removing bathroom tile

How to Remove Bathroom Tile
The use of in bathrooms is a standard way of decorating. Removing walls can damage the drywall or underlying structure. Removing flooring can be difficult because of bathroom fixtures such as toilets and sinks. Use these steps as a guide for removing bathroom tiles.

1.0 create action plan

If you are removing wall tiles as well as floor tiles, decide if you will start in one area and work your way out or if you will remove all the floor tiles first and then the wall tiles. The order does not matter, but creating a blueprint before you begin will save time.

Prepare the bathroom.

Clean the bathroom thoroughly with medium-strength bathroom cleaner.
Remove all unnecessary objects from the room so they are not in your way or in danger of being damaged.
Place canvas drop cloths over any fixtures that could be wrecked by errant tiles. This includes the bathtub, counters and mirrors.
Position a couple large buckets on the floor for dumping tiles as they are removed.

Remove the toilet, sink or any other fixtures that cover .

Shut off the water supply to the toilet and drain the water by flushing and then using a sponge for the excess water left in the tank.
Detach the toilet from the water supply. Remove the bolts that connect the toilet to the floor.
Rock the toilet to break the wax seal and remove it from the room or area.
Repeat these steps for the sink.

Take out the first .

Scrape out the grout from around the first you’re removing. Use a utility knife to scrape in between the tiles. The first is always the hardest to remove since there’s no point of entry.
Angle a putty knife into the crack where the grout was removed and wedge it underneath a .
Pull upward on the handle of the putty knife to try to loosen the . If this doesn’t work, use masking tape to create an X on the and drill tiny holes through the tape. Try again to pry up pieces of the now broken first with the putty knife. It might be helpful to pound the end of the putty knife with a mallet for more force.

Remove the remaining tiles. Work from the position of the first .

Things You’ll Need

Cleaning supplies
Canvas drop cloths
Safety goggles
Pipe wrench
Utility knife
Putty knife
Masking tape
Drill and bits

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