A Short Guide to Tile Removal

To install a new floor, it must undergo the process of tile removal. The problem lies in the difficulty of getting rid of these old ones. It’s no secret removing floor tile is a demanding and challenging project.

A factor that contributes to the struggle is the construction or what is found underneath. There are so many kinds of material the tile could have been adhered to – bare cement, plywood, mason board or just a previously available surface. These all have to be taken out to make room for whatever comes next.

Signs you need tile removal:

Stained – Stained tiles are very hard to clean. When they have been really overused and have stood the test of time, even professional help cannot bring back their life. It might be easier to just make the change. Stained ceramic, stones and metal do not look good. Hence, they do not contribute to the overall appearance of the room.

Discoloured – All tiles will eventually absorb moisture. The degree just depends on the type and resistance of the clay biscuit used in the material. When a tile is exposed to water, the biscuit gets wet as well. This, then, gives the whole tile a darker shade. The liquid is absorbed like a sponge and affects the colour.

Flaked glaze – the flaking of the glaze on tiles seems is called delamination. The root cause is also contamination of the biscuit. This concern is said to be a manufacturing default that does not appear until the tiles have been completely installed.

Chipping – Heavy objects that fell or being dragged on the surface causes chipping or cracking. Chipping also damages the glazed surface but is different from the usual delamination.

Common tools used:

  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Trowel
  • Rotary grinder
  • Machines
  • Hammer trolley
  • Ride-on scraper
  • Walk-behind scraper

Totally Stripped will not only get rid of your old tiles but your problem as well. Work with floor preparation specialists in tile removal and other services with 30 years of experience!