If you need to know how to remove a marble floor, using the proper tools and little instruction can help simplify the process. Like any do-it-yourself project, take your time so you can ensure both safety and success. Once it’s gone, you’ll be able to tackle that new flooring project you’ve been lining up to accomplish.
Step 1 – Prep the Area
Make sure you remove all the articles from the room where you intend to remove the marble floor. Also examine the floor, making sure there are no loose pieces of anything. You might want to remove any wall hangings to be on the safe side.
Step 2 - Start in the Middle
Starting in the middle of the room, use demolition hammers (sledgehammers) striking at a grout joint to begin breaking up the floor.
Step 3 – Use the Chisel
Ease the chisel underneath the edge of marble tiling, working away from the center. Employ a side to side motion for the most effective removal.
Step 4 – Smaller Areas
You are going to have to use a hammer and chisel in those smaller areas where the demolition hammer is too big and unyielding. Be particularly careful around the corners of the room and doorways.
Step 5 – Missed Spots
The demolition hammer will miss quite a few areas where you’ll need to use either the smaller hammer with chisel or the pry bar to loosen the floor to remove.
Step 6 – Scrape the floor
Once all the debris – large and small – has been removed, use the floor scraper to dislodge any stubborn material still clinging. You made need to make several scraping sweeps to get all the material needed.
NOTE: You should be wearing not only protective eyewear and gloves while removing a marble floor but also wear a dust mask. Breaking up a marble floor will cause a lot of dust to be released. Therefore, pay attention to walls, windows and other areas that may need to be wiped clean after removing the floor. Use a damp cloth to wipe away dust residue.
Don’t throw away any broken up flooring stone. It can be broken up even further to use as decorative stone in walkways, around and in plant beds plus many other uses where the need for chopped up stone exists. Be careful whenever breaking up marble not to injure yourself. Always use the most caution and safe wearing the appropriate protective eyewear. Be sure to store any broken up pieces of marble out of the reach of children. Broken marble can have some pretty sharp edges that would be dangerous if handled by someone without gloves. Never let children play with any broken pieces of marble. If possible, always store marble chips in a safe, dry environment preferably where no one has easy access so as not to get hurt.