When your tiles get old and starts to lose its curb appeal and deteriorate, it’s certainly time to have it removed. When it comes to old wall tiles removal, you have two options which is either you do it yourself or call in a professional – with the latter being more advisable. However, if you wish to save some money on installation and carry out the task yourself, then you’ve come to the right place!
Firstly, you have to know that the bonding agent or adhesive usually incorporated to hold a tile against the wall are always very strong or else you’ll find your tiles peeling off. As a result, to have them removed is not the easiest of tasks and bashing them with a hammer, will only have them broken leaving you with the task of having to scrape off the pieces. A better and much easier approach to removing tiles from a wall will be to pry them off one after the other. So how do you go about this? Let’s have a look!
- Safety First, Then Remove The First Tile
Wear a protective eye goggle and gloves.
- Break up the grout around a tile located atthe wall’s centre using a putty knife and hammer.
- Place the putty knife under the the tile and gently it with the hammer.
- Remove The Remaining Tiles
By tapping and prying using the tools - hammer and putty knife, wipe off all the tiles in the vertical row.
- Once done, continue to detaching the tiles in the adjacent rows until you’re able to open a wallboard section that’s around 12 inches wide and does not obstruct a stud.
- Use a keyhole blade to poke it through the wallboard.
- With the help of a reciprocating saw, cut out the wallboard’s section.
- Cut The Fasteners
Using a metal-cutting blade, cut te wallboard-holding fasteners. Make sure the fasteners holding the wallboard to the top and bottom plates of the wall are both detached.
- Remove All Wallboard Sections
Using a similar approach, gently remove the other sections of the wallboard.
- Once completed, you can easily sweep the tiles’ broken pieces.
- Finally, vaccum the grout dust to ensure the work is neatly done.
If you lack a proper training or experience, taking off your tiles from a wall is best left to a skilled professional for the best results and to prevent potential damages which can lead to additional costs.