How To Remove Old Tile Flooring

First, you’ll need to break up the existing tile floor. Do this by placing a towel over the section you plan to break up and remove to prevent pieces from flying everywhere. Take a sledge hammer and strike the top of the towel breaking the tile below into pieces.

HAND AND POWER SCRAPERS

Once all of the tile has been broken into pieces, remove the towel and use a hand-scraping tool to separate any remaining pieces and adhesive still stuck to the floor. Depending on how much adhesive the previous installer used, it may be necessary for you to rent a power scraper. You can get one for about $50 per day and we highly recommend the investment, especially for larger projects.

MAKE THE SURFACE AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE

If you do end up renting a power scraper, be sure to purchase extra blades and always wear eye and ear protection when using this piece of equipment. Once the entire floor has been scraped, you’ll want to take a flashlight low to the floor and inspect for any bumps in the surface. If you find any, these must be removed before installing the new flooring.

FILL IN LOW AREAS

Also be sure to check for any low areas in the surface are you just scraped. You will want to use a floor leveling compound for filling in any dents or grooves left over from your tile removal process. In order to make your new floor look the best it can, it’s very important that you take your time and do a thorough job when breaking and scraping away your old tile flooring.