Ceramic Floor Tile Removal: Dos and Don'ts Ceramic Floor Tile Removal: Dos and Don'ts

Ceramic floor tile removal is dirty, labor-intensive and time-consuming. It can cost you thousands of dollars if done by a professional. So for a do-it-yourselfer who wants to tackle such a project themselves, there are a few things you should consider. Here is a list of the dos and don'ts in regard to ceramic floor tile removal.


  • Wear goggles. You may need to chip away at tiles or tile pieces, and tile chips can be sharp and dangerous to your eyes. Make sure to wear goggle and protect your eyes.

  • Wear dust mask. Protect yourself from breathing in dust while you work by wearing a mask.

  • Wear gloves. Since chunks of tiles may be sharp, this protects your hands from injury.


  • Don't damage the sub-floor. Minor damage to the sub-floor can be dealt with, but be careful as you remove the floor tiles not to cause any major damage. This floor will provide a base for the new tiles you'll put in.

  • Don't plan on reusing the old tiles. Sometimes homeowners have the desire to remove floor tiles with the hopes of using them again. This can be done, but the removal process is harder. You may get lucky and save some of the tiles for reuse, but don't expect all of them to survive the removal process.

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