How to Remove a Tiled Floor

Removing a tiled floor yourself may be something you think impossible, however with the right tools and a little elbow grease you can do the job yourself. Below you will find a handy guide to the tools you will need and the steps to follow to remove your own tiled floor.

What You’ll Need

  • Goggles
  • Dust Sheets
  • Dust Mask
  • Hammer
  • Scraper
  • Chisel
  • Gloves
  • Sanding Block
  • Cardboard

How to Remove your Tiled Floor – Step by Step

1. Safety First

When removing any kind of flooring, especially tiled floor, it will likely create a lot of mess and dust. Therefore, for your own comfort and safety it is important you wear a dust mask and goggles – and, for your home’s cleanliness lay a dust sheet.

2. Crack the First Tile

The first thing you will need to do is crack the first tile using a hammer, this may need some strength depending on your tiles. You may only need to do this with the first tile, but if you have issues further down the line this can help remove others.

3. Lift the Tiles

The next step is then to lift the tile using the hammer and chisel to pry the tile up. You should be able to do this to all the remaining tiles without having to break them – this will cause less mess.

4. Assess the Sub-Flooring

Once you have removed all the tiles, you will be able to assess the condition of the existing sub-flooring. In some cases, it may be in good enough condition to lay new flooring immediately, however in other cases it may need some work or complete replacement.

5. Sand the Sub-Flooring

In instances where the sub-flooring needs some work, it may not need a complete replacement. You can smooth out bumpy or old sub-flooring with a sanding block and it can often help ensure its condition so that you can lay new flooring.

Floor Tile Removal Equipment

If you don’t fancy yourself an expert with a hammer and chisel, you can always hire floor tile removal equipment. Using a similar premise, this floor tile remover is a powerful breaker and will easily lift tiles, lino and other flooring types quickly and efficiently.
Now, you’re all set to lay your new flooring.

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About the Author

Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.

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