Removing tile or other floorings can be a real pain in the neck, especially if you don’t really know what you are doing. It most cases, it is best to let a professional expert help with you the floor removal process. However, if you feel you can do it yourself, there are a few things that you need before you start the job. If you don’t have the proper equipment, the job can take longer and be more difficult to accomplish. For just a few bucks, you can buy the following tools that are required for removing old tile flooring.
- Handheld chisel
- Dust mask
- Paint scraper
- Floor scraper
- Riggers or leather gloves
- Safety glasses
- Drop sheet
- Pry bar
The process of removing old tiles in your bathroom and kitchen can involve a lot of dust, which is why the importance of safety gear cannot be stressed enough. Be sure to take regular breaks to prevent yourself from being overcome by the dust.
If the tiles in your kitchen were set in mastic, the removal process is a lot easier than if the tiles were set in mortar. Tiles set in mastic can easily be removed with a floor scraper, but the process can be time consuming and tiresome. Tiles set in mortar must be broken with a hammer before it can be removed. Be sure to hit the tile in the center with the hammer and cover your eyes with the safety glasses. When picking up the broken pieces of tile, use caution because the edges can be sharp enough to cause serious injury. A chisel can be used to chip any remaining pieces of tile. Simply place the edge of the chisel underneath the edge of the grout on the tile. You may need to pry the tile out of place, depending on what adhesive was used to install it. Consider smashing multiple tiles at once to speed up the process. To remove the mortar from the underlayment, you will need to use the hammer again.
Remove the Adhesive
Removing the adhesive underneath of your tile can be near as time consuming as removing the tile. In some cases, you might not need to remove the adhesive completely. However, most of the time, removal of the adhesive is required to cleanly install the new flooring. One tip to follow when removing the adhesive is to heat it up before you try to remove it. You can heat up the adhesive with a heat gun to make removal less of a challenge. A putty knife can be used to remove the adhesive in a clean manner that doesn’t damage the subflooring.
Clean Up the Area
Make sure to thoroughly clean up the area when you have finished. Sweep away the dust from the tiles and the small pieces of tile. It can be easy to miss pieces of tile because they are so small, but it is important to clean up every last piece for safety reasons.