How To Remove Tile Floor
Removing old tile can be a very tricky process which require lots of skills and experience to get right, the first time. Here, you’ll learn the best approach to removing your old tile by yourself. During the removal process, be sure to incorporate the necessary tools while also protecting yourself by putting on the recommended safety requirements. These includes a floor scraper, paint scraper, dust mask, handheld chisel, safety glasses, drop sheet as well as leather gloves or top quality riggers.
Tile Removal Process
lBreak The First Tile
• Use a hammer to break the first tile (target the centre of the tile with the hammer).
• To protect yourself from the sharp edges of the broken tile, use a drop sheet to cover the surfaces.
lRemove The First Tile
• With a chisel, remove the broken tile that’s still bonded on the floor.
• Position the chisel on the grout line at the tile’s edge to remove the broken but glued tile.
lBreak Up The Remaining Tiles
• Break up several tiles at once and use the floor scrapper to remove it.
• Ensure that the bonding agent used is pliable to make the job a soft work. If the bonding agent is a bit more permanent in nature, then you might want to consider a dynamite to dislodge the flooring.
lRemove The Mortar
• Hit the mortar with a hammer on a 2 to 3 foot square section to remove it from the underlayment.
• Scrape off the mortar’s broken pieces using a floor scraper
• In the event whereby most of the mortar is not removed, your best bet would be to change the underlayment.
• Bonding agent (adhesive) removal is not the easiest of tasks. To make it a bit simpler, you can softening the adhesive with a heat gun before scraping with the help a wide putty knife.
Tile removal is not only a tedious task, but can also be harmful if adequate care is not taken. If you’re inexperienced or not well trained, we’d recommend you hire the services of a professional to avoid making mistakes and incurring extra costs.