How to Remove Plastic Deck Tiles

What You'll Need
Cold chisel
Safety glasses
Dust pan
Shop vacuum
Knee pads
Clear plastic

If properly installed deck tiles make a room look very neat and tidy. There are many types of deck tiles including ceramic, vinyl, wooden and plastic among others. The type of deck tiles you choose should accentuate the décor of your home. Should you change the surroundings of your room, then it may be necessary to change the deck tiles also. Plastic deck tiles are easy to install in your room. They are also simple to remove should the need arise to replace them. This is something that you can do for your self at home without requiring to call a repair person. All you need is to follow a few simple guidelines and the appropriate tools.

Step 1 - Remove Furniture

Remove all the furniture from the room. Carefully remove all the trim work around the room. Keep them in a secure place since you will need to reinstall them after putting up a new floor. Also, move any inbuilt furniture around the room such as cabinets. Remember to cover any vents that may be in the room. This is to avoid any dust from clogging up the ventilation system

Step 2 - Remove the First Tile

It is always easier to start from one end and spread out from there rather than starting from the middle going outward. That way you will be able to move all the plastic tiles in a very short period. Use a chisel to remove the grout that sticks around the plastic tile. Use your hammer to break up the first tile. Remove all the remaining parts of the first tile. Scrape off all the small pieces of the plastic tile and place them in the dust pan. Press your chisel on the bottom edge of the adjacent tiles and lift up the chisel. The plastic tile will pop up. Do the same for the entire room. Collect all the plastic tiles and place them outside the room. Use a heat gun to remove any globs that may extend from the floor

Step 3 - Inspect the Underlayment

Use a broom to clean up the floor area. Vacuum the room to get rid of all minute particles that may have remained after the use of the broom. If your floor has an underlayment, inspect it to see if it is in good condition. If it is not, remove it. Remove the screws that fix the underlayment to the floor. You need to use a screw driver for this. Afterward, use a pry bar to separate the underlayment from the floor.

Step 4 - Prepare the Floor

Use your chisel to remove any grout residue on the floor. Use the broom to clean out the entire floor. Subsequently use the vacuum cleaner to remove any small particles that may remain on the floor. Then leave it to dry in readiness for installation of new plastic deck tiles