Removing Bathroom Tile for Replacement

  • 8-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-30
What You'll Need
Metal putty knife
Rubber mallet
Face mask
Canvas drop cloth
Grout removal tool
Work gloves
Safety glasses

Removing bathroom tile to replace it with a new tile may sound like an arduous process; however, replacing bathroom wall tiles is not really a time-consuming effort if you use the right tools for the job. You may choose to use simple tools that are found in any household to get the job done, or else you can go for more powerful tools to finish the task more quickly.

Prepare Yourself

Wear a face mask, safety glasses, and work gloves for safety. Then cover the floor with the drop cloth so that if any tiles fall the flooring would not be damaged.

Remove the Grout

Use either a manual tool or an electronic rotary tool. Manual tools generally have a triangular-shaped blade which you have to press down into the grout to scrape between the tiles. If you opt to use a rotary tool, attach the proper bit, and manage the correct depth and angle manually. Do not push too hard to avoid damaging the wall.

Start Removing Tiles

Slide the knife to the edge of a tile. Push the putty knife beneath the remaining tiles and pry them loose. Grip the knife firmly and tap it gently with the rubber mallet. Work by sections, since it allows a better angle for leverage, both for grout and tile removal. It is important to keep your knife at an angle so you do not damage the wall.

Remove More Grout

After having removed the grout in Step 2, you can now remove grout from another section. At this stage, it will be much easier to remove the grout, since you would have more room to maneuver your tools.

Repeat for Remaining Tiles

Slide the putty knife under the next tile to remove; tap the knife’s handle with the mallet, just as you did in Step 3. Naturally, the more tiles you remove the easier it becomes to remove others. Continue in this way until you remove all the tiles you wanted to replace.

After you have removed all the tiles you want, make sure you dispose of them safely. If you managed to keep the tiles intact, you can store them for future DIY projects. If the tiles broke, or if you have no use for them anymore, it would be best to reduce them to small pieces to avoid danger from any jagged ends they may have. Once you have sorted out the old tiles, you can start to replace them with the new tiles.