How to Remove Ceramic Tile
Time Required: Over 1 day
Before installing any new tile or flooring, you may need to remove old or damaged tile and mortar. This guide details how to remove the tile in three steps.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Don't worry if you don't own all of the tools needed to complete this DIY project. Rent tools and trucks for any project at The Home Depot.