DIY Removing Tile

The next step in turning our spare room into a bedroom is removing the tile and prepping for the wooden floor installation. Removing the tile can be very fun if you take the proper safety precautions.

Items you will need:

  • Sledge hammer
  • Tarp
  • Safety eye wear
  • Floor scrapper (preferably a power scrapper)
  • Leveling compound

First put on your eye wear just to be extra safe. Then lay down the tarp over the part of the floor you are going to start with. I suggest starting in the middle. Then take your sledge hammer and slam it down on the tarp to break up the tile. Once you have broken up as much tile as possible under the tarp, remove the tarp and start picking up the large pieces of tile to clear the area. You will then use a broom to sweep up the smaller pieces.

Move on the next area with the tarp. Once you have broken up what you can and removed all loose pieces you are ready to use the floor scrapper. A power scrapper can be rented from home improvement stores such as Home Depot. If you cannot use a power scrapper, then just use a long handled floor scrapper and know it can take longer since it will be more of a manual process. You will slide the scrapper under the edge of the tile and force it under the tile to lift it up.

Go over the bare floor with a broom or even a shop vacuum to clean it as much as possible. Now you are ready to make sure the floor is level. If you notice any irregularities use a floor leveling compound in those areas to make it as level as possible. Follow the directions on the compound mixture and make sure to allow enough drying time.

Now sweep and mop the floor. You are now ready to move on to the wooden floor installation process. At this point you can have a professional come in and install your floor, or you can keep an eye out for any DIY floor installation article. There is something about being able to do it yourself and having more pride in your home.

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