Project Guide

How to Remove Ceramic Tile

1
CHIP THE GROUT ALONG THE GROUT LINES
Chip grout along grout lines - Removing Ceramic Tile
  • Use a ball peen or masonry hammer and cold chisel to tap the pieces free. Always wear safety glasses when removing ceramic tile.
  • In some cases, the only way to tear out the ceramic tile is with heavy equipment such as a jackhammer or air chisel.
2
CHIP AWAY AT THE TILE
Chip away at the tile - Removing Ceramic Tile

Use a long-handled floor scraper to scrape away tile fragments and any old adhesive residue. After all the tiles are removed, you may need to smooth the subfloor with a sander.

3
CUT THE SUBFLOOR
Cut the subfloor - Removing Ceramic Tile
  • After you have chipped away at the tile and mortar, cut the old subfloor into small sections with a circular saw equipped with a carbide blade.
  • Pry up the sections with a pry bar. If the old tile was laid on underlayment, cut through the underlayment and mortar but not the subfloor.

 

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