How to Remove Tile
Removing tile isn’t an easy task, and something that many homeowners decide is simply more trouble than its worth. If that doesn’t scare you away, there are some tips to help make the process a bit easier. Read through them and try out the most applicable to your tile flooring to cut down on your time investment.
- Wear Protective Gloves – When tile breaks it gets sharp, make sure that you’re wearing leather work gloves to protect your hands, before you start breaking the tiles off.
- Hammer and Chisel – To start with, break away tile with a cold chisel and mini sledge hammer. Break down to the sub-floor to see what the tile is adhered to.
- Pry up Mortar – After you dig down into the tile you’ll quickly see what the tile is stuck to. If it’s sitting in a bed of mortar, you’re in luck. It should be easy to remove. Get a big flat bar, and begin prying up the tile and mortar all at once. Work from one side of the room.
- Cut Plywood or Cement Board – If you’re dealing with plywood or cement backer board as the underlayment for your tile flooring, your best option is to cut away the tile. Pry up two rows of tiles so that they intersect in the middle of the floor. Now carefully cut through the underlayment to remove the tile. Be careful to cut the underlayment without cutting the subfloor.
A reciprocating saw works best for this job, but make sure you have one with plenty of power because it’s a long process.
Consider a Professional
Tile and wallpaper removal is a significant project and not something that everyone is equipped to handle. Many homeowners decide to rely on professionals to save time and to ensure a complete removal of the tile or wallpaper. Contact a contractor like Sebring Services or check out this company to find a professional.
Hopefully these tips will simplify your project and help speed up the removal process for you. Every project is different and not all the tips will work for you. Just try the ones that make sense to you, and keep using the hints that help you the most while avoiding the rest.
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