Ceramic tile flooring offers an inexpensive solution for kitchen and bathroom floors. If you decide to remove it, however, you may encounter some problems. Because of its strength and durability, it's not always easy to remove. However, before throwing in the towel and calling a contractor, consider the following tips to remove your old ceramic tile flooring.
Step #1) Prepare The Flooring
The first step in removing old ceramic tile flooring is to prepare the floors. This means placing painter's tarps over the flooring to prevent shards of ceramic from flying into the air (never a good idea). You can by some cheap painter's tarp at most home improvement stores, using these tarps to cover the ceramic tile flooring. Simply cover your floors with the tarp and tape it off at the edges to secure it in place.
Step #2) Gather Your Supplies
Next comes gathering your supplies. In order to remove ceramic tile flooring, you'll need a few basic items, including impact-resistant safety glasses, gloves, a mallet and a pry bar.
Step #3) Demolish Old Tile
Once you've gathered your supplies, you can begin to demolish the old time. With the painter's tarp covering it, use a mallet or sledgehammer to break up the tile. This should essentially break the tile into hundreds of small pieces that you can then carry outside of your home to dispose of. However, be sure to wear your safety glasses when performing this step; otherwise, a stray shard could be knocked into your eyes, causing serious eye injury.
Step #4) Remove the Pieces
The fourth and final step is to remove the broken tile pieces. You can do this either manually by picking up the pieces with your hands, or you can use an electric-powered scraper. Of course, the latter is the most efficient solution, though either method will suffice. Alternatively a putty scraper can work as well. The bottom line is that you need to pick up the broken ceramic tile pieces and remove them from your home.
With your old ceramic tile flooring removed, you can now install new flooring. We won't go into the detail about the different flooring types, though some options to consider include hardwood, laminate, cork, bamboo and vinyl. Familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of each flooring type and choose the one that's best suited for your specific needs.