You might not be a professional plumber but should have plenty of ideas on how important the removal of wall tiles and floor tiles are. Tiles themselves are not meant to be removed on regular basis. They are placed in a secure and tight way, no matter it is the wall tile on the floor tile.
But there are some differences when it comes to removing tiles from the wall and removing tiles from the floor. In fact, to learn how to remove wall tile is way harder comparing to learn how to remove floor tiles.
The reason is, wall tiles are placed closely and more densely comparing to the floor tiles. Also, the grout line is minimum in case of wall tiles.
If you want to remove wall tiles without creating any prior damage to the wall and the concrete on the wall, you have to follow definite instructions.
Therefore, we have come up with a step-by-step guideline on this very topic. Firstly, we will explain what kind of preparation I need to take. And later on, we will take you through the steps.
Without wasting any prior time, let’s get started.
What preparations do you need to take?
Before taking the chisel, and starting to remove the tile, you need to go to certain precautions.
First of all, protect yourself and everything in the surrounding with a wrap-around cloth. Take a safety goggle, a sleeved shirt, and working glove to protect you.
Secondly, lay down a cloth on the surrounding area and protect fragile surfaces. Also, the cloth will help to make the cleaning process easier.
Protect the baby shower Pan and bathtub by covering them with a piece of cardboard.
If the tile is in your kitchen, you need to cover the pipes and the drains as well. You can do that by putting tape over them.
Step 1: Decide the Grout Area
Decide from where you will start to remove the grout. As we are going to provide you with the steps of removing the grout, deciding the location will make it perfect.
While choosing the area from where you will start, keep in mind that, you should reduce the chance of breaking the tiles and making them easier to remove.
With the proper selection of the area on the grout, you can also save time and energy.
There are a couple of tips-
- When you are up for removing a single tile, you need to remove all the grout around its perimeter. You are not supposed to damage The Other grouts around it.
- If you have to remove more than one wall tile, or the entire wall tiles, start removing the grout from the ceiling and the floor.
Step 2: Heat the Grout
Wall grouts are easier to remove compared to the floor grouts. But before starting the process, you need to have a heat gun or a blow dryer to soften them up.
If the grout is hard enough, applying heat would make them soft and easy to remove. Each time your scrap the grout, warm it up for 13 to 40 seconds to soften them up.
Step 3: Use of utility knife to scrap the grout
The tool that you need in this step is a utility knife. The process may take a while, but it is comparatively less risky and less likely to damage the surrounding tiles.
Grab the utility knife in a sturdy way, and take it around The tile that you are supposed to remove.
On another note, there are grout saws available in the market that can help you out with the same process. But those tools don’t work fine with wall tiles. As we are supposed to talk about removing wall tiles only, we could not recommend you to use a grout saw.
Step 4: Try a Rotary Grinder Machine
Rotary grinder machines are also called dreamless. They can work on removing the tile grouts in a faster way compared to knives.
But remember that, if your hand slips off while using a Rotary grinder machine, it can lead to severe damage and even can break the tiles.
Note that, you may need to purchase an extra head attachment for the Rotary grinder machine. It will help you to fit between the tiles.
Step 5: Remove the grout untill the spacer lugs show up
By working on the grouts, you should have removed the grouts and that should work fine to show you the spacer lugs. Spacer lugs are made of metals, and you should find them clearly visible once you reach till that point.
Step 6: Start taking the first tile off
Take a chisel and a hammer, and start hammering the tile from one end. If you are supposed to remove more than one tiles, you are advised to find the loosest tile from the array.
The tiles are attached to each other by their edges. So, removing the first tile would be the hardest part of the process. Once you are done with the first one, the rest of the tiles should easily come off by slight hammering.
Step 7: Chisel away the broken tiles
If a professional plumber does the job of removing tiles from a wall, he would not break any of the tiles. But if you are not a professional, some of the tiles can break in the middle.
You are supposed to take a chisel and a hammer to take the broken tile off.
That was all we have to say about the process of how to remove wall tile. Hopefully, you have found that helpful and can do it all yourself. However, if you are not sure about any of the steps, you are highly requested to take consultancy from an expert who does it over and over. Good luck!