So you have decided your Bathroom, En-suite or maybe even your kitchen tiles need updating from that 1980,s look. Well here at Target Tiles we have helpful tips on everything you need to know about tiling. Follow my helpful guides and all your tiling projects will be easier and finished like a professional. Ask Target Trade team
1# Safety first
When you start removing the old tiles, you’ll often find that pieces of ceramic, porcelain or glass will start flying around the room. Cover any objects like baths, shower trays and worktops with dust sheets to protect them from damage. Grab some safety Goggles and protective gloves. These will protect your eyes and hands from any pieces of tile that may shoot from the wall or floor.
2# Correct Tools for the Job
The next step in our guide ‘How to remove old tiles’ is finding the right tools for the job! For removing tiles, there is the traditional way using a thin chisel, and a hammer. Or now a days a lot of fixers use a Multi tool with a tile blade attached which is great for removing the tiles and adhesive. If you don’t have a chisel or multi tool, you could try using a large, sharp-pointed flat headed screwdriver.
3# removing the first tile
The first tile you’ll remove is always the hardest, as there is usually no easy access from the sides. The best way to start removing the first tile is to make a small hole in the centre of the tile using your hammer but remember to wear goggles as pieces of tiles may splinter off and in circular motions make the hole bigger and bigger until you have a big enough entry hole to insert the chisel or multi tool behind to remove the rest of the tiles
4# removing the rest of the tiles
Once you’ve removed the first tile, there should be easy access through the small hole you have just made. Simply put the chisel in the small hole so behind the wall & floor tiles, and tap it with the hammer, so that it’s sunken nicely behind the tile. Then, pull the chisel slowly towards you, so that it prizes the tile from the wall or floor. Repeat this process outing the chisel behind the tiles and they will come away easily. A good tip if you want to remove just one tile for say a tile is damaged or cracked is the again make a small hole and continue in a circular motion until you are about 10mm from the entire edge. Be careful as you may crack or damage the next tile. The trick here is to break through the perimeter of 10mm tile left, slowly and careful make a small channel, break through the 10mm left, once you have done this work around the entire tile slow and until all of the tile is removed
5# removing the old adhesive
This can be tricky and time consuming so consider if the walls can be tiled over the existing tile adhesive which is completely acceptable as long as the wall or floor adhesive is flat with no lumps remaining. Also consider by leaving the old adhesive things like window frames, door frames and floor thresholds as if you tile over the old adhesive the new tiles will protrude more. If you decide to remove the old adhesive the best way is to use a multi tool. Consider maybe skimming the walls with a one coat plaster. Or maybe fitting plaster board directly on to the old walls if you can as this can be a quick mess free solution and gives a nice flat surface to wall tile upon to. If a floor considering applying a self-level compound as this will make it better to tile upon and also mean you use less adhesive and achieve a flatter floor
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When applying your new tiles, you’ll need to tile onto a flat, sound surface, so if you have followed my tips in 5# then fitting your new tiles should be a lot easier. If you’ve used dust sheets, these should have caught most of the debris. Put all your waste and broken tiles into a cardboard box (bin bags might rip open due to the sharp pieces) and dispose of them in your regular refuse bin, or take them to the tip. Use a dust pan and brush to pick up any loose pieces that the dust sheets didn’t catch. Then finally, give the room a good hoovering to ensure you’ve picked up all the pieces and residue.
7) There you have it – How to Remove Old Tiles!
Once you’ve tidied up, you’ll find yourself with a bare wall or floor space; ready for preparing for tiling! If you haven’t decided on which tiles you’ll be using yet, browse our huge range of where you’ll find hundreds of designs at trade prices.
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