removing old mosaic tile on the floor

Old 09-09-02, 12:44 PM
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removing old mosaic tile on the floor

Hi there!

New to the forum and have a question about getting rid of some old bathroom floor tile. I just bought my own condo and the bathroom is functional but absoluately old and dirty. The floor tile is the worst of it. The small tiles are blue and white and about an inch big square.

Now my question is, how do I get rid of this floor to put in new tiles? It seems to be a lot of work looking at the amount of grout used on the floor. There are a huge amount of tiles.

Thanks in advance
Old 09-09-02, 07:15 PM
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You have a job cut out for you! The best thing I can suggest is to remove tile and underlayment (if applicable)

It sounds as though you have an older home and the tile is in mortar base. It might have metal lathe as well.

Basically, you will be removing the toilet, vanity and flooring. In some cases the underlayment may be OK if the felt underneath hasn't torn or worn out. In older homes, no underlayment was used, just felt over 1x planking subfloor. BEFORE YOU START ANY DEMO AND IF YOU HAVE A BASEMENT, REMOVE ALL ITEMS DIRECTLY BENEATH THE BATHROOM AND STAPLE POLY TO CEILING JOISTS IN BASEMENT. IT WILL GET DUSTY!

Use a wrecking bar to pry sections out. You could use a sledge to break it up but be carefull of flying debris - WEAR GOGGLES AND HEAVY GLOVES.

If you are replacing any fixtures, i.e. such as the tub too, this is a good time to do it.

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Good Luck!

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