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How To Remove Floor Tiles?

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Our customers often try to take on their Tile Removal project themselves. After getting incredibly frustrated and exhausted from the process our clients reach out to us so that we can handle their demolition project.

In this guide, we will go over the different ways to Remove Floor Tiles so that you can attempt to do it yourself.

How To Remove Floor Tiles:

Removing Floor Tiles is a basic renovation job that anyone can do, although this is only true for small areas. Tackling medium – larger projects will require a Floor Tile Removal specialists team to come out to remove them correctly.

We’ll show you how to lift up the tiles and scrape the glue off the subflooring. Plus, there are a few tips on the best tools to use to make the job easier.

– It should be noted that there are over 15 different installation methods for Floor Tiles. In this guide, we are going to go over the 2 most used methods.
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Installation Method #1
– Glue

Installation Method #2
– Screed, Cement, or Sand & Cement

Tools and materials required
– Tools
– Brickies bolster
– Bucket
– Dust mask
– Dustpan and brush
– Ear muffs
– Gloves
– Heavy-duty floor scraper
– Knee pads
– Mallet
– Paint scraper
– Rag
– Safety glas

Remove The Floor Tiles (Step #1)

Cover any surfaces you need to protect with a drop sheet.

Then, pry the tiles off the floor by driving the bolster blade underneath them with your mallet. In this case, we are starting with an exposed edge, so getting under the tiles is easy.

Scrape Off The Floor Tile Residue (Step #2)

Use a heavy-duty floor scraper to take the bulk of the glue off the floor. As you get closer to any edges you want to protect, switch to a smaller paint scraper. That way you can control the length of your strokes more.

Continue until all the glue is off the floor.

To make the job easier, keep sweeping up as you go.


What Is The Tile Removal Process?

Tile removal is a process that involves breaking the first tile with a blunt tool, and removing the grout as well as the remaining tile fragments. Such a process is practical especially if you want to replace your old tiles with newer ones. At WA Surface Preparation, we make sure that our tile removal Mandurah process is carried out by a team of experts equipped with the proper tools for the tile removal process.

Do You Provide A Dust-Free Tile Removal Service?

Absolutely! Our team at WA Surface Preparation cares about our client’s health and safety, so we make sure that our tile removal Mandurah process includes dust-free services. Not only that, we also offer a complete service, which means that from start to finish, we will only be providing quality workmanship. This includes observing proper protocols to keep you and your family safe while we do our work.

Is Tile Removal Expensive?

Although tile removal processes vary in terms of the floor’s conditions, an average hourly rate ranges between $45 and $150. Our company ensures that our clients enjoy affordable rates while experiencing our professional tile removal service.

Do You Provide Other Forms Of Tile Removal?

We do! We also provide floor removal and timber floor removal. As a team of tile removal specialists, we are also diverse in terms of our services. In addition to that, we only use Australian-made products and materials. Regardless of the size of the project, we always give 100% attention to details.

How Long Is The Tile Removal Process?

The tile removal process usually varies depending on the amount of solution there needs to be done. Some can be done in a few hours, while others can last up to a day. If you avail of our tile services, we will make sure that our team will deliver on time and without delay!

What Is The Difference Between Dust-Free tile removal and traditional methods?

Low-cost tile removal companies do not usually care about the amount of mess it takes to have the process, not to mention the health hazard for their clients. Traditional methods include using traditional tools that are not up-to-date to resolve the mess tile removal entails. As such, availing of the traditional methods of tile removal may cost you more money since damage to your concrete subfloor is likely to happen.

At WA Surface Preparation, we make sure that our tile removal equipment and tools are not only capable of rending dust-free results but also modern and up-to-date


Required Tools For This Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Lump Hammer
  • Cold chisel
  • Dust mask
  • Knee pads
  • Safety glasses
  • Vacuum
  • Trowel

Know Whats Under Your Old Tiles

If you don’t know what’s under your tiles you’ll have to do some detective work to find out. Be sure to protect yourself during the battle — put on some safety glasses and work gloves; broken shards of tile can slice your skin like a knife. Then, grab a chisel and a lump hammer and start in the corner of a tile and remove the corner piece so you can then place the chisel underneath the tile and hammer away until the tile pops off the floor. Once one tile is removed it makes it easier to get under the other tiles to start removing them. Once you have removed the first tile, examine the substrate of the floor to decide on the best course of action in removing the rest of the tiles as there are concrete floors, timber floors, or timber floors that have cement sheeting (tile board underlay) laid over the top of the timber floor.

Figure Out What Installation Method Was Used To Install The Tiles

If the tiles you’re removing were stuck down with adhesive, you can follow the steps above. Using a floor scrapper to remove the adhesive and tiles should do the job.  However, if the tiles were bedded in 25 mm mortar, follow these steps for removing the tile and mortar bed:

1) Place the chisel on the edge of the tile and start hammering out a section to try and break the tile and mortar into sections as it makes it easier to remove. Repeat until you’ve removed several sections of tile and mortar, and break them into manageable sizes. Start breaking up the tiles and mortar, and remove them with a shovel and floor scraper. It’s best to use buckets to put the rubbish in and have them ready for transferring to a bin.

2) Timber flooring can be a little tricky as the adhesive that is used is generally a two-part product that is flexible and generally takes a lot longer to remove. If cement tile board underlay has been laid over a timber floor and the adhesive is hard to remove, investigate if the tile board is worth saving or if it may be best to remove the tile and tile board together. This way, you will get a better finish in the long run.

3) Tile Board underlay is generally used to protect finished tiled floors from the movement that occurs naturally in timber particle boards and plywood floors. Tile Board underlay can be purchased from most hardware. It is 6 mm thick and the size is generally 1800 mm x 1200 mm, and is usually nailed down to the timber floor.

Clean The Area And Check For Bumps

Use a broom and vacuum to remove all loose particles. Use a flashlight parallel to the floor to check for bumps that may not be readily apparent and still need to be removed. Shine the flashlight and look for the shadows cast by the bumps. Scrape the bumps away and clean the floor.

Remove Hollows Or Gouges

If necessary, use a Floor Levelling compound to fill in any deep gouges to make a smooth surface for the replacement tiling.

You may wish to speed up the job with a small jackhammer or electric tile stripper. Any Tile Wizards store can assist you with these tools, as well as offer you a wide range of tile products. You can find Tile Wizards stores across Australia:

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