and have taken up the pieces that remained attached to the floor using your tools, there is still bound to be tons of rubble lying around. Use the shovel or trowel to scoop all the debris from the area.
  1. Finish up by carefully sweeping the dust away, as well.

How to Remove Leftover TileMortar 

Unfortunately, just removing thetiles and sweeping away the debris doesn’t finish the job. There will still beleftover grout or mortar that will need to be removed in order for thesub-floor to be completely even so the new flooring can be installed.

The grout is all the extra junkleft over. It is used to adhere the tiles together, and the tiles to the floor.The grout is removed with a chisel, paint scraper and hard work.  Using these two tools, get under thegrout and scrape it away without injuring the sub-floor.

Make your way across the spaceuntil all of the adhesive is removed. Sweep away the debris with a broom.Giving the sub-floor a good washing at this point is a good idea.

Now your space is ready for the newflooring!

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