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Is Tile Floor Removal a DIY Job?

There are a variety of compelling reasons to make you decide on a tile floor removal in your bathroom or kitchen. Maybe the tile floor of your kitchen cracked when you moved your refrigerator. Or the slippery tile floor almost made you slip and fall after you got out of the shower. Or maybe you feel it’s high time to change the design of your tile floors.

Whatever the reasons, removing the tile floor is the job that you’re about to face. Is tile floor removal a DIY job?

Tools and Gear needed for Tile Floor Removal

There are tools to make tile removal quick and efficient. The tools are either hand tools or power tools. The standard tools you need in hand before you start removing the tile floor includes:

  • Shop-Vac
  • Air hammer with a chisel set or chisel
  • Screwdriver
  • Buckets and shovels
  • Hammer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pry bar
  • Scraper
  • Plastic wrap and tarps
  • Floor scraper, long-handled

The proper gear should also be used for safety reasons. Broken tiles are extremely sharp, causing untoward accidents. The proper gear to wear from start to finish tile removal includes:

  • Safety goggles
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Safety mask

Steps involved in Tile Floor Removal

There are steps to do before you dive in and start removing the tile floor.

Get the area ready

The area needs to be prepared before you start breaking the tile floors. You need to:

  • Get free-standing things out of the area
  • Remove all baseboard trim
  • Do Vent sealing
  • Cover the things that can’t be moved

Start on an area that shows cracked or loose tiles

Areas showing cracked or loose tiles will make the tile removal easier. Starting there before you tackle the harder areas gives you a cleaner edge.

Begin the tile removal project

It’s time to remove the tiles as soon as you’ve picked out your starting area. Here are the steps to begin removing the tiles:

  • Use the hammer and chisel to break the first cracked or loose tiles
  • Place a bucket beside you to contain the broken tile pieces
  • Check out the floor’s underlayment to ensure no damage was done
  • Tiles that prove tough to remove can be pulled up by using a pry bar

Here are some reminders to keep in mind as you continue working:

  • Using too much force can not only harm you, it can also cause floor damage
  • The bigger tile chunks can be easily dumped into the bucket by using a shovel
  • Cabinets and walls can become damaged if tiles are removed close to them. The way to prevent that from happening is to use a hammer and chisel to remove the tiles close to them.
  • Tile removal is not a quick and easy project. It is messy and needs some time to finish. Patience and determination hold the keys to the success of the project.

Tile removal can be messy and dangerous. Asbestos is a component found in glues to keep the tiles in place. The best way to know if asbestos is to get a sample of the material and have it tested in a lab. Tile removal by Impact Flooring is safe and stress-free.