How To Remove Old Tile Flooring

No matter the type of flooring you are planning on installing in your home, the old flooring should always be removed first. Carpet is fairly simple to remove, wood floors take some work, but aren't too difficult, while vinyl or floor that is glued on is a little more difficult. If your old floor is tile or stone, you are going to have your work cut out for you. This type of floor has mortar holding it to your sub-floor, plus grout in between each tile. Removing it can be a pain, but it can be done yourself.  Before beginning this project, if you aren't entirely sure about doing it yourself, contact a professional flooring company to get a quote. See below for instructions on how to do the work yourself if you're ready to take on the challenge.

Tools And Materials You'll Need For The Job:

  • Hammer drill
  • Tile chisel bit
  • Sledge hammer
  • Floor scraper
  • Shovel
  • Contractor garbage bags
  • Garbage can
  • Shop vacuum
  • Wheel barrow
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Protective glasses, dust mask and gloves
  • Plastic (to keep dust from going into other areas of your home - optional)


  1. If you want to keep the dust down in your home, as those tiny dust particles will get everywhere, put plastic up across doorways to help keep the dust down a bit. You can also use sheets to cover areas that you want to keep dust off of. If you are working in a kitchen for example, you may want to cover your appliances to keep them from getting dust on them and prevent fine scratches. Also cover any vents or registers with newspaper and tape to help cut down on the dust.
  2. Once you have prepped the room a bit, use the hammer drill and chisel bit to begin breaking up the tile. You can also use the sledge hammer to break up the tile. Hit the tile at a right angle to break it up easier. It's best if you have more than one person doing the work, as you can have extra hands working to break up the tile.
  3. After you have the tile broken up, use the shovel to pick up the pieces and put it into a garbage can (with wheels - your back with thank you), or put it into a wheel barrow and dispose of it.
  4. Next, sweep up some of the extra pieces with the broom and then use the floor scraper and hammer drill (with chisel bit) to help remove as much of the mortar as possible from your floor. You will want a flat, level surface when installing your new floor, so you want to get as much of this off of your floor as possible. This is where the dust will multiply like crazy, so be sure to have on your dust mask and protective eye-wear.
  5. Use the shop vacuum to help remove as much of the dust from the floor and the room as possible. Allow the dust to settle, then use the shop vacuum again to remove the dust.
  6. At this point, your floor is prepped and ready for your new flooring.

Removing tile is a difficult process. It's hard work, messy and the amount of dust is amazing. This job can be done yourself, but you may want to consider hiring a professional like Profloors America LLC to do the work for you.

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