How to Remove a Slate Tile Backsplash

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-75
What You'll Need
Putty knife
Plastic sheets for cover

Just like the majority of the home improvement jobs, removing a slate tile backsplash is far easier than installing one. It is fairly simple and does not require any expensive materials. Follow the quick and easy steps below to have a slate tile backsplash-free wall.

Step 1 – Examine

Go over the area where the slate tile backsplash has been installed. Examine to find out how the slate tile backsplash has been installed.

Step 2 – Dry Wall

After the inspection if you find that the slate tile backsplash has been installed on a dry wall, then you will have to take off the dry wall as well.

Step 3 – Care

Even though factoring in the dry wall increases your job, the silver lining is that while taking the tiles off you do not have to worry about damaging the dry wall. But after examining, if you are not sure about what lies behind the tiling, then make sure that you work carefully, so as not to damage the backing.

Step 4 – Prep Work

Make sure to take all necessary precautions to avoid damages to objects during the slate tile backsplash removal session. Cover the floor and other areas with a protective plastic sheet. Move all objects away from the work area.

Step 5 – Safety

Make sure to insulate yourself properly before you start work on the slate tile backsplash. Your safety is of utmost importance.

Step 6 – Chipping

The first process in the removal is to chip off the center tile of the backsplash. Use a hammer to tap on the surface. This will chip the middle portion a tad bit. Applying too much force is not advisable.

Step 7 – Putty Knife

Now use a putty knife to slide through the area that has been chipped off in step number six. Slide the putty knife in and try pushing out the tiles. Again, apply minimum force. The putty knife will help separate the tiles from its backing. It is fairly easy and simple to detach the tiles in this fashion.

Step 8 – Complete the Task

Make sure to remove each and every tile. If there are some remains, scrap them off with the edge of the putty knife.

Step 9 – Cleaning

Wear your work gloves and start collecting all the tiles that have been removed from the slate tile backsplash.

Step 10 – Tip

You could collect all the tiles that have not been ruined and reuse them for any future project. But make sure to soak them in water right away to take the adhesive off.

Step 11 – Clear the Area

Clean the sand settlement if any and discard all the debris from the slate tile backsplash.

Step 12 – Finishing

Step back and check your work.